By A.J. Proger, Sports Editor
Coming into Saturday’s game at Offutt Field in Greensburg PA, Zach Amedro needed 499 yards to surpass Jimmy Terwilliger for the NCAA DII passing record.
It was safe to say that if Amedro had a great performance he would come close to the record, but might have to wait one more week to make history.
He didn’t knock on the door of the record; he busted the door off its hinges.
Amedro had one of the best games of his entire career, completing 34 of 44 passes for 525 yards (14,377 overall) and a West Virginia Conference record of eight touchdown passes in an 82-36 demolition of the Seton Hill Griffins.
The score wasn’t even that close if you take away the fact that the Hilltoppers spotted Seton Hill a 15-0 lead before WLU even touched the football.
The Griffins took the first drive of the game down the field as R.J. Butler finished it off with a 26 yard touchdown run.
On the fake extra point attempt, kicker Josh Cavalier ran the ball in for a two point conversion.
The hosts were not done with their bag of tricks as they attempted and recovered an on-side kick attempt.
Seven plays later, that drive was capped off with a David Miller rush into the endzone.
Adam Gillingham made good on the PAT for a 15-0 lead on the home side of the scoreboard.
West Liberty finally got hold of the pigskin and took full advantage on the cold and windy afternoon by flexing all of their muscles.
Ryan Travis caught a 27 yard catch from Amedro for a touchdown to finish up the first Topper possession.
Mike Blewett got the Toppers back to within 15-7.
Both teams alternated touchdown drives the next four possessions to give Seton Hill a 29-21advantage early on in the second quarter.
That was the point in the game when the Hilltopper express went from a steaming locomotive to an all out freight train.
West Liberty’s first full drive of the second ended when Amedro found David Carter in the back of the endzone for a three-yard touchdown pass.
The visitors trailed by one at 29-28 with Blewett’s extra tally.
Brandon Carver got into the act on the Toppers’ next drive by catching a 28-yard touchdown reception for a 35-29 lead.
That was the score at the halftime break.
The Hilltoppers continued their perfect scoring pace as Amedro and Carter hooked up for the second time of the day, this one from two yards out as West Liberty extended the lead to 42-29.
After forcing the Griffins into a punting situation, Roger Waialae’s team went seven for seven on scoring drives when Carter caught his third touchdown of the day for a 48-29 lead.
Seton Hill finally scored another touchdown when D.J. Lenehan completed a 27-yard pass to Zach Delo to pull to within 48-36.
The scorekeeper would not need to worry about the home side of the scoreboard the rest of the game, but he might have wanted to make sure all of the lightbulbs in the vistor’s side of the big board were working.
West Liberty scored on every drive the rest of the way, including a defensive touchdown.
On the first play of the ensuing drive Kevon Calhoun went 58 yards untouched to the house for his second touchdown of the day and a 55-36 lead.
The Griffins turned the ball over on downs to give the Toppers possession at their own 20yard line.
On the first play of that drive Calhoun got his third touchdown of the day, this one of the passing completion variety from quarterback Amedro.
The extra point gave the visitors a 62-36 lead.
The next Seton Hill possession ended when Josh Madrid forced a fumble that was recovered by Leonidas Redding at the West Liberty 12.
Five plays into the following drive, Amedro hit Willie Walker for a 25-yard pass to the SHU 23 yard line to give him the all-time passing record.
The Toppers called a timeout so the legendary signalcaller could enjoy the historic moment as the WLU fan section went wild.
Amedro finished out the drive by connecting to David Carter for the fourth time in the game.
That touchdown pass covered 21 yards and gave the Toppers a 69-36 advantage.
On the next West Liberty drive Tyler Tucci came into the ball game.
It did not take him long to be a part of the scoring party as he found Alex Matviko, who is the holder on extra point attempts, for a nine-yard TD pass.
Blewett made it 76-36.
The Griffins nearly scored one last time, but the football would be coughed up and recovered by Derrick Rovira, who ran 99 yards to complete the scoring on the day.
Amedro was not the only one to top the record books on Saturday.
Kevon Calhoun set the record for rushing touchdowns (38) and overall touchdowns (44) in West Liberty history.
Ryan Travis extended his West Liberty receiving touchdowns record to 33. That is also a school record.
The 82 total points is the most ever in a regular season game and just two points shy of the 84 lumber job that West Liberty put on Edinboro last year in the playoffs.
The Toppers have one more shot to set some more records and extend others this Saturday when they travel to Concord to face the Mountain Lions.
Gametime is set for 1 p.m.