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Football: South Feature Athlete - Lamont Wade, Clairton

Written by Brad Everett on .

Name: Lamont Wade
High School: Clairton
Grade: 10
Sport: Football
Position: Running back

Background: Wade has posted some ridiculous numbers the past two games for Class A No. 2-ranked Clairton (7-0, 6-0). In consecutive wins against Jeannette and Serra, Wade has rushed for 570 yards and eight touchdowns on just 20 carries. Wade finished with 281 yards and three touchdowns against Jeannette and followed up that performance by going for 289 yards and five touchdowns against Serra Catholic. On the season, Wade has rushed for 991 yards on 50 carries, giving him a gaudy average of 19.8 yards per carry. Wade leads the Bears with 19 touchdowns.

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Football: Clairton continues to steamroll foes

Written by Jordan Greer on .

Jordan Greer profiles the Clairton football team.

2014 1009 Clairton Football(Photo: Jeanette's Jefferson Jones, left, can't stop Clairton's Lamont Wade from picking up a first down during last Friday's Eastern Conference game. John Heller/Post-Gazette)

"Clairton has won the Class A WPIAL football championship in six of the past eight seasons.

After a blowout win against a previously undefeated Jeannette team last Friday night, it looks more and more like this season the Bears will make it seven of nine.

The No. 2-ranked Bears (6-0, 5-0) took down the No. 3 Jayhawks (5-1, 5-1) in an Eastern Conference battle, 58-14. While the game was not closely contested, it was the smallest margin of victory for Clairton this season.

"[Beating Jeannette] shows us that we are doing all the right things and that the goals we set before the season are very attainable," Clairton coach Wayne Wade said."

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Alumni Update - Brandon Small (Saint Francis)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

LORETTO, Pa.The Saint Francis football team set school records for points in a quarter, half and game – among several other recordsSmall SFU – as it defeated Virginia-Lynchburg 80-0 at DeGol Field on Saturday afternoon. The Flash set records with 35 points in the first quarter and 63 points in the first half along with the single-game record of 80.

Twenty-eight defenders made at least one tackle for the Flash, with Brandon Small, a Clairton graduate, leading the way with seven stops.

 

(photo courtesy of Saint Francis University)

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Football: South Feature Athlete - Clairton's Ryan Williams

Written by Brad Everett on .

Name: Ryan Williams
High School: Clairton
Grade: 12
Sport: Football
Position: Quarterback

Background: Williams is one of the key offensive threats for the WPIAL's highest-scoring offense, as Clairton (5-0) is averaging a ridiculous 74.4 points per game. Williams (6-feet, 170 pounds) is among the WPIAL passing leaders, having completed 48 of 66 passes for 1,034 yards and 15 touchdowns. Only one WPIAL player (Pine-Richland's Ben DiNucci) has thrown for more touchdowns. After splitting time with teammate Aaron Mathews (now a wide receiver) last season, Williams has done an outstanding job of running Clairton's new spread offense. Clairton plays Jeannette (5-0) in a Class A Eastern Conference showdown Friday.

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Football: Clairton seeking a return to the top

Written by Joe Koch on .

Joe Koch profiles the Clairton football team.

"For a five-year span from 2008 to 2012, the best Class A high school football team in the WPIAL was the Clairton Bears.

Clairton won successive titles in that time, and the Bears were almost as dominant on the statewide level with four successive PIAA Class A titles from 2009 to 2012. The only blemish on that run was their first trip to Hershey when the Bears lost to Steelton-Highspire in the 2008 PIAA Class A championship game, 35-16.

Beginning in 2009, Clairton amassed a 66-game winning streak that came to an end on Sept. 20, 2013, with a 42-24 loss to Monessen. Clairton did qualify for the WPIAL playoffs, but the Bears lost to eventual runner-up Sto-Rox, 24-19, in the WPIAL Class A semifinals.

Some things have changed in Clairton as the Bears prepare for their opener Aug. 29 at California as a member of the newly configured Eastern Conference. For one thing, Tom Nola has left Clairton to become the coach at Gateway High School.

For another, the spotlight has been taken away from the city known as the "City of Prayer" and its high school football team."