(Photo: Senior Vinny Moody, 18, seated in the center, hypes up his Bears teammates before a home game against Imani Christian Academy on Oct. 26. Moody and other members of the team wrote a rap about their predicted defeat of the Saints. The team listened to the song for hours before kickoff.
"First of four parts.
The doors to the Clairton Bears' locker room are closed. A space usually pumped full of booming bass from hip-hop music is silent, except for the young man in the corner wearing a black No. 9 jersey. Sitting on a bench, he bows his head and cries.
His name is Robert Boatright. He's a senior running back and defensive end. Senior Night festivities are complete, and Boatright still doesn't know if he'll play college football. Now he's gulping back tears.
Terrish Webb is Boat-right's best friend. He moves to Boatright and consoles him. Webb knows where he'll play next year, at Kent State. Even with his clarity on a night full of questions, Webb begins to cry, too. His father was murdered when Terrish was 11, and it hurt hearing his dad's name announced on Senior Night."