Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Coach Honors Slain Lineman

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Coach Honors Slain Lineman

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Some high school football coaches wear polo shirts on the sideline in games. Some might wear a jacket or another shirt with the team name on it.

University Prep coach Lou Berry wears a team jersey, but it's one with special significance.

Berry wears the No. 50 jersey of former University Prep standout lineman Ne'Ondre Harbour, who was shot and killed in October 2012 in Garfield. Police said Harbour wasn't involved in a dispute that led to the shooting. Harbour would have been a senior this season.

More than a year later, Harbour isn't forgotten on University Prep's team. Berry makes sure of it. He has worn the jersey at every game since Harbour died. After University Prep won its second City League championship in three years Saturday, Berry proudly stuck out his chest.

"This young man who is no longer with us would have played [Saturday]," Berry said, pointing toward the No. 50 on the jersey. "Every day we talk about him at practice. We wanted to win this championship for him and his family."

Berry will continue to wear Harbour's jersey in the PIAA playoffs. University Prep will play in a Class AAA regional game Friday at Cupples Stadium on the South Side.

"I'll probably put this away next year," Berry said of the jersey. "But it's in honor of him because he would've been with us for three straight years and played in three of these championship games."

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West Mifflin's Jimmy Wheeler rushed for 359 yards to help his team to the win, and Moon's Cole Blake rushed for 309 yards. It is believed to be the first time two running backs have rushed for more than 300 yards in a WPIAL game.

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