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Day one of "Going Camping"

Written by Mike White on .

It's here again.

High school football practice in Pennsylvania "officially" started this morning and Varsity Blog's wildly popular "Going Camping" feature is back again. "Going Camping" (or maybe it should be "Goin' Up Camp) is Varsity Blog's tour of some high school football practices and camps in the WPIAL and City League.

I filled up the tank and headed on the road this morning, figuring the first stop "HAS" to be Clairton, right? I mean, the team with the longest winning streak in the country (47 games) deserves a stop.

View from the sideline: Below, veteran coach Tom Nola and his team in their first practice


I'll have much more later today on Clairton because I'm headed to Belle Vernon shortly, but ...

*** Tyler Boyd is Clairton's terrific do-it-all player. He is being recruited by Division I colleges and will play some quarterback this year. From what I saw of his few plays at QB, he might have the best arm on the team.

Speaking of Boyd, he visited a Pitt practice today. He said he's going to take official visits before he decides anything, though. So it will be a while before he decides. Assistant coach Eric Fusco, who has been with Boyd on some other visits, said Penn State was probably Boyd's No. 1 choice until the sanctions.

*** They need a new sign, don't they? The sign below sits atop Clairton's press box and is from last year. They need another "back" on there now. Clairton has won back to back to back state championships. Maybe they'll get a new one for the first game.


*** Tom Nola almost didn't come back as Clairton's coach this year. He thought about retiring.

Much more later. Now off to Belle Vernon.

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