Washington head coach Mike Bosnic, a former Pitt offensive lineman (1997-2001) held back no emotion following his team's 26-14 upset of previously unbeaten South Fayette. He called this coming Friday a 'dream come true' for any player or coach.
His star running back, Shai McKenzie, has been putting up big numbers all year. In fact, another 85 yards, and McKenzie will top Rushel Shell's 2009 rushing total of 2,740 yards--the highest rushing total in WPIAL history. Through 12 games this season, McKenzie has 2,655 with 42 touchdowns. In 10 of those 12 games, McKenzie has finished with at least 200 yards, including 293 on 42 carries with all four of his team's touchdowns.
"He's such a great player," Bosnic said of his running back. "We rode him (Friday), and he took us all the way."
Not that he needed any more yardage, but McKenzie also had a 41-yard touchdown run called back because of a hold. Had that play been good, call it 334 yards on 43 carries with five touchdowns.
"I have to continue to keep doing what I've been doing," McKenzie said after the game. "We blocked really well, and just made it happen."
With all those rushing yards has come a heavy amount of interest. McKenzie credits his head coach--who once went through the process as a Division I recruit--for preparing him for how the whole process is going to go. There's no question that following a performance like he had in a semifinal game like this, that an increase in interest can be expected.
"It's good, (Bosnic) is trying to make me like a national recruit," McKenzie said. "I've been working hard, and trying to prepare myself; getting better and better. I watch films of myself, and try to improve in any way that I can."
What schools has he heard from?
"Anyone you can think of, I get about 55 letters a day," McKenzie joked. "It's all right. It's a little new to me, but it's all right. I'm getting used to it."