Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Fox Chapel Grad Helps St. Vincent Turn Corner

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Fox Chapel Grad Helps St. Vincent Turn Corner

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Renny LaRue-Holloman was unaccustomed to losing during his first three years of high school when he was a member of the Schenley High School football team.

But when that school closed, LaRue-Holloman finished out his high school career at Fox Chapel where the 2011 team finished with a 3-7 record.

Sure, it was a losing season. But that's something that would be rectified once LaRue-Holloman began his college career at Saint Vincent College.

But as noted ESPN college football analyst and former college coach Lee Corso likes to say: "Not so fast, my friend."

LaRue-Holloman and his fellow freshmen who arrived on campus in the summer of 2012 embarked on an incredibly deflating two-year odyssey that saw the Bearcats post successive 0-10 seasons that guaranteed them the basement in the Presidents' Athletic Conference.

LaRue-Holloman recalled that trek through the wilderness and was pleased that he and many of his teammates who began their careers with him were on the field when the Bearcats defeated Case Western Reserve, 23-20, on Sept. 20 last season to snap a 23-game losing streak.

"Me and my class, we stuck together and went through [the adversity]," said LaRue-Holloman, a 22-year-old resident of Stanton Heights who is majoring in history with a communications minor. "The people who stayed on the team through the [streak], we took it to heart with our first win at home."

Saint Vincent won three more games in 2014 and finished with a 4- 4 record in the Presidents' Athletic Conference and was 4-6 overall. LaRue-Holloman said the four wins were nice.

But...

"The four wins was a good step forward, but it's not enough for me personally or for the team," he said. "We are looking forward to improving a lot this year."

LaRue-Holloman, a 6-2, 210-pound linebacker, has earned plenty of accolades in his first three seasons with the Bearcats. He was named to the All-PAC second team in 2014 and 2013 and earned honorable mention honors as a freshman in 2012. …

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