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Football: Is third time the charm for Sto-Rox?

Written by Joe Koch on .

Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Joe Koch profiles the Sto-Rox football team. Click here to read his story.

2013 1121 StoRox Football(Photo: Clairton's Vance Allen, left, can't make the catch as Sto-Rox's Jaron Allen breaks up the pass in WPIAL Class A semifinal last Friday. John Heller/Post-Gazette)

"When Sto-Rox High School's football team arrives at Heinz Field for their WPIAL Class A showdown with Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic Saturday morning, it will be the third consecutive year the Vikings have competed for the District 7 championship.

Both teams enter the game as conference champions with identical 12-0 records. Game time is 11 a.m.

The first two appearances didn't turn out so well for Sto-Rox as the Vikings were the most recent victims in Clairton's five-year run as WPIAL Class A champions with a 42-6 setback in the 2011 game followed by last year's 58-21 loss.

This year, the Vikings got a 22-yard touchdown run from quarterback Lenny Williams with 1:52 left in the game to earn a 24-19 victory this past Friday night against the Bears in the WPIAL semifinals."

 

 

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Football: Don't forget about Sto-Rox's Blair

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

The Sto-Rox football team is making its third consecutive trip back to Heinz Field and the WPIAL Class A championship game. The top-seeded and undefeated Vikings (12-0), who lost to Clairton in the last two title games, will meet North Catholic (12-0) in this year's championship game at 11 a.m. Saturday at Heinz Field.

It's no secret Sto-Rox has been led by star quarterback Lenny Williams, who became the WPIAL's all-time leading passer this season. Williams is a dual threat out of the backfield and has reliable targets in receivers in Mallory Claybourne, Craig Johnson, Elisha Bonner, Amir Newring and Javell Kirkland.

Brendan Blair, however, is also a double threat as a runner and receiver out of the backfield. A 6-foot, 185-pound senior slotback, Blair is averaging close to 14 yards a reception as well as 7 yards a carry. He enters the title game leading the Vikings in scoring with 17 touchdowns and 10 two-point conversions.

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Football: Sto-Rox's Claybourne making his presence known

Written by Nick Veronica on .

Post-Gazette writer Nick Veronica profiles Sto-Rox football standout Mallory Claybourne. Click here to read his story.

"A Google search for Mallory Claybourne doesn't provide as much clarity as one would hope for.

His name brings up a handful of recruiting profiles, which either list him as a wide receiver or a defensive back. Some have him playing for Perry Traditional Academy, the school where he spent his first three years, but most say he plays for Renaissance Christian Academy, a private school at which Claybourne attended classes last spring but didn't end up staying or playing there.

Fewer search results have him correctly placed at Sto-Rox, where he's been catching passes this season, but all of them can at least agree on one thing: Mallory Claybourne is a football player fans want to keep an eye on.

College coaches second the notion, with several of them vying to acquire Claybourne's services. That warning goes double for defenses in the WPIAL, who might be best served putting a second set of eyes on him."

 

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Do you remember? (Oct. 25, 2013)

Written by Mike White on .

In this week's "Do you remember?," Post-Gazette writer Mike White takes a look back at former Sto-Rox football star Chuck Fusina. Click here to read his story.

"Sto-Rox quarterback Lenny Williams is now the all-time leading passer in WPIAL history. He is the latest in a long line of talented quarterbacks from the school, and the line started four decades ago with Chuck Fusina.

A highly touted quarterback for Sto-Rox in the early 1970s, he finished his career with 4,316 passing yards, back when that was unheard of for a WPIAL quarterback. As a senior, he played in six games because of injuries, but still threw for 1,404 yards.

Fusina, who graduated in 1975, was a dominant two-sport athlete at Sto-Rox. Besides football, he also averaged 27 points a game in basketball as a senior.

Fusina was heavily recruited and went on to star at Penn State, where he was the runner-up for the 1978 Heisman Trophy. Fusina was the backup quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1979-81. He then became a star quarterback for the Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars in the fledgling USFL, leading his team to two league titles in three years. His final year of pro football was as a backup for the Green Bay Packers in 1986."

 

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Varsity Xtra: Sto-Rox QB finding comfort zone after tough start

Written by Mike White on .

In this week's Varsity Xtra cover story, Post-Gazette writer Mike White profiles Sto-Rox quarterback Lenny Williams. Click here to read his story.

2013 1018 StoRox Football(Photo: On his way to becoming the most prolific passer in the history of WPIAL football, Lenny Williams has had to overcome plenty in his life. Lake Fong/Post-Gazette)

"The most prolific passing quarterback in the history of WPIAL football is sitting on a couch in his living room, staring at a glass cabinet filled with his trophies and memorabilia. Everything feels "cool" to Lenny Williams, and it has nothing to do with his leg being wrapped in ice after just finishing a Sto-Rox practice.

Williams feels calmer and cooler now that the chase for the passing record is over. He is much more at ease with life, not having the anger issues that used to get him in trouble in his younger years.

And he is at peace these days with the great uncle who shot and killed his father when Williams was 2.

Leonard Lindsay Williams Jr. is a 17-year-old senior at Sto-Rox High School who etched his name in the record books in successive games. On Oct. 4, he broke the WPIAL record for career touchdown passes and last Saturday he broke the record for passing yardage. He now has 7,369 yards passing and 92 touchdowns."