Much like the Chinese economy, Clairton victories continues to grow and the undefeated Bears are taking the high school football world by storm.
|“BEAR TRAP”—Clairton’s Israel Melvin (55) and Robert Boatright (9) close in on Sto-Rox quarterback Lenny Williams as he throws a pass. (Courier Photos/William McBride)
Clairton (13-0) broke a state record with its 60th consecutive victory, the current longest winning streak in the country, as the Bears won their fifth consecutive WPIAL title with a 58-21 victory over Sto Rox in the Class A championship game at Heinz Field on Nov. 23.
Almost losing the first game of the season to Chartiers-Houston was the best thing that could have happened to Clairton. As strange as that sounds, that 22-20 narrow victory was an inspiration.
Much of the Bears’ success can be attributed to the performance of Tyler Boyd. A senior, Boyd has rushed for over 2,000 yards and scored over 40 touchdowns. Boyd was held to minus-9 rushing yards in the first half, but ripped the Vikings for 145 rushing yards in the third quarter, including a 77-yard touchdown run.
The Bears began the game over confident and flat and trailed after the first quarter for the first time all season.
Sto-Rox junior quarterback Lenny Williams, among the WPIAL’s top 10 in career passing with over 5,000 yards, threw a 18-yard touchdown pass to Elisa Bonner to give the Vikings a 7-6 lead.
The Bears dominated the second half with over 500 yards and 58 points—the second most points in a championship game history. Only the great Terrelle Pryor and Jeannette’s 61 in 2007 against Beaver Falls were more.
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.
“I got to give credit to Sto-Rox’s Brendan Blair and Lenny Williams,” said Terrish Webb, Clairton receiver and a Kent State recruit. “They are two great players and only juniors.”