Last week: Thompson, making his state-record 64th career start, helped the Clairton football team win its WPIAL-record 47th game in a row by defeating Southern Columbia, 35-19, for the PIAA Class A championship.
The skinny: Thompson, a 6-foot-2, 230-pound center/nose tackle, was a starter since the first game of his freshman season, and helped the Bears win four WPIAL and three PIAA titles. His brother, Capri, was Clairton's starting quarterback this season.
(Photo: Carvan Thompson, Clairton. Lake Fong/Post-Gazette)
• What did it mean to break the WPIAL record for consecutive wins? It meant a lot because we tried hard and that was a big goal of ours.
• Did you ever score an offensive touchdown? Yeah, I did this season. Tyler [Boyd] had a long run, but he fumbled into the end zone and I recovered it.
• How did it feel to snap the ball to your brother one final time? It was an emotional moment. It was like we'll never do it again.
• What is the biggest difference between you and Capri? He's more open than I am. He talks more than me.
• Best player on your team that few people talk about? [Senior] Devante Gardlock. He just works hard. He's a really good defensive end.
• When did you stop believing in Santa Claus? When I was about 7 or 8.
• When does your family open Christmas presents? Probably ... Christmas Eve, around midnight.
• What do you think about the Pitt coaching situation? I know their coach left. One of our players is going down there [senior wide receiver/defensive back Trenton Coles], and I know it's made him think a lot about if he still wants to go there.
• Most people would be surprised to know that ... I'm not scared to show my emotions.