Juelz Goff is in the midst of a dominant senior season, leading the Central York Panthers to an 8-0 record with two regular season games left on the schedule, and he etched his name in the Central York history books Friday night.
In the midst of a 35-27 win over Red Lion High Friday night, a 37-yard rushing touchdown broke a 48-year-old career rushing record and retook the Panthers’ lead. With well over 200 yards on the ground Friday night (the official number is unconfirmed), Goff is now the all-time leading rusher in Central York history.
Goff scored four touchdowns in the win, pulling the Panthers to victory with touchdowns of 1, 2, 34 and 37 yards.
Goff put together a stellar junior season at Central York, running for 1,611 yards (8.3 yards per carry) and 31 touchdowns and adding 335 yards (14 yards per reception) through the air, but he set an offseason goal to achieve greater consistency on and off the field.
And as he’s crossed the 1,000-yard mark for an unbeaten Central York squad through eight games, he’s reached even more soaring heights for the Panthers this season.
At 5-foot-10, 190 pounds, with the ability to cut on a dime and reach that second gear when he hit the second level of the defense, Goff looks like a future star. He grew up in Central Pennsylvania, watching LeSean McCoy every Sunday, and his play Friday didn’t look out of place on a McCoy highlight tape.
“(LeSean McCoy was) definitely one of my favorite backs growing up,” Goff told PSN when he committed. “Like, the shifty ability, the side-to-side quickness, the lateral movement, it’s just stuff you look up to growing up.”
Goff committed to Pitt after his Junior Day visit in January, locking in very early in his recruiting process, and he made his official visit to Pittsburgh over the week of June 8. And it was just another chance to lock in with the coaching staff and further his bond with the program.
“Obviously, I’m committed to Pitt, so my main focus was to comfort some of the other guys and inform them about what I’ve experienced,” Goff said after his official visit in June. “Also, just talk to them about some of the coaches that they haven’t met yet or might be new to.
“So, yeah, this was a very comfortable weekend for me. I was also getting myself comfortable with the Pitt system and understanding some of the Pitt coaches since I had the chance to be around them for consecutive days. I thought that was a very good experience for me.”
Goff wasn’t the most highly recruited prospect coming out of Central York, but it’s clear that Pitt has a gem in its record-breaking running back commit. And he’s not alone in arriving at Pitt next season either.
Goff forms a very, very strong duo with four-star running back Yasin Willis, with both currently committed to Pitt, and it bodes very well for the future of Pitt’s running backs room.