Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Wade-Ing in Clairton's Star Dances Past Quips in Romp Varsity Xtra Game of the Week: Clairton 52, Aliquippa 16

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Wade-Ing in Clairton's Star Dances Past Quips in Romp Varsity Xtra Game of the Week: Clairton 52, Aliquippa 16

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Lamont Wade treated warmups like some dance recital. As music blared throughout the stadium, he rarely stopped bouncing. He danced while stretching, while doing drills and while running through plays. He looked like a 6-year-old who drank too much soda.

Then, when the game started, Wade's Clairton teammates came along, and it was dancing with the star.

The long-awaited Aliquippa-Clairton showdown turned into the Lamont Wade Show, and he helped give Aliquippa a beatdown it has rarely seen. Wade, the Bears' splendid senior who is ranked as one of the top players in the country, can't walk on water. But he can run on it. On a wet and muddy field, Wade was a star, running for 259 yards on 11 carries and scoring four touchdowns on big plays as host Clairton crushed Aliquippa, 52-16, at Neil C. Brown Stadium.

Oh yeah, Wade also had a touchdown pass - and a one-handed interception on defense. He was the main difference in a WPIAL non-conference game between two teams that had 28 WPIAL titles between them.

"I'm always like that before a game," said Wade. "You look good, feel good, play good."

Wade was better than good. He is recognized as one of the top defensive backs in the country, but he sure looked like a special offensive player, too. Only special players do what he did to Aliquippa. Since Aliquippa became a high school in 1930, only three other teams scored more points on the Quips. The most was 70, by Jeannette in a 2007 playoff game. Jeannette had a special player named Terrelle Pryor, and he torched Aliquippa for more than 300 yards rushing that night.

"We got our heads handed to us, that's all," said Aliquippa coach Mike Zmijanac. "And Wade is a great player."

Clairton, the Post-Gazette's No. 1-ranked team in Class 1A in both the WPIAL and state, is 6-0. Aliquippa (5-2) had to deal this week with two players - Ron Foster and Deontae Jones -being arrested on homicide charges.

"I thought we practiced well this week and played well in spurts in the game," said Zmijanac. …

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