The Clairton football team added to its rich tradition Saturday afternoon with its 42-6 victory over Sto-Rox in the WPIAL Class A championship game.
The Bears captured their fourth consecutive WPIAL title and ninth in school history and added also another tally to a 44-game winning streak.
No. 1 Clairton (13-0) used five takeaways defensively, as well as a strong rushing attack to stun second-seeded Sto-Rox, which finished the season at 12-1.
Junior multi-purpose back Tyler Boyd led the offensive effort for Clairton, rushing for 141 yards and touchdowns of 55, 6 and 47 yards on just 12 carries.
The win was the 44th straight for Clairton (12-0), which now will take aim at its third straight PIAA championship, starting with a PIAA first-round game Friday vs. District 5 champion North Star (10-1) at 7 p.m. at Yough.
Tyler Boyd: 12 rushes, 141 yards, 3 TDs.
Capri Thompson: 4 of 6 passing for 49 yards, 1 TD
Terrish Webb: 2 INTs
Lenny Williams: 12 of 20 for 127 yards, 1 TD, 4 INTs
Marzett Geter: 2 catches for 63 yards, 1 TD
Dontez Ford: 4 catches for 46 yards
In their words…
Sto-Rox head coach Ron Butschle
“Not only did we give them the football, we gave it to them in good field positions.”
“That’s a great team. There’s no question in my mind that’s the best team in Single-A. They certainly proved it today, and I think we’re a pretty good team. They’re very athletic, very fast up front.”
“I can’t see anyone beating them.”
Clairton coach Tom Nola
“We played a good team today. They just made too many mistakes. You can’t do that against a good team like us because we’re going to take advantage of that. Our defense played a normal game and only allowed one miscue. Our offense took advantage of those mistakes by Sto-Rox. We got Tyler Boyd and they don’t.”
On his long touchdowns “I think I set the tone. If it wasn’t for my blockers, I don’t think I’d have made those plays. I give credit to my line. I sparked the crowd, and we got it going.”
4 titles “It feels pretty good. It puts our small city on the map.”
*Sto-Rox actually went backward more than forward in the game. The Vikings committed 11 penalties for 176 yards. On offense, they ran 43 plays for 99 yards.
*The game took 2 hours and 50 minutes to complete.
*Both teams had 9 first downs.
*The game will re-air on Root Sports at 8:30 p.m. Sunday.