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City League football player killed

Written by Mike White on .

Perry meets University Prep in a big game Friday that will decide the regular-season championship in the City League. But University Prep will be playing with heavy hearts.

Ne'Ondre Harbour, a starting two-way tackle for University Prep and one of the top linemen in the City League, was shot and killed Sunday night in Garfield.

Pittsburgh police said Harbour was not involved in the dispute that led to the shooting.

“This is all just very hard to understand because we lost somebody so young who had a lot of things going for him,” said senior receiver-linebacker Myles Catlin, one of the team captains. “There’s anger with us, but there is also some celebration. We have to celebrate him as a person. All the good times we had.”

Laroi Johnson is the offensive coordinator for University Prep.

“If you knew the kid at all, he just loved football,” Johnson said. “I just got done talking to our guys here [on the University Prep team] and we were talking how he couldn’t wait for this [Perry] game. We owe it to him that we go out and play with the enthusiasm he had.”

Regardless of what team wins Friday, both Perry and Univesity Prep will be in the City League playoffs and very easily could meet again in the City League championship game.

They rank

North Allegheny has moved into the top 25 in at least one national poll. The Tigers are No. 25 in this week's MaxPreps rankings.

North Allegheny is 7-0. The MaxPreps rankings have Manatee (Fla.) as the No. 1 team in the country.

P-G rankings

In the Post-Gazette state rankings this week, Upper St. Clair dropped out of the top five in Class AAAA after losing to Bethel Park. St. Joseph's Prep in Philadelphia moved into the top five after a big win against La Sale College.

Here are the Post-Gazette state rankings for this week
1. North Allegheny 7-0
2. Easton 7-0
3. Downingtown East 7-0
4. St. Joseph’s Prep 6-0
5. Ridley 7-0

1. Bishop McDevitt 7-0
2. Cathedral Prep 7-0
3. Montour 7-0
4. Pottsgrove 7-0
5. Archbishop Wood 5-2

1. Aliquippa    7-0
2. Wyomissing 7-0
3. South Fayette 7-0
4. Imhotep Charter 7-0
5. Washington 7-0

1. Clairton 7-0
2. Southern Columbia 7-0
3. Old Forge 7-0
4. Rochester 7-0
5. Dunmore  6-1

King of the 'picks'

Zach Guiser of Greensburg Central Catholic intercepted the 20th pass of his career this past Friday. That's impressive. I don't remember any WPIAL player in recent years with that many interceptions. Guiser, a University of Akron recruit, has been a starter since his freshman year.

While Guiser's 20 interceptions is awfully impressive, he has no chance of the WPIAL record. To me, it is one of the most incredible records in any sport in the WPIAL. Joe Lafko had 37 interceptions at Frazier High School from 1981-83.

Thirty-seven? That's crazy. And it is the same Joe Lafko who has been a highly successful boys basketball coach at Hampton.

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