Twenty-five years ago, Upper St. Clair began an impressive playoff run that included three titles over two seasons. Leading the charge was running back/linebacker Doug Whaley.
Whaley helped Upper St. Clair win two WPIAL Class AAAA championships in 1988 and 1989, and a PIAA championship in 1989. The PIAA playoffs started in 1988 and Upper St. Clair would have qualified, but the Upper St. Clair school board was one of several boards in the WPIAL that voted not to have the Panthers participate in the first year.
Whaley was terrific as a senior, helping Upper St. Clair to an undefeated record and the PIAA title. In the final regular-season game against Butler and the first round of the playoffs against Hempfield, Whaley had back-to-back 300-yard rushing performances. He and teammate Pete Habib made for a terrific one-two running punch.
After playing at Upper St. Clair, Whaley went on to play defensive back at Pitt. After that, he got into working in the front office of NFL teams. He moved his way up and this past spring, he was named the general manager of the Buffalo Bills.