Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Joe Koch profiles the Clairton football team. Click here to read his story.
(Photo: Clairton sophomore Aaron Mathews figures to be a key building block for Clairton football. John Heller/Post-Gazette)
"For Coach Tom Nola and his Clairton High School football team, the moments following last Friday night's 24-19 loss to Sto-Rox in the WPIAL Class A semifinal football game led to unfamiliar emotions.
"We're not used to the position we were in," he said, recounting the moments following the team's five-point loss to the Vikings. "We'd played like the champions that we were, but we came up a little short. It hurts."
With two minutes remaining in the game, the Bears were clinging to a 19-18 lead. But just eight seconds later, Vikings' two-way standout athlete Lenny Williams scampered 22 yards from the quarterback position for the winning touchdown, thus ending the Bears' five-year reign as WPIAL Class A champions and their equally impressive four successive years as PIAA Class A champions."