Published: October 25, 2012
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Almost every high school student looks forward to their senior year and Old Forge senior Brenden Wahl was no exception.
Wahl couldn't wait for this year because he knew he was going to get the opportunity to start at quarterback for the powerful Blue Devils.
It has certainly been worth the wait as he has helped guide Old Forge to an unblemished 8-0 mark.
"I have said it all along, he could have started for us last year if Colin (Carey) wasn't such a good athlete and a great leader," said Old Forge football coach Mike Schuback.
Wahl waited for his chance and this season he is delivering. His success isn't a surprise to himself of his coach.
"I thought I would be doing exactly what I am doing now," Wahl said. "Because of the athletes around me and the line gives me the time to do everything I can. The athletes around me are great."
Going into the season, expectations were high for Old Forge and the unknown outside of Old Forge would be the quarterback position. But Wahl has proved himself as a leader and someone who makes big plays.
"Brenden puts a lot of time in," Schuback said. "He is always making adjustments. He always sees a lot of things."
On Friday, Old Forge needed Wahl to come up with a big game and he delivered on a sloppy wet field. Carbondale was giving Old Forge trouble in the first half and doing a good job containing the strong Old Forge running game.
Wahl threw for two touchdowns in the first half as Old Forge took a 16-0 lead into the half. Carbondale cut the lead in half with a touchdown and a two point conversion making the score 16-8 early in the second half.
Then Wahl and Old Forge took control of the game. Wahl hit Anthony Piccolini for a 40 yard touchdown and followed later in the third quarter with a one yard touchdown run. In the fourth quarter, Wahl hit Piccolini for a 55-yard touchdown, the third touchdown of the game for the two.
"We started in May, worked over there," Wahl said of his chemistry with
Piccolini as he pointed to a practice field. "We worked on route running, timing, everything, just getting it down pat, and it is working out pretty well."
Old Forge is considered one of the top Class A teams in the state, they are set up to win the Lackawanna Football Conference Division III title if they win their remaining two regular season games and will also be the top seed in the PIAA Class A District 2 playoffs.
"I couldn't wait. All the seniors in there actually, we just couldn't wait to get out here because we knew how good we could be and we just have to keep working," said Wahl. "We just have to stay focused and look at it game by game and don't look over anybody, get in districts and let it play out."
Wahl also plays basketball for Old Forge and would like the change to play college football after he graduates.