Wins come on and off the field at Summit Academy
TribLIVE Sports Videos
At Summit Academy, there are two types of football wins.
One comes when the Knights exceed their opponents' points on the scoreboard.
The other comes when school officials can guide a troubled youngster into becoming a productive citizen.
At the Butler County institution for court-adjudicated youth, wins take hard work on and off the field.
“Our victories come when we're able to have a young man gain entrance into a trade school, or a two- or four-year school,” said coach Steve Sherer, also the academy's principal.
It's not easy in football, either. The nature of the school means there's almost a complete roster turnover each year.
This season, there are two returning players — tackle Kenyatta McCloud and Javon Cooper, expected to be the Knights featured back.
“Hopefully, the two will take on a leadership role and take us through the season,” said Sherer, in his 10th season at Summit Academy and his 34th year of coaching overall.
There was a preseason quarterback battle at Summit between Chris Harp and Mershown Johnson.
“We have some kids who can catch the football, and we're looking to be able to throw the ball this year,” Sherer said.
But they key is for Sherer and his staff to get everyone on the same page. A number of candidates for the team over the years typically have never played football or haven't played since their community youth league days.
“That's what we're up against each year,” Sherer said. “We have kids who have never strapped on a helmet. That's where we have to beat the clock before the scrimmages and the games start.”
Summit begins its 15th WPIAL football season Sept. 1 at home against East Allegheny, a school returning to the Allegheny Conference after more than 20 years.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
- Pirates acquire infielder from Indians, designate Axford, Gomez for assignment
- Linebacker Harrison coming along slowly since return to Steelers
- Komen acceptance of drilling-linked money raises ire
- Jack Bruce, bassist of 60s band Cream, dies at 71
- Penguins look to buck shots, goals trend
- Flight 93 memorial fire hints at struggle to safeguard historic artifacts
- Cafeteria worker tried to stop Washington school shooter
- Steelers notebook: Shazier returns just in time
- Ferrante trial: Cyanide order form in plain sight
- Fábregas: Cancer-stricken California woman chooses to plan her death
- Lower Burrell man, awaiting trial, jailed for shoplifting