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Football: Inside the Program - Sto-Rox

Written by Craig Meyer on .

In this week's Inside the Program, Post-Gazette writer Craig Meyer profiles the Sto-Rox football team. Click here to read the story.

2013 0927 StoRox Claybourne(Photo: Sto-Rox's Mallory Claybourne scores despite the defensive efforts of Neshannock's Rocco Fazio in a game Sept. 12. John Heller/Post-Gazette)

"Clairton's famed and much-discussed 66-game winning streak derailed the dreams and aspirations of any Class A team it faced over the course of its four-year run. In each of the past two seasons, no team made it closer to its goal without reaching it than Sto-Rox, which lost to Clairton in the WPIAL championship game in 2011 and 2012. With the streak now over and the Bears retooling after the loss of several stars, this season presents as good a chance as any for the 4-0 Vikings to win their first WPIAL championship since 1987 (which came when they were in Class AA). With a standout quarterback and a glut of talented playmakers on offense, Sto-Rox hopes to make the most of its opportunity."

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Football: Sto-Rox takes command in the Big Seven Conference

Written by Bill Allmann on .

Sto-Rox took center stage Thursday night for a regionally televised game and made the most of the opportunity, edging unbeaten and highly ranked Neshannock 34-31 in a back-and-forth game.

The Vikings now sit comfortably alone atop the Big Seven Conference.

Vikings quarterback Lenny Williams continues his dominance in his senior year, passing for 287 yards and five touchdowns, completing 15 of 27 passes. Williams now needs just one more TD pass to set a WPIAL record for career TD passes. Former Sto-Rox quarterback Adam DiMichele now has the record.

Despite beating the Lancers, though, Sto-Rox is in no position to move up in any rankings. The Vikings are ranked behind Clairton – the team with the longest winning streak in the nation. This also could have been Sto-Rox' last chance to impress with a big win as the Vikings play just one team the rest of the regular season that now has a winning record (Laurel in week 8). The teams met last year at Heinz Field in the WPIAL Championship and a rematch would definitely be a fan favorite.

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Football: Early return came even earlier for Sto-Rox's Williams

Written by Bill Allmann on .

Over the summer, it was reported that Sto-Rox would be starting its season without standout quarterback Lenny Williams. Williams suffered an injury at work to his non-throwing arm that looked like it would cause the senior to miss a game or two.

However, it's never a good idea to underestimate a senior in his last year. Williams threw just 13 passes in a 42-0 win over Shenango but completed 11 for 227 yards.

"Everyone was saying three or four weeks," Sto-Rox coach Dan Bradley said. "But no one talked to me and they didn't talk to Lenny. He was cleared last week, so we played him."

Williams' early return puts him in a much stronger position to graduate as the leading passer in WPIAL history. He started the year with over 5000 yards passing and last year passed for over 2000 and rushed for over 1000.

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Sto-Rox football team dealing with injury to star QB

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Nicholas Tolomeo writes about Sto-Rox quarterback Lenny Williams, who will likely miss at least the first few games of the season due to a non-football related injury. Click here to read the story.

"Lenny Williams' upcoming senior season at Sto-Rox was filled with potential and promise. All that was nearly wiped out Aug. 6, however, when Williams had an accident while cutting hedges at his summer job with Stowe Township.

Williams severely cut his left hand, causing nerve and tendon damage and even chipping his bone.

"I was cutting hedges and I cut something wrong and it hit my hand," Williams said. "I thought I was going to have to get my finger cut off. It cut my nerve all the way."

Williams needed so many stitches that he did not want to know how many and never asked.

The thought of his football career being over crossed his mind."

 

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Sto-Rox 2013 Football Preview

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

The only thing standing in the way of Sto-Rox and a WPIAL championship last season was a Clairton team in the midst of a historic stretch. The Vikings lost, 58-21, to Clairton in the WPIAL final last season.

With experience and talent at the skill positions and on the lines, Sto-Rox could be in line for another run to Heinz Field.

Sto-Rox quarterback Lenny Williams is a three-year starter and one of the most dynamic athletes in the WPIAL. He passed for 2,237 yards last season and rushed for 1,189. Williams (6-0, 190, Sr.) is expected to miss as many as the Vikings' first four games after injuring his hand in a non-football-related offseason accident.