Durden Steals The Show In First Game

Friday night kicked off the high school football season in western Pennsylvania. One of the bigger matchups was in Triple-A, as Chartiers Valley took on Montour. Wayne Capers and Julian Durden, for Chartiers Valley and Montour respectively, put on quite a display.

For Durden, it was his first game at his new school, Montour. The Spartans built a 35-7 lead, before Capers threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Gillen, trimming the Montour lead to 35-14 at halftime.

Durden got the Spartans on the board first with a five-yard touchdown run. He would add three more touchdown runs, including scores of 50 and 45 yards, finishing with a total of 197 yards on 27 carries in his first game. Last year, Durden played at North Catholic. He jumped up two classifications from North Catholic, and needed just one game to make an impact on his new team.

He also had a 76-yard touchdown run called back on a holding penalty, where he reversed field twice.

"It was a dog fight, but everybody played good," Durden said. "Our defense stuck it out. Everybody played excellent. My line played good. Those (four) touchdowns are from my line. My line blocked excellent. Even my wide receivers--best blockers ever."

Durden might not be flying under the radar for too much longer. He attended a Blue Chip camp in New Jersey over the summer, and was at Pitt's prospect camp in June. He was also with Montour for Pitt's passing camp in June.

At the prospect camp, he was one of the top running backs in attendance, and as he has received a few early letters from some schools, Pitt is a school he is keeping an eye on.

"(Thursday's game with Utah) was a tough loss," Durden said of the Panthers. "At the Pitt camp, I learned how the offense is run. You can tell that the (Pitt) offense is great, that it flows great."

He also follows Pitt running back Dion Lewis.

"Dion Lewis ran good (against Utah)," Durden added. "I like him because he's short. He's basically what I want to be (in college). I just want to be my own person, my own thing. I don't want to be the next anybody."

Durden was at Pitt's first scrimmage of training camp, and expects to be at a few Pitt games this year. He has also received a few letters of interest from some schools.

For Chartiers Valley, Capers--who has a verbal offer from Pitt--had a big game on the ground and in the air. He rushed for the 67-yard touchdown, and finished with a total of 92 yards on 11 carries. He completed 19-of-31 passes for 350 yards and three touchdown passes.

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