Trib HS Insider Q&A: Kiski Area's Lincoln Clayton
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Lincoln Clayton still considers himself new to the Alle-Kiski Valley, having moved from Midlothian, Va., to Vandergrift in 2009 to live with relatives after the death of his father.
But the Kiski Area freshman running back is getting more comfortable by the day and continues to make an immediate impact at the varsity level.
Always bigger than his teammates, Clayton was a lineman in youth football. But he is developing into a power runner.
He has carried the ball 15 times in both of Kiski Area's games — tallying 125 yards — for the Cavaliers (2-0), who are set to take on Gateway (2-0)on Friday night in Vandergrift, in one of the program's most anticipated games in years.
Clayton (5-foot-11, 180 pounds), whose first varsity carry went for 19 yards, has been called the program's “running back of the future.” But the 15-year-old remains humble with each carry.
Q: Kiski Area hasn't started 2-0 since 2007. What do you know about the tradition of the program?
A: Coach (Dave) Heavner brings in guest speakers from championship teams from the 1970s. I am learning about it.
Q: What was football like in Virginia?
A: Pee wee football was big there, kind of like here, but divisions had different names.
Q: Was it tough moving here at first?
A: At first I didn't like it because I left all my friends behind. Now, I have friends here. It's getting better.
Q: You lost your father at a young age, but former Kiski Area three-sport standout Greg Hutcherson has helped to mentor you. Has he been like a father figure?
A: He has. He watched out for me. He gives me rides to games.
Q: Is Kiski Area ready for Gateway this week?
A: We're getting ready for them. We know they're beatable. I'm not going to sugarcoat it; it won't be easy.
Q: You were a good wrestler but have decided to play basketball in the winter?
A: Yeah. They want me to wrestle. I know the team's good. I have been to some matches.
Q: Have you ever sparred with state champion Matt McCutcheon, just for fun?
A: No way. I watched him win the state title on TV. He's my boy. He's a big dude.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Rangers clip Penguins, take 2-1 series lead
- Cubs’ rookie third baseman Bryant helps send Pirates to defeat
- Scoring struggles linger for Penguins 2nd line
- Rangers continue mastery on the road
- Burnett’s evolution from thrower to pitcher helps him stay on top of his game
- Feud escalates between Westmoreland commissioner, controller
- Alle-Kiski roundup: Fox Chapel baseball team wins 5th straight game
- Steelers receiver Brown skipping voluntary offseason workouts
- Penguins sell out Game 3, extend streak to 376 games
- The gathering storm: An IRS defeat
- St. Vincent unveils logo with an `edge’