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Football: Clairton shocked in title game

Written by Marky Billson on .

Marky Billson profiles the Clairton football team.

"The Clairton Bears returned to the PIAA Class A championship football game for the sixth time in seven years last Friday.

As Clairton compiled a 15-1 record, it scored 958 points, the second-highest total in the history of American high school football.

The Bears can list a litany of other achievments.

* Sophomore Lamont Wade rushed for 2,762 yards, a WPIAL single-season record.

* Quarterback Ryan Williams became the sixth quarterback in WPIAL history to throw for 3,000 or more yards in a season when he accumulated 3,034 through the air."

 

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Football: Clairton deciding on plan after fight in PIAA championship

Written by Mike White on .

Mike White reports that Clairton High School officials are trying to determine what punishment should be given to the school's football team after their actions in the PIAA championship game.

"Clairton High School officials still are deciding what action should be taken for their football team's behavior Friday at the end of the PIAA Class A championship in Hershey, Pa.

Clairton principal Tom McCloskey spoke Monday with PIAA director Bob Lombardi and WPIAL director Tim O'Malley about what steps the school might take against the team or coaches. Clairton lost to Bishop Guilfoyle, 19-18, in the title game.

Near the end, a small fight broke out on the field and some Clairton players came on the field during the skirmish. One Clairton player threw his helmet at Bishop Guilfoyle players.

The PIAA is waiting to see what Clairton does. If the PIAA does not feel the school acts appropriately, it could enforce penalties. McCloskey said in an email "we will cooperate with the PIAA and WPIAL to resolve the issue.""

 

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Football: Clairton falls short in PIAA final

Written by Craig Meyer on .

Craig Meyer covered Friday's PIAA Class A championship between Clairton and Bishop Guilfoyle.

2014 1213 Clairton Football(Photo: Clairton's Aaron Mathews pulls in a pass for a touchdown as he's defended by Bishop Guilfoyle's Sam Keating and Brandon Chadbourn. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"HERSHEY, Pa. — As a season's worth of dreams were ripped away in the biting Central Pennsylvania wind, emotions began to pour out for Clairton's football team.

The scoreboard flashed an unexpected result — a 19-18 loss against District 6 champion Altoona Bishop Guilfoyle in the PIAA Class A championship at Hersheypark Stadium — and the Bears walked off the field one by one, many crying or visibly trying to hold back tears of sadness or anger.

For most of the season, a championship seemed like a formality as the Bears (15-1) plowed through opponent after opponent on their way to a state-record 958 points.

And, as frustrating as the setback was, the close score amplified those feelings particularly because two crucial plays were inches from preserving a perfect season."

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Football: Emotions boil over at end of Clairton loss

Written by Mike White on .

Mike White reports on the skirmish that took place at the end of Clairton's loss to Bishop Guilfoyle in Friday's PIAA Class A championship.

"HERSHEY, Pa. — The Clairton football team likely will face disciplinary action from the PIAA for its behavior Friday near the end of the PIAA Class A championship game.

Clairton lost to Bishop Guilfoyle, 19-18, at Hersheypark Stadium in a game that had an ugly finish. With 22.8 seconds left, a small skirmish between players broke out, and many of Clairton's players came rushing on the field as the fight escalated. Clairton senior lineman Vance Gibson took off his helmet and threw it at a few Bishop Guilfoyle players. The game was stopped with 22.8 seconds left.

Bob Lombardi, executive director of the PIAA, said the league will request a report from both schools. Lombardi also said the PIAA would wait to see what action Clairton will take against any players and coach Wayne Wade for not controlling his team.

"If Clairton takes the action we feel is appropriate, then it will be done," said Lombardi. "If not, then we will take action. ... First of all, they violated the sideline rule and they threw helmets into standing players. They're going to have to answer for those actions. Those types of actions are not to be tolerated. They may have to answer in front of our board of directors.""

 

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Football: Clairton, coach just can't imagine losing game

Written by Mike White on .

Mike White previews Friday's PIAA Class A championship between Clairton and Bishop Guilfoyle.

"Wayne Wade was never asked the question before: Has he ever visualized his team losing?

For Wade, it's hard to picture.

Clairton has been so good and so dominant, and Wade is so confident, that losing doesn't enter the mind. With an undefeated team left standing between the Bears and a PIAA Class A title, Wade still has a hard time imagining a loss.

Clairton (15-0) meets Bishop Guilfoyle (15-0) for the championship this afternoon at Hersheypark Stadium. It is the first of four title games in Hershey over the next two days."