Piranha Football - A Winning Tradition: '10 Press Box: The "Sack Frenzy"


Thursday, October 28
The "Sack Frenzy"

With the possibility of only three more games at most, and only one game guaranteed, the single-season sack record set by the 2001 Piranha defense looked like it would remain in tact.

That was until last weekend when the Piranha defense notched a ‘baker’s dozen,’ and sent Trojans quarterback Andre McGlone to the turf 13 times. A new record was born.

It was the 79th sack recorded this season by the Central Penn Piranha defense. The previous record was 78 (2001). What makes this accomplishment even more impressive is that it only took this year's edition of the “Sack Frenzy” 12 games, whereas the 2001 team needed 15 games.

This season's sack rate (6.58 per game) is also a new record.

In comparison with the NFL records, the Piranha are still tops. The 1984 Chicago Bears hold the single-season record with 72 sacks (took more than 12 games).

The 13 sacks against the Trojans tied a single-game record (South Central Yard Dawgs 2008, 2009; Virginia Hornets 2010). The NFL record is 12, and it was done five times:

NY Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles 2007 (9/30/07)
Dallas Cowboys vs. Houston Oilers (9/29/85)
Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions (12/16/84)
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Baltimore Colts (10/26/80)
Dallas Cowboys vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (11/20/66)

Twenty-one different players have combined to total the 79 sacks. The Piranha defensive backs also deserve a lot of credit for providing coverage sacks.