After a record-setting junior season that saw him throw for 2,357 yards and 30 touchdowns, Philadelphia (Pa.) Frankford quarterback Tim DiGiorgio is back at the helm for the 6-2 Pioneers as the city playoffs approach.
DiGiorgio hopes a deep playoff run starts this week.
This year, DiGiorgio has thrown for 959 yards and six touchdowns in seven games, but he has happily downsized his passing numbers in favor of a more balanced attack.
"My stats aren't are good as last year, but we haven't really had to pass since the the first three weeks of the season," he explained. "I've got 959 yards and six touchdowns, but this year we've got more of a running game and I think we're a better team because of it."
The 6-foot-2, 175-pound lefty and his team were idle last week and await Northeast on Saturday in the Philly Public League Class AAAA semifinals. He has high hopes for his club in the coming weeks.
"The only thing on my mind is to get a good week of practice in and then it's game time," he said. "The bye week has been taking too long. This year we just want to do something special. I want to be the first public league team in Philadelphia to make a long run in states. People think whoever comes out of the public league 4A will get mercy ruled by La Salle or St. Joe's Prep in the City Championship, and I just want to prove those people wrong."
On the recruiting side, DiGiorgio has fielded interest from Penn State, Indiana, Rutgers, Delaware, Old Dominion, Stony Brook, Towson and Villanova. He was at Penn State on Saturday to watch the Nittany Lions take on Ohio State.
DiGiorgio camped at Penn State twice this summer and the Nittany Lions are looking at him as a preferred walk-on candidate.
"It was great, I was very excited because I've always loved Penn State," he said. "The atmosphere was crazy, I really had a good time. I love the fans and the tradition. It was also my first college game and this is something that I'll never forget."