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Former Friendship QB wins college conference honor

Staff Reports • Sep 26, 2017 at 5:09 PM

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. - West Chester quarterback A.J. Long was named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference offensive player of the week, it was announced Tuesday morning.

The former Friendship Christian star threw for two touchdowns and rushed for a pair of touchdowns in his first start of the season to lead West Chester to a 35-14 victory over Lock Haven on the road.

He was responsible for four of the team's five touchdowns on the afternoon. He rushed 15 times for 181 yards and two touchdowns while also going 12-for-26 for 198 yards and a pair of TDs.

Long is back in his home state of Pennsylvania. He and his family moved to Lebanon from Bethlehem, Pa., following his sophomore year in high school. He quarterbacked Friendship to the 2012 Class 2A state championship and was a Division II Mr. Football finalist as a senior with electrifying performances as a runner and passer..

Signing with Syracuse University, he started five games as a true freshman, completing 89 of 165 passes for 935 yards and four touchdowns with eight interceptions. He became the first true freshman in SU history to throw for two TDs in a single game when he did so against Florida State, earning Atlantic Coast Conference honors.

But injuries sidelined Long with the Orange. He transferred to Wagner College on Staten Island, N.Y., and participated in spring practice before injuries again kept him out of action.

Long is listed as a redshirt sophomore with West Chester, an NCAA Division II school.

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