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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.

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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."

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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

THE SCOOP
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. Rivals.com 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.

 

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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

THE SCOOP
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.

 

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Football: Clairton's Wade is counting stars

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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."