Lamont Wade, a standout running back for the Clairton football team, is currently in the running for the title of Mr. PA Football 2014. The statewide contest, which pits well known names on the football field against each other, has fans voting for their favorite athlete in order to determine who will hold the distinction of being Mr. PA Football for the next year.
The only sophomore to nab a top ten ranking in this state-wide contest, Wade has garnered a great deal of attention for both his skill and his class on the football field. (Triblive.com, 12/12/14) He was named to the 2014 Pennsylvania Writers’ Class A All-State team and has already received offers from West Virginia University, University of Pittsburgh, Penn State, Old Dominion, and Temple.
According to Clairton Athletic Director Mike Linnert, “Lamont’s work ethic is second to none. He is a special player, and even though he is only a sophomore, I know he is going to have a great career.”
Head Coach Wayne Wade agrees, stating, “He has a great work ethic. It is rare to see that in a sophomore, but he knows exactly where he wants to go with football and recognizes how football can be an avenue for him to further his education. That really keeps him on the straight and narrow.”
Regarding the community’s support that has enabled Wade to continue so far into this contest, Linnert said, “The community support is incredible. They are there through the good and the bad, the win and the loses. Their support means absolutely everything to our football program.”
Wade has been nominated and selected to be amongst the top six high school football athletes statewide through a unique voting process. The fans, media, and coaches each represent one-third of the vote.
Fans can cast their vote at Mr. PA Football webpage. The final voting deadline for the winner of Mr. PA Football is February 15.
All of the remaining nominees — who are listed below — have been invited to attend the banquet where the Mr. PA Football winner will be announced. Penn State head coach and keynote speaker James Franklin will present the awards. Manheim Central coach Mike Williams will also be honored with the Legendary Coach Award during the banquet. CBS 21’s Jason Bristol will be emceeing the event.
The banquet will be held on Saturday, February 21 at the Radisson Hotel and Convention Center in Harrisburg. Fans are encouraged to attend – tickets can be purchased at www.MRPAFootball.com. Ticket holders are also entered into a door prize for a chance to attend the sponsors reception with Coach Franklin and the final Mr. PA Football nominees..
Proceeds from the event benefit Vickie’s Angel Foundation.
Class AAA/AAAA Top 5 finalists
Sr. QB Ben Dinucci, Pine-Richland
Sr. RB Andre Robinson, Bishop McDevitt
Sr. RB Saquon Barkley, Whitehall
Sr. ATH Jordan Whitehead, Central Valley
Sr. OL Jon Runyan Jr., St. Joseph’s Prep
Class A/AA Top 6 finalists
Sr. QB Brett Brumbaugh, South Fayette
Sr. RB Dominick Bragalone, South Williamsport
Sr. RB P.J. Fulmore, North Catholic
Sr. RB/DB Sam McCloskey, Bishop Guilfoyle
So. RB Lamont Wade, Clairton
Sr. ATH/QB Kyle Datres, Loyalsock
Mr. PA Football
Contact: Wayde Marsico
Wednesday, January 28, 2015