Armani Ford, Clairton
Last week: Ford completed 8 of 14 passes for 195 yards in helping Clairton reach the PIAA Class A championship game for the fifth year in a row by defeating Port Allegany, 44-12, in a semifinal game last Friday.
Check this out: Ford, a senior, has excelled in his first season as Clairton's starting quarterback, completing 66 percent of his passes (78 of 118) for 1,853 yards and 24 touchdowns. He's thrown 11 of those touchdown passes in the postseason. This afternoon he'll try to help the Bears win their fourth consecutive PIAA title and 63rd consecutive game.
• What's the story behind your first name? My mom liked the designer Giorgio Armani. She liked that name, so that's what she went with.
• You guys did a rap song about the team. Which of your teammates is the best rapper? Dryan Davenport.
• What would it mean to win this game? It would mean a lot to lead our team to victory and be the only team to win four WPIAL and four state titles [in a row]. And we want to keep the streak going.
• Do you feel like there's been a lot of pressure on you guys this season? Yeah. There's been a lot the longer the streak has gone on. We don't want to be the ones to let it end.
• What do you remember from that last loss four seasons ago? I just remember we shouldn't have lost that game. We took [Laurel] lightly and they got us.
• What's the biggest problem with the Steelers right now? It starts with the line. They're not giving Ben and the running backs time to make plays. And the secondary needs to step up.
• Most people would be surprised to know that ... I want to go into architecture.
Ciara Gregory, Jeannette
Last week: There are ways to get the season off to a great start and then there's what Gregory was able to accomplish last week. In her team's 70-66 victory against Franklin Regional, Gregory scored 40 points, an effort which included six 3-pointers.
Check this out: Gregory's first act to the season was a fitting encore to a decorated junior year in which she made the Post-Gazette's Fab Five team, helping lead Jeanette to a 13-9 record, including an 11-1 mark in section play. She has signed to play at Charlotte.
• Do you play any other sports? I only play basketball.
• What's your favorite memory of your basketball career? My favorite basketball memory is winning the WPIAL championship my freshman year.
• What would you say is the strongest facet of your game? My court awareness is probably the best aspect of my game.
• Who is the best player you've ever had to play against? The best player I've played against would be Shatori [Walker-Kimbrough of Hopewell] in AAU practices.
• What athlete did you admire when you were younger? Growing up, I looked up to [former Jeannette and current Oakland Raiders quarterback] Terrelle Pryor.
• How are you feeling about your team's chances this season? I feel like if we continue to work hard, we'll win our section and be able to make a deep run in the playoffs.
• Who are your favorite musical artists or bands? Lil Wayne, Drake and Rihanna.
• What's your favorite subject in school? My favorite class is math.