Hall of Fame and former Braddock High School coach Chuck Klausing, was on hand Nov. 26 to witness what happens when you poke the Bear. Clairton has won 44 consecutive games and needs three victories to break Klausing’s WPIAL record 46-game string from 1955-60.
Clairton (13-0) raced to 24 second quarter points and forced five Sto-Rox (12-1) turnovers to win its ninth WPIAL Class A football championship (4th in a row), 42-6, via a mercy rule Saturday morning at Heinz Field.
|CLASS A CHAMPS—The Clairton Bears celebrate after defeating Sto-Rox 42-6 in the WPIAL Class A Championship game, The Bears won their fourth WPIAL title in a row and now have 44 straight wins. (Courier Photos/William McBride)
Sto Rox entered the game undefeated and extremely confident. The Vikings stormed out of the locker room and planted their school flag at midfield and then the Bears planted them.
“We took it personally because they were talking all this noise,” said Clairton running back Tyler Boyd. “We were confident in ourselves. We call each others ‘bros’—we’re a family; we’re close.”
Both teams battled to a scoreless tie through one quarter, but that all changed in the second 12 minutes. Boyd personally saw to that. No. 23 broke the scoreless tie just 19 seconds into the second quarter on a 55-yard run and then added the two-point conversion for an 8-0 Bear lead. Boyd led all rushers with 141 yards on only 12 carries. He scored four touchdowns and had an interception.
While Boyd and the orange and black were rolling offensively, they were just as dominant on the opposite side of the ball. Defensive Coordinator Wayne Wade’s unit was flying all over the field throughout the course of the game.
The Vikings’ ground attack was limited to minus-28 yards on 22 carries. Quarterback Lenny Williams could have sued his team for lack of support.
“We graduated a lot of players last year and nobody believed that we would be dominating again on defense. But our defense stepped up to the plate,” said Wade. “But I think we put that to bed over the summer (at our 7-on-7 in Dallas). The kids met the challenge and we have the best secondary in the WPIAL.”
Clairton is three games away from making history and Sto-Rox had to learn the hard way that you never poke the Bear.