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Old 08-21-17, 10:20 AM
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Smile Week 1: USO Prep (Obama Academy, Pittsburgh, PA) at Hubbard Eagles

Somebody had to start it-lol

The Barack Obama Academy of International Studies, also known as Pittsburgh Obama 6-12, is a public school in the East Liberty neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is named in honor of the 44th and current President of the United States, Barack Obama.
Pittsburgh Obama is an International Baccalaureate school which was created when the Pittsburgh Public Schools combined Frick Middle School and Schenley High School. As of the 2012-2013 school year, Pittsburgh Obama is located in the former Peabody High School building. Before that, it was housed in the former Reizenstein Middle School building for three years.

Found this on an old forum.

When Pittsburgh Public Schools reorganized a few years ago, it created a few 'smaller schools' and got rid of a few of their 'big schools (Schenley, Oliver, etc)'. One school created was Obama Academy, which is an IB program. They also created two other specialty schools, Science & Tech, and University Prep. Because these schools, individually, are so small, they do not have their own football team. But, the city (and because PA allows it openly), they co-op together to form USO.

But, be aware, they cannot 'recruit' outside of Pittsburgh. And the kids have to academically qualify for one of these three schools. The one city school that used to get criticized was Perry Traditional Academy, as they had a monster program through the 90s and were usually the best in the city. Now, generally, USO is the best.

The confusion on the name is that the major newspaper in the city refuses to use their given name in articles and standings. Why? No clue. Maybe they're just angered over something PPS did. But, the City League recognizes them as USO. The only explanation for the Post-Gazette calling them University Prep is because the initials are 'University Prep, Science & Tech, and Obama' and UP comes first. Who knows.

But, as I said, they'll have 'USO' on their chest, as they've had since their inception a few years ago.
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2017 UNIVERSITY PREP WILDCATS

08/19 A Clairton (scrimmage)

08/25 A Hubbard, OH 7 pm
09/02 H Fort Hill, MD 5 pm
09/08 H Brashear * 3:30 pm
09/14 A Taylor Allderdice * 7 pm
09/22 A Steubenville, OH 7 pm
09/29 A Carrick * 3:30 pm
10/06 H Westinghouse * 3:30 pm
10/12 H Perry Trad. Acad. * 7 pm
10/21 A Wheeling Cent. Cath., WV 1 pm

*Conference games
Head Coach: Lou Berry

Class AAAA (6A is biggest, 1A is lowest in PA)
Approx. 875 total enrollment – 370 boys
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2017 Team Previews:
USO (Univ. Prep, /Science Tech, and Obama)
Written by: Billy Splain on Sunday, August 13th, 2017
Westernpafootball.net
COACHES:
Head Coach: Coach Lou Berry
Assistant Coaches: Coach Damon Macklin
Coach Eric Smith
Coach Mike Logan
Coach Kenneth Wright
Coach Dennis Wolford
Coach Kenneth Johnson
Coach Andre Irish
Coach Langston Kenney
Coach Jordan Morris
Coach Kevin Williams

2016 Record:
6-5 overall 6-1 in league play

Key Starters Lost:
Darious Shields
Darius Langston
Nasir Tatum
Sebastian Conway-Phillips
Terry Turk
Hezekiah Johnson

Offensive Starters Returning:
Sr. RB Sy Alli 5’11” 190
Sr. RB Dorian Jackson 5’10” 180
Sr. WR Raujee Clerfe’ 5’10” 190
Sr. OT Donte Massie 6’3″ 280

Defensive Starters Returning:
Soph. DT Rahmir Moore 6’3″ 330
Jr. DB Damon Macklin 5’6″ 150
Sr. DB Dorian Jackson 5’10” 180
Sr. LB Raujee Clerfe’ 5’10” 190
Sr. LB Steven Bermudez 5’7″ 160

Special Team Starters Returning:
Sr. Return Specialist Dorian Jackson 5’10” 180

Key Newcomers:
Soph. QB William Kenneth-Pipkins 6’0″ 170
Soph. DB Messiah Wilkerson 5’9″ 160
Soph. RB Michael Snowden 5’11” 180
Soph. LB Jabril Sherrill 5’10” 190

Key Stats:
2017 Offensive Outlook: The key for success this year will be our ability to run the football. We return three talented players who gained valuable experience last season. Sy Alli, Dorian Jackson, and Damon Macklin will be depended upon to carry our offense as we look to groom a young quarterback. Raujee Clerfe’ had an outstanding season at the receiver position last year. He has great hands and possesses the ability to take the top off of the coverage.

2017 Defensive Outlook: Our success on the defensive side of the ball starts with defending the run. Due to early season injuries on our defensive line, we were forced to play several guys who lacked varsity experience last year. However, this should be a strength for us going into this season. Rahmir Moore looks to anchor the defensive line. We should also be strong on the back end as we return two very talented cornerbacks in Dorian Jackson and Damon Macklin. Raujee Clerfe’ and Steven Bermuduez bring plenty of productivity to the linebacking corps.

2017 Special Teams Outlook: Kicker Sebastian Conway-Phillips provided the winning points for us in last year’s City League Title game. We are still in the process of identifying someone to fill his shoes.
Return Specialist Dorian Jackson is an electric kick returner who is a threat to take one to the house whenever he touches the ball.
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Dorian Jackson, Obama Academy 2018 CB/RB
Written by: Billy Splain on Monday, July 31st, 2017
Player Name: Dorian Jackson (Junior in 2017)
School: Obama Academy
Class Of: 2018
Primary Position: CB (Cornerback)
Secondary Position(s): RB (Running Back)
Jersey Number: 1
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 180

40-Yard Dash: 4.5

GPA: 3.2 advanced course work

Other Sports:
Track
Starting Experience: Two years

Honors:
Football:
Starter on the 2016 City League Championship Team
All City League Defensive Back
Track:
100 and 200 meter dash City League Champion

2016 Stats:
18 carries for 250 yards and 5 touchdowns
6 receptions for 125 yards
3 interceptions
1 kickoff return

Twitter: @D_Jack412

Coaches Comments:
Dorian Jackson is a coach’s dream! Not only is he a talented multi-dimensional player, his leadership skills and selflessness are two qualities that make him a special individual.
He is also the example of a true student athlete as he carries a strong grade point average while taking advanced courses at Obama Academy.
On the field, Dorian is a “Difference Maker.”
He impacts the game on both sides of the ball.
Offensively, he is a dynamic running back who can score from anywhere on the field. Defensively, he is a shut down corner who follows the opponent’s best receiver whenever necessary.

http://www.westernpafootball.net/new...obama-academy/
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Old 08-21-17, 10:25 AM
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Mascot is a "Community Organizer".
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Old 08-21-17, 10:29 AM
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Gonna be closer than what a lot of yappi thought.
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Old 08-21-17, 10:30 AM
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Mascot is a "Community Organizer".
The helmet logo should be a hammer and sickle
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Old 08-21-17, 10:34 AM
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Old 08-21-17, 10:35 AM
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If USO loses, will the media blame Trump?
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Old 08-21-17, 10:36 AM
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If USO loses, will the media blame Trump?
And the Russians.......
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Old 08-21-17, 10:38 AM
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Uniforms are black jerseys, black pants with gold "USO" on front with dark blue numbers. Black numbers on white trim on both shoulders
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Old 08-21-17, 10:39 AM
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How could anyone honor this man this way who did nothing but divide this country for the 8 years he was in office is astounding. History will revile the name Barrack Obama when all is said and done.
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Old 08-21-17, 10:56 AM
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Home games are played here:
George K. Cupples Stadium
800 East Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203

This stadium, formerly South Stadium, turf field, seats 9,700 fans, and features a 6 lane track, concessions and locker rooms. It is a neutral field for Pittsburgh Public Schools, and the site for concerts, movies, and other events as well as sports. Located next to old high school which closed in 2004 and is listed as a historical landmark.
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Old 08-21-17, 11:28 AM
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USO won the 2016 Pittsburgh city championship . Not sure if that means a lot but they should be competitive.
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Old 08-21-17, 11:32 AM
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USO won the 2016 Pittsburgh city championship . Not sure if that means a lot but they should be competitive.
2016-2017 University Prep football
Schedule and Results (6-5)

Conference record: 4-1-0
Overall: 6-5-0
City League - Class 6A/5A/4A/3A/2A
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2016 (4-4, 2-1)
09/02 A Steubenville, OH L 55-18
09/09 A Westerville Central L 48-0
09/16 H Allderdice * L 22-19
09/23 A Cincinnati Elder, OH L 42-0
09/30 H Carrick * W 53-0
10/07 A Westinghouse * W 14-13
10/14 A Perry Traditional Acad. * W 49-0
10-20 A Brashear * W 13-0

10/28 Perry Traditional Acad. W 40-6 … City League Semi-Final
@ Cupples Stadium
11/05 Brashear W 15-14 … City League Championship
@ Cupples Stadium
11/18 Erie Cathedral Prep L 58-12 … PIAA Playoffs (Dist. 8-10)
@ Erie Veterans Stadium
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Old 08-21-17, 11:39 AM
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All PCL games are played at Cupples Stadium.

As for the name Obama academy, the students chose it.
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Old 08-21-17, 12:08 PM
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...Is Nancy Pelosi the AD?
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Old 08-21-17, 12:10 PM
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With the exception of Allderdice,Hubbard would of lost to the other 4 teams that USO played last season.
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Old 08-21-17, 12:16 PM
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...Is Nancy Pelosi the AD?

Ha!!!
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Old 08-21-17, 12:24 PM
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Are we sure this has been confirmed as contact football as opposed to flag football ? : )
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Old 08-21-17, 01:35 PM
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With the exception of Allderdice,Hubbard would of lost to the other 4 teams that USO played last season.
As would have 98% of the other Mahoning valley teams. Maybe 100%.
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Old 08-21-17, 03:16 PM
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Hubbard will win this game, probably by a couple scores
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Old 08-21-17, 04:52 PM
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After the 90s, the PCL fell on hard times. Primarily because there wasn't as much 'gerrymandering' by students to congregate at Perry Traditional Academy and form a super team. However, USO has developed to a similar extent because you can choose to enroll at one of the three magnet schools. But you have to qualify, which means at least the kids at these three schools are smart and dedicated. It's not just a football move.

The smallest PCL school is Westinghouse, who received a tremendous bump and were quite successful last year because when Wilkinsburg (public school located just east of Pittsburgh) folded their football program, they co-oped with Westinghouse when saw an influx of players that made them competitive despite being smaller than the rest of the PCL teams.

Either way, though, PCL schools generally fare poorly with outside competition. You also have to remember this one fact about Pennsylvania: THESE GAMES DON'T MATTER TO THEM. Any result against an out-of-state (technically even out-of-league) opponent means nothing for playoff consideration. So, win or lose, it doesn't affect them. It's also why they don't have an issue playing tough competition non-league/state. McDowell and Cathedral Prep in Erie are similar with their games against Mentor, Iggy, Ed, Hoban, etc. Has no bearing on their playoff fortunes like it does in Ohio. Which is why Ohio teams do well because the game does matter while in PA it's basically only whether your end-of-season record is 7-1 or 8-0, etc.

Also, PCL has 6 teams. The top four make the playoffs. The two semifinals are played the weekend of OHSAA Week 10. One on Thursday night, one on Friday night. 4-1 and 3-2. The two winners move on to the PCL championship game held during OHSAA Week 11. Usually Saturday afternoon. Again, all games at Cupples Stadium.

The odd factor is that: You can lose in the PCL playoffs and still advance to the state playoffs.

This only happens in the PCL for one reason. Not all six teams are in the same classification. They have one 6A, one 5A, two 4A, one 3A, and one 2A school. Each team by itself is eligible for the state playoffs REGARDLESS of record. The best 4A school moves onto the state playoffs. So, if both 4A teams make the PCL playoffs, the best result wins. They win the league, they move on. If one wins a semifinal and the other doesn't, the winner moves on, etc. In the past with 4 classifications it was much more interesting than it is today.

This is the fault of the PIAA's district system. The districts control A LOT of the setup of the state and enforcement (player eligibility issues are handled by the district and can be appealed to the PIAA, for instance). Playoffs, are also handled by the district until a district champion in each class (or each class the district has a team) to advance to the state round. And not all teams enter the state round the same week.

6A in District 3, for instance, advance to the state semifinal. While 2A in District 8 (PCL) advance to a sub-regional among other district champions in district without a lot of teams in 2A.

It's convoluted to say the least. Then some districts let almost all teams in (District 10), while some only a half or so (District 7 - WPIAL). Some play at home-field sites throughout the playoffs (District 9), while some play neutral site for all rounds (District 10), while some play the first round at higher seed and neutral the rest of the way (District 7).

Also, day of games and who plays who are entirely up to the districts. Some use a points system (District 6), others use league or region finish (District 7 and 10), etc. Some districts mandate a schedule and place teams in regions or leagues (District 7 and 10), while others let the teams decide which league to play in (District 6 and 9). While D10 leaves non-region games up to the teams to schedule, District 7 scheduled all games for a few years before last year allowing "Week 0" games to be up to the teams. IF they wanted a Week 0 game. If not, they could hold a scrimmage instead. District 7 only plays a 9-game schedule anyways so they could host a first round of playoffs. This also allows teams who don't make the playoffs to participate in 'consolation' games. Though it's generally fallen out of favor. Canon-McMillan hosted one two years ago I attended.

One other thing PIAA and its districts allow that OHSAA doesn't: you can opt out of the playoffs. The general rule is that if you finish below .500 you opt out. Last year in District 10, only Cathedral Prep and Warren were 4A schools (the rest of 4A played up--another thing you can't do in Ohio--just to avoid CP come playoff time) and the game would have been a monumental mismatch. Warren had only won one or two games, while Cathedral Prep was eyeing a state title. Warren opted out of the playoffs, which resulted in CP getting a two-week bye because the winner of the game was already slotted for a bye the following week.

And here's the weirdest part of the PIAA state playoffs: the district matchups are pre-determined at the start of the year and alternate on a two-year cycle. So, if the District 10 and District 8 champion are bracketed, one year District 10 hosts the game, and one year District 8 hosts the game.

This may sound odd, but the games must be neutral site, however. So, even if a game should be played halfway between two teams, one district gets to set the location. And they almost always host the game INSIDE the district. Either at a HS or college venue.

For instance, D10 would almost always host a game against a southern school along the southern border of the district: Either at Slippery Rock University, or possible Hickory or Wilmington HSs. District 8, however, only has one available stadium: Cupples Stadium. And the PIAA considers that a 'neutral site' even though the one team plays there ALL YEAR, both home and away. Several times my HS had to play a state playoff game at Perry's 'home field that technically isn't' just because District 8 gets to host and it's their only stadium (they're not going to use Heinz Field or rent out Duquense's or Carnegie Mellon's stadiums).

The only thing PIAA does do is the playoff games, like in Texas, can be at any time on the weekend. That includes Thursday nights and Saturday afternoons. So, unlike Ohio, you can actually see four different playoff games in one weekend.
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Old 08-22-17, 09:31 PM
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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette preview

http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/h...ime=1503439801

USO preview

http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/h...s/201708230083
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Old 08-22-17, 11:44 PM
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Says preps returning leading rusher from last season is 5'6 150 lbs....
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Old 08-23-17, 12:21 AM
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How did they fare in their scrimmage, that's a tough school with a lot of speed to go against
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Old 08-23-17, 07:29 AM
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Born and raised and still live in the Pittsburgh Area. Outside of a few years here and there the City league is a joke. Less than 500 fans at the games, no discipline from the players (although some are highly athletic), just bad football.
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Old 08-23-17, 07:44 AM
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Isn't this Obama team really from Kenya?
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Old 08-23-17, 07:45 AM
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Well, Perry was a beast in the 90s and won a state title. But usually they're bad. And 500 is being generous.
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Old 08-23-17, 08:05 AM
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Well, Perry was a beast in the 90s and won a state title. But usually they're bad. And 500 is being generous.
The 90's was a long time ago, and you are right they were a beast back then. Those Perry teams were WPIAL caliber teams, but the rest of the league was a joke back then and today the whole league is a joke. Again there is talent in the City League, but it is raw, and very undisciplined.
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Old 08-25-17, 03:13 PM
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Good Luck to The Eagles of Hubbard High tonight playing at Beautiful Hubbard Memorial Stadium.

Hoping for an injury free game for both teams.
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Old 08-25-17, 05:28 PM
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Can anyone provide updates?
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Whoever wrote the original article, doesn't know who the current President is.
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