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Bears' epic 66-game winning streak buoyed all of Clairton

Highlights from along the way

9.11.09 After a 15-8 loss at Laurel in the season opener, streak starts with a 46-0 Week 2 win over Monessen.

11.27.09 Wins WPIAL Class A title with 14-13 victory over Rochester, the closest score in its 66-game win streak.

12.18.09 Wins first PIAA Class A title, beating Johnstown Bishop McCort, 15-3, at Hersheypark Stadium.

11.27.10 Beat Rochester, 12-0, for the WPIAL title, one of 10 shutouts in 16 games that season.

12.17.10 Rallies from a 24-0 first-half deficit for a 36-30 victory over Taylor Riverside to win the PIAA championship.

9.30.11 Scores 76 first-half points in an 84-0 victory over Avella.

12.16.11 Beats Southern Columbia, 35-19, to win PIAA title and tie Braddock's WPIAL record for most consecutive victories.

8.31.12 Survives a scare to beat Black Hills Conference rival Chartiers-Houston, 22-20. The Bucs were one of only four teams to stay within single digits of the Bears during the streak.

11.16.12 A 37-7 win over Neshannock in the WPIAL semifinals ties Central Bucks West's state record of 59 straight victories, set from 1997-2000.

11.23.12 A 58-21 victory over Sto-Rox sets the state record for consecutive wins.

11.30.12 Tyler Boyd breaks Rushel Shell's WPIAL record of 110 career touchdowns. Boyd finished his career with 117 TDs.

12.14.12 Senior class finishes 63-1 with 20-0 win over Dunmore in the PIAA final.

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Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, 2:00 p.m.

From the City of Prayer, there came an answer: The Clairton Bears, the WPIAL's most dominant team in decades and a welcome distraction for a depressed steel town and a distressed school district.

During a 66-game stretch that ranked as the nation's longest high school football winning streak and broke Pennsylvania state records for consecutive victories, Clairton captured the fascination of fans everywhere.

With every win, every WPIAL and PIAA Class A title accumulated along the way, the Bears brought back pride, prominence and promise of better days ahead. For the tiny town of Clairton, every Friday night was a celebration — not just of the players, but everyone in black and orange: from the band and cheerleaders who marched up Miller Avenue to Neil C. Brown Stadium to the pee-wee players dreaming of being Bears one day.

The streak started in September 2009 and would last four years and nine days. During that span, Clairton won four district and four state titles, broke Braddock's 51-year-old WPIAL record and Central Bucks West's 12-year-old state mark for consecutive victories.

Then, last Friday, the streak ended at the hands of the same school against which it began. Monessen's Greyhounds took a 14-0 halftime lead and a 28-point advantage in the fourth quarter. It was a role reversal for Clairton, long accustomed to overpowering opponents.

Now, it was on the wrong end of a 42-24 final score. The streak was over, and the Bears were left in tears.

“This just goes to show how incredible our streak was,” Clairton coach Tom Nola said. “We played bad, and Monessen was great. But I'm proud of what we did and of what the team accomplished.”




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