Pitt Passing Camp Wrap-Up

The annual Pitt Passing Camp has come and gone, and four champions were crowned among the 40 teams involved in the two-day event this year.

In the championship games Saturday afternoon, Clairton, Pa. High School pounded Pittsburgh Central Catholic HS; Thomas Jefferson HS, Jefferson Hills, Pa. beat Clarksburg, Md. HS; Greater Latrobe, Pa. HS stopped Richland HS, Johnstown, Pa.; and Bishop McDevitt HS, Harrisburg, Pa. HS knocked off Dunbar HS, Washington, D.C. to win their respective brackets.

"It was a nice two days for a couple of reasons,'' Pittsburgh coach Dave Wannstedt said. "Mainly, No. 1, we had some great teams here, 40 really well-coached teams. And the weather was great. We were able to stay outside, and the coaches I've talked to said they got a lot of quality work done. And that's really the purpose of this camp.''

Clairton was a surprise team Saturday with four straight victories after going a lackluster 3-2 Friday. What was more incredible was the list of teams the Class A power dispatched. In order, the Bears dumped Class A Portage, undefeated Quad-A team Penn Hills, Class AAA Pine-Richland and Quad-A Central Catholic in the title game.

"Our quarterback really played good today,'' Clairton coach Tom Nola said. "That was the difference. He had a rough time Friday and was a little inconsistent, but he really did a good job today. We've never won this event, so this was a good accomplishment for this football team.

"We had two long days, and we don't have as many guys as some of the other teams. So, our guys have to go both ways and were pretty tired. But they played well. Hopefully, this will give us a push to have a good season this fall.''

After going 4-1 Friday and garnering the No. 4 seed, Latrobe went 4-0 Saturday with wins against Perry, North Allegheny, Forest Hills and Richland in the title game.

Bishop McDevitt, with alum Aaron Berry watching intently, came from the losers' bracket to beat Dunbar. The Washington, D.C.-based school knocked off the previously undefeated Crusaders earlier in the day, but McDevitt beat Franklin and Fox Chapel to earn the rematch with Dunbar in the title game.

Thomas Jefferson went 4-0 Saturday after limping to a 3-2 mark Friday. TJ beat Frazier, Seneca Valley and Seton-LaSalle before stopping Clarksburg in the championship game.

"We had some close games that we lost Friday, but we came back strong today,'' TJ coach Bill Cherpak said. "So, that was nice to see.''

The four winners received a championship plaque, T-shirts and plastic mugs.

In an interesting note, North Star HS, from near Erie, Pa., went 5-0 and was the No. 1 seed in Latrobe's bracket after Friday's round-robin play. However, it did not show up for Saturday's double-elimination tournament. The reason is unknown.

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