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New football uniforms can change perceptions, help establish identity

By Kevin Gorman
When Matt Humbert became Belle Vernon’s football coach, he found a program mired in mediocrity. Not only did its outdated facilities need to be modernized, ...
City League preview: Brashear to be challenged in title defense
By Alex Oltmanns
With just two combined regular-season losses over the last two seasons, it appeared Allderdice and USO were destined to meet in their second consecutive City ...
HSFB preview by position: Prolific pass-catchers return at wide receiver
By Chris Harlan
One of the best wideouts in the WPIAL might become only a part-time receiver this season. Clairton’s Aaron Mathews will move to quarterback a year ...
Gorman: USO’s Robinson at home in the end zone
By Kevin Gorman
Kenny Robinson knows his future is on defense, but the University Prep junior receiver loves to score touchdowns. “It’s hard because sometimes I want to ...
Gorman: Simons says, Montverde
By Kevin Gorman
Troy Simons understands that he could be a cautionary tale, after attending four high schools in as many years. Now a fifth-year senior at University Prep, Simons knows that playing a post-graduate year at Montverde (Fla.) Academy, near Orlando, could change his life. “I’m excited to have a post-grad year,” Simons ...
Gorman: Serra’s rally around injury ‘restores faith’
By Kevin Gorman
The first words were a wisecrack, a little levity from Melissa Alexander to lighten the long-distance delivery. A Serra Catholic baseball coach was calling from ...
Brashear upsets defending champ USO in City semifinals
By Staff Report
The Brashear defense prevented USO from making its title defense Thursday night at Cupples Stadium. The No. 3 Bulls (5-3) intercepted four passes and blocked two punts en route to a 27-8 victory over No. 2 USO (4-3) in a City League semifinal playoff game. Qu’ran Powe returned an interception 87 yards ...
Long TD drive in final minutes vaults Allderdice past rival USO
By Wes Crosby
In a defensive contest, a drive that traveled nearly the length of the field propelled Allderdice to a 15-8 win against USO (4-1, 4-1) in ...
Statewide HSFB notebook: Jersey Shore wins on controversial finish
By Staff Reports
Jersey Shore beat Montoursville for the first time since 1985, winning 27-21 in overtime last week. It snapped a 28-game losing streak in the series but came in controversial fashion. Brody Smith intercepted a pass in overtime and returned it 94 yards for the game-winning touchdown. Per PIAA rules, however, ...
Gorman: For Berrys, football runs in family
By Kevin Gorman
Lou Berry knows there is a special relationship between any father and son but believes his is unique. Not only do he and his son ...
City League preview: Defending champion USO has high expectations
By Alex Oltmanns
Since its inception prior to the 2011 season, the USO football program has dominated the Pittsburgh City League, advancing to the title game in each ...
Gorman: Don’t sleep on USO quarterback Brown
By Kevin Gorman
If judging quarterbacks was done strictly by statistics, USO’s Ronald Brown would be one of the best in the state. The University Prep senior passed for 3,401 yards and 43 touchdowns last fall, including a 525-yard game against Carrick, the No. 2 single-game performance in state history. Brown played in 10 ...
Loss in City semifinals motivates Obama Academy’s senior standouts
By Chris Harlan
Along with battling the City League’s five other teams, Obama Academy seniors D.J. Porter and Calique Jones must beat complacency. They were starters last season ...
USO season comes to end after loss to Somerset
By Alex Oltmanns
A week after winning the City League championship, the USO football team’s season came to an end with a 28-20 loss to Somerset at Cupples Stadium in a PIAA sub-regional playoff game Friday night. “I’m so proud of my kids,” USO head coach Lou Berry said. “The things that they ...
USO tops Allderdice for program’s 2nd City League championship
By George Guido
USO’s passing combination of quarterback Ronald Brown and receiver Marcus Johnson has been lighting up the scoreboard all season at Cupples Stadium. Saturday afternoon, the ...
City League rivals USO, Allderdice set for rematch
By Alex Oltmanns 11:57 p.m.
USO took down Allderdice, 43-14, on Oct. 4, but when the two teams square off again less than a month later for the City League championship at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cupples Stadium, USO will be up against a much improved team. Coming off a 14-10 win in the semifinals ...
USO advances to City League title game for 3rd straight season
By Jeff Debaldo
A week after beating Perry by 30 points and going through the City League regular season undefeated, USO clawed its way to an 8-0 win ...
Brown throws 6 TDs to lead USO past Perry
By Andrew John 8:01 p.m.
USO’s offense overcame a slow start and erupted in the second half to defeat Perry, 36-6, in a dreary regular-season finale Thursday for the City League teams. After a sluggish first half, USO quarterback Ronald Brown got things moving in the third quarter with a pair of scoring drives. Brown, who finished ...
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Q&A: USO’s Marcus Johnson
By Kevin Gorman
Marcus Johnson is the main target in the most prolific passing offense in Western Pennsylvania. The speedy receiver has 41 catches for 996 yards (24.3 ...
USO beats Allderdice for 1st place in City League
By Justin Criado
In the most meaningful City League game this season, USO shrugged off some early cobwebs to defeat Allderdice, 43-14, and claim sole possession of first ...
Prospect watch: USO’s Marcus Johnson
By Kevin Gorman
MARCUS JOHNSON Marcus Johnson has posted impressive receiving numbers this season for USO, the City League co-operative between University Prep, Science & Technology and ...
USO routs Brashear behind Brown’s 5 TDs
By Justin Criado
USO and hard-tossing quarterback Ron Brown continued to put up big numbers, rolling to a 51-6 victory over Brashear (1-3, 1-1) in City League action Thursday night. Brown finished 28 of 39 for 343 yards and five touchdowns to build on his City League-leading totals. “We tried to mix up ...
Gorman: USO’s passing attack one for the record book
By Kevin Gorman
LaRoi Johnson laughs at the suggestion that USO’s eye-popping pass game is the product of a frustrated tight end. But he doesn’t deny it. “That’s exactly what it is,” said Johnson, a former Peabody star who is USO’s playcaller. “All my life, I looked at the City League and its lack ...
City League teams to be more balanced this season
By Alex Oltmanns
Heading into the 2013 season, the consensus among most City League coaches is that there is no overwhelming favorite to win the six-team division title ...
USO falls to Selinsgrove in PIAA first round
By Staff Report
The USO football team fell to District 4 champion Selinsgrove, 41-14, in the first round of the PIAA Class AAA playoffs Saturday afternoon at Altoona’s Mansion Park Stadium. The Wildcats (7-4) committed eight turnovers — seven interceptions and one fumble — and couldn’t stop the Seals’ duo of Mike Walter ...

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