Shell Could Break WPIAL Record Tonight

By: Mike Vukovcan

Pittsburgh (KDKA)- Hopewell running back Rushel Shell could make WPIAL history tonight.

If Shell gains 135 rushing yards tonight against Mt. Lebanon, he’ll break the WPIAL career rushing record of 7,646 yards, set by Fort Cherry’s Mike Vernillo in 1999.

Mike White of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Vernillo will be at Tony Dorsett Stadium tonight to see if Shell breaks his record.

Aside from the WPIAL mark, Shell is chasing a national rushing record as well.

The 5-star running back has rushed for over 100 yards in 32 consecutive games, which is seven games away from the national record.

Back in the 70’s, a running back from Hooks, Texas ran for over 100 yards in 39 straight games. His name was Billy Simms, who went on to win the Heisman Trophy in 1978 for Oklahoma.

The 5-11, 210-pound back should set the record tonight considering he’s averaging 226 yards during this streak and has gone over 200 yards in 18 times.

Shell is also close to announcing his college decision, which will reportedly happen on October 14th.

It’s believed that Shell is down to Pitt and Alabama.

Two weeks ago, both Todd Graham and Nick Saban were in attendance to watch Shell vs. Montour.

KDKA-TV Sports will be at tonight’s game so check out our newscast tonight at 11 PM for Shell’s attempt at WPIAL history.

  • Blue Devil

    Wait until he hits the Mt Lebanon line before you crown him rushing king…maybe next week

  • Linda

    we shall see

  • Steve

    All the best to him, but keep in mind that Mike Vernillo never made it in Div I college, let alone making the pros. Too much hype is placed on h/s sports. But good luck to thim.

  • PGH Fan

    Isn’t Hopewell D III? This kid gets too much hype.

  • Linda

    I should have said we “Shell” see!!

  • Wilson

    What did he score on the SAT?

  • rick

    Ask about another great running back, Willy Rigney who Lebo shut down iin the 1967 Baldwin vs Mt Lebanon game of undefeateds. He broke no records,

  • smitty

    Shell is not a positive role model. He fights in school, receives no consequences for yelling in the hall, intimidating others, and makes bad grades. He and girlfriend are expecting a baby in the spring.

  • Lenny Pusateri

    What’s with all the haters?? This kid has talent and enough skill to make it at the next level. It’s nice to know you all are perfect and have never made any mistakes. He’s a kid that’s doing kid stuff. Give him a break!!

  • Linda

    wow arent we all perfect. First it was he wont do it and when he does you have to do this. what was your SAT score Wilson? I dont understand how people can be so rude and not be happy for someone.

  • Jason

    @linda/lenny. Don’t use the AA term “haters”. It makes you look stupid. The point is that it’s just h/s football. There are a LOT of more important things in life. Oh, and the next “level” can be attained with good grades. You two are very much simpletons.

    • Linda

      Excuse me Jason….but I dont see the word “haters”s in my comment maybe you should be sure of what your talkin about before you call people names

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