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.""