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Football: Clairton's Wade is counting stars

Written by Brad Everett on .

Brad Everett profiles Clairton football standout Lamont Wade.

"There will be a strong crop of senior football talent in the WPIAL and City League this fall, led by a few players who have a number of scholarship offers from major Division I schools.

The most dynamic talent locally, though, might not reside in the senior class.

That player is a junior and is now the most highly regarded recruit from Western Pennsylvania since Terrelle Pryor.

Lamont Wade, a running back-cornerback at Clairton, hopes to star in the NFL some day. This summer, he has been counting stars. And when you're a high school player and have five stars listed next to your name, it's a pretty big deal."

 

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Alumni Update - Tyler Boyd (Pitt)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

PITTSBURGH--The Pitt offense will feature two dynamic All-Americans in 2015 according to national college football expert PhilBoyd Pitt Steele.

 

Steele released his preseason All-America squads today and Pitt receiver Tyler Boyd (first team) and running back James Conner (second team) were both honored. This is the first of what figures to be many preseason recognitions for the pair of Pitt juniors. Both players enjoyed prolific and decorated seasons in 2014.


Boyd, a Clairton graduate, compiled 78 catches for 1,261 yards (16.2 avg.) and eight touchdowns in earning first team All-ACC last season. He became the first player in ACC history to compile 1,000 receiving yards in both his freshman and sophomore years. Boyd also led the ACC in kickoff returns (27.6 avg.).

 

(photo courtesy of University of Pittsburgh)

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Football: Clairton shocked in title game

Written by Marky Billson on .

Marky Billson profiles the Clairton football team.

"The Clairton Bears returned to the PIAA Class A championship football game for the sixth time in seven years last Friday.

As Clairton compiled a 15-1 record, it scored 958 points, the second-highest total in the history of American high school football.

The Bears can list a litany of other achievments.

* Sophomore Lamont Wade rushed for 2,762 yards, a WPIAL single-season record.

* Quarterback Ryan Williams became the sixth quarterback in WPIAL history to throw for 3,000 or more yards in a season when he accumulated 3,034 through the air."

 

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Football: Clairton deciding on plan after fight in PIAA championship

Written by Mike White on .

Mike White reports that Clairton High School officials are trying to determine what punishment should be given to the school's football team after their actions in the PIAA championship game.

"Clairton High School officials still are deciding what action should be taken for their football team's behavior Friday at the end of the PIAA Class A championship in Hershey, Pa.

Clairton principal Tom McCloskey spoke Monday with PIAA director Bob Lombardi and WPIAL director Tim O'Malley about what steps the school might take against the team or coaches. Clairton lost to Bishop Guilfoyle, 19-18, in the title game.

Near the end, a small fight broke out on the field and some Clairton players came on the field during the skirmish. One Clairton player threw his helmet at Bishop Guilfoyle players.

The PIAA is waiting to see what Clairton does. If the PIAA does not feel the school acts appropriately, it could enforce penalties. McCloskey said in an email "we will cooperate with the PIAA and WPIAL to resolve the issue.""

 

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Football: Clairton falls short in PIAA final

Written by Craig Meyer on .

Craig Meyer covered Friday's PIAA Class A championship between Clairton and Bishop Guilfoyle.

2014 1213 Clairton Football(Photo: Clairton's Aaron Mathews pulls in a pass for a touchdown as he's defended by Bishop Guilfoyle's Sam Keating and Brandon Chadbourn. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"HERSHEY, Pa. — As a season's worth of dreams were ripped away in the biting Central Pennsylvania wind, emotions began to pour out for Clairton's football team.

The scoreboard flashed an unexpected result — a 19-18 loss against District 6 champion Altoona Bishop Guilfoyle in the PIAA Class A championship at Hersheypark Stadium — and the Bears walked off the field one by one, many crying or visibly trying to hold back tears of sadness or anger.

For most of the season, a championship seemed like a formality as the Bears (15-1) plowed through opponent after opponent on their way to a state-record 958 points.

And, as frustrating as the setback was, the close score amplified those feelings particularly because two crucial plays were inches from preserving a perfect season."