Trenton Coles just finished a successful track season where he ran a 10.95 in the 100-meter run, a 21.67 in the 200-meter run, and his 4x100-meter relay team came in second with a time of 42.99 at the WPIAL championships. He went on to the PIAA state meet, where he captured a pair of gold medals in the 100 and the 200 with times of 11.13 and 22.24, respectively.
It's back to the gridiron, where already Coles has been active with his Clairton team in 7-on-7 action. The single-A school advanced in the Red Bull Game Breakers 7-on-7 event last Tuesday at Woodland Hills with wins over Quad-A schools Penn-Trafford and McKeesport, before falling in the semifinals to Steel Valley. The Bears also competed at the Gateway 7-on-7 event this past weekend.
Competing at 7-on-7 tournaments with schools three classes up is a big factor in why Clairton has won back-to-back state titles, and has had a remarkable 31-game winning streak, complete with two state championships.
"We're a talented football team," Coles said. "We take a lot of slack because we're single-A. Our coaches know, and we know we can compete with higher-class teams. It's really not a difference, per say. We have a lot of talent. Just because we're a single-A school, doesn't mean we can't compete with bigger schools."
Despite losing Texas Tech signee Desimon Green, the Bears have done well in its early 7-on-7s. They will also be at Pitt's 7-on-7 camp this weekend. Even though Coles is coming off track season, he says it doesn't take too much time to get into football mode because of his team's work ethic.
"We've been working real hard lately," Coles added. "We've been conditioning at the stadium. It's work ethic; getting back into the season, working real hard, just trying to regroup. This is just warming us up for the regular season."
Coles adds there's not too much on the recruiting front, other than another verbal offer from the MAC, and his usual contact with the Pitt coaching staff. Pitt remains a leader.
"Ohio University (verbally) offered," Coles said. "They said it's not (official) until August. Pitt, there's nothing really new. I always talk to them. I guess that's the latest with them."