Alumni Update - Tyler Boyd (Pitt)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

PITTSBURGH—Pitt junior wide receiver Tyler Boyd has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Receiver of the Week for Boyd Pitthis performance this past Saturday at Iowa.

Despite being the focus of Iowa’s nationally ranked defense, Boyd had 10 receptions for 131 yards (13.1 avg.) and the game-tying touchdown catch with 52 seconds left. On the game-tying drive, Boyd had three catches for 32 yards, including grabs that converted a 4th-and-3 (five yards) and the TD (eight yards).

It was the second consecutive contest he reached double-figures in receptions. With his 10 catches,

Boyd moved into second all-time at Pitt with 184 career receptions and is only 18 shy of the record held by Devin Street (202 from 2010-13). It was also the 12th 100-yard receiving contest of his 28-game career.

Boyd, a Clairton graduate, is the nation’s active career leader in receptions per game (6.57 avg.) and ranks third in receiving yards per game (95.0 avg.) and all-purpose yards per game (140.89 avg.). He is the ACC leader in each of those categories.

This is the third consecutive week Pitt players were honored by the ACC. Following the Sept. 12 Akron win, junior nose tackle Tyrique Jarrett was named the Defensive Lineman of the week.

Three players were honored following the season-opening YSU victory: senior outside linebacker Nicholas Grigsby (Linebacker of the Week), sophomore cornerback Avonte Maddox (Specialist of the Week) and redshirt freshman running back Qadree Ollison (Rookie of the Week).


(photo courtesy of University of Pittsburgh)


Clairton 2015 Football Preview

Written by Joe Koch on .

Wayne Wade knows there was a lot of disappointment after the 19-18 setback for Clairton in the PIAA Class A championship against Bishop Guilfoyle in December at Hersheypark Stadium.

But he also knows there is plenty of character on a team that was 15-0 until that game and began two-a-day drills this season with 26 players on its roster.

"We need to come out like we did last year," Wade said of a start in which the Bears outscored opponents, 372-13.

Before the season was over, Clairton had outscored opponents, 958-160, and the defense had pitched six shutouts.


Football: Top receiver Mathews moving to QB at Clairton

Written by Brad Everett on .

Brad Everett profiles Clairton football player Aaron Mathews.

2015 0828 Clairton Football(Photo: Clairton quarterback Aaron Mathews is also a standout receiver. John Heller/Post-Gazette)

"One of the most highly-recruited wide receivers in the state has put in a lot of work during the spring and summer months, but much of it hasn't had to do with catching passes or running routes.

"I really worked on throwing because I knew I was going to be the quarterback. I knew it was going to be my time to step up," said Aaron Mathews, one of Clairton's bevy of game-breaking stars.

Make no mistake, Mathews' future is at receiver. For the present, though, quarterback is his job. And for opposing defenses, that presents a major problem.

Mathews, a 6-foot-4, 192-pound senior, will be Clairton's quarterback to begin the season, a position he could keep throughout the fall during the Bears' quest for a WPIAL Class A championship repeat and PIAA title."


Football: Blue Chip Chat with Clairton's Lamont Wade

Written by Mike White on .

Mike White has today's Blue Chip Chat with Clairton's Lamont Wade

Name: Lamont Wade
School: Clairton
Year: Junior
Height: 5-10
Weight: 185
Pos: RB-DB

It wouldn't be an overstatement to call Wade one of the best juniors in the country. At least that's what scouting websites say. ranks him the No. 5 player in the class of 2017. Wade has been on Clairton's varsity since his freshman year and had an unforgettable sophomore season. He set a WPIAL single-season rushing record with 2,765 yards on 233 carries and scored 47 touchdowns. He enters this season with 3,401 career yards on 291 carries and 54 touchdowns. He is also an outstanding defensive back and many peg him as a defensive player in college. Wade's father, Carlton, was a standout basketball player at Clairton.



Football: Blue Chip Chat with Clairton's Aaron Mathews

Written by Mike White on .

Mike White has today's Blue Chip Chat with Clairton's Aaron Mathews.

Name: Aaron Mathews
School: Clairton
Year: Senior
Height: 6-5
Weight: 192
Pos: Senior

From receiver, to quarterback, back to receiver, back to quarterback. That's the way Mathews' career has gone. Mathews, who moved from Baldwin to Clairton as an eighth-grader, played receiver as a freshman, quarterback as a sophomore, switched back to receiver last season and is back at quarterback as a senior. Receiver is his future position in college. Last year, he caught 44 passes for 773 yards for a Clairton team that went 15-1. The Bears have won seven WPIAL Class A titles in the past nine years and four PIAA titles.