Clairton rolls over Chartiers-Houston
The Clairton football program widely believes that, because of a grudge, the Chartiers-Houston coaching staff declined to vote for any of the Bears for the all-conference team last season.
Chances are the Bears will get a few votes from Chartiers-Houston staff this season.
Or maybe not.
Clairton (4-0, 2-0) made it four consecutive blowouts this season in a systematic 48-0 victory over Chartiers-Houston (3-1, 1-1).
Following the contest, Chartiers-Houston coach Terry Fetsko acknowledged that he didn't appreciate Clairton's decision to throw numerous passes in the fourth quarter, nor did he care for the behavior he witnessed.
"I just don't understand why they always throw in the fourth quarter when they're way ahead," Fetsko said. "It's something they always do. It's not very good sportsmanship, I'll tell you that. Then they score a late touchdown and all their players look at our coaching staff and give us the first-down signal."
Fetsko admits that Clairton is a tremendously talented team, but doesn't believe the Bears are invincible in Class A.
"Rochester can beat them," he said. "They have a ton of talent, but they can be beaten."
Clairton coach Tom Nola had a different take on the decision to throw in the fourth quarter.
Starting quarterback Desimon Green was removed from the contest in the third quarter.
"It was my back-up quarterback in the game in the fourth quarter," Nola said. "I don't see how that's a big deal. I'm just trying to get people some work."
Aside from the postgame controversy, it was business as usual for the indomitable Bears.
Clairton now has outscored its opponents 204-12. The mighty Bears' defense allowed only 51 yards against Chartiers-Houston.
"Our defense was great again," Nola said. "I can't really complain about much of anything."
The Clairton offense has become remarkably diverse.
• Green completed 5 of 9 passes for 131 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 60 yards on five carries.
• Josh Page caught touchdown passes of 32 and 22 yards.
• Brandon Small rushed for 68 yards and two touchdowns on only six carries.
• Brian Boyd caught two passes for 82 yards and a touchdown.
• Karvonn "Mud Puppy" Coles ran for 43 yards and a touchdown on only five carries.
• Tight end Bishop Neal caught a touchdown pass.
• Wideout Trenton Coles had only one catch but ran two reverses for 44 yards.
The only problem for Nola is keeping everyone happy.
"This was another one of those nights where it was hard to get enough people touches," Nola said. "I've got to get Brandon the ball. And Coles. And the other Coles. And Page. And Bishop. And Boyd. There is just a lot of talent on this team."
Small opened the scoring on Clairton's first possession with a 6-yard run.
Boyd then caught a 34-yard strike from Green to make it 16-0 late in the first quarter.
Small scored again and Page caught the first of his two touchdown passes in the second quarter.
Neal, Page, and Coles finished off the win with second-half touchdowns.
"We're playing well and we've been very disciplined," Nola said. "I like how we're playing right now."
Fetsko might not have much love for Clairton, but admitted that the Bears' talent is somewhat overwhelming.
"I like how we competed tonight," Fetsko said. "But what are you going to do• We did some good things, and it makes you feel like you didn't get dominated. But we did get dominated."
NOTES Clairton legends Kevin Weatherspoon and Manny Williams attended the game. ... Kick return specialist Deon Ellis was not permitted to play because of a school rule that states players who are tardy to school on a game day can't play that evening. ... Clairton defensive back Brian Boyd is out for the season after tearing all four of his knee ligaments in practice earlier in the week.