In this week's Varsity Xtra cover story, Mike White profiles Woodland Hills running backs Miles Sanders and Jo-El Shaw.
(Photo: Woodland Hills' Jo-El Shaw evades Mt. Lebanon's Cam Haley in a game played Oct. 23. Justin K. Aller/For the Post-Gazette)
"Together as Woodland Hills High School running backs, Jo-El Shaw and Miles Sanders have been called "Thunder and Lightning." But they used to be oil and water.
Shaw and his mother moved from Fayetteville, N.C., to the Pittsburgh area four years ago. When Jo-El started school at Woodland Hills Junior High, friendships did not come easily, especially with fellow eighth-grader Sanders.
"When I first came up here, I didn't like anybody," said Shaw. "To be honest, I didn't get along with Miles. What made it worse is Miles played the same position in football as me."
But these days, both Sanders and Shaw say they are as close as brothers. Where they really hit it off is in the same backfield."