Clairton's Howard to sit out title game
Titus Howard always figured he would finish his high school football career with his Clairton teammates at Hersheypark Stadium.
He just assumed he would be in pads.
Howard received the news he had dreaded Monday when a doctor wouldn't medically clear him to play in the PIAA Class A championship game at 1 p.m. Friday against District 2 champion Dunmore (14-1). The Pitt recruit dislocated his elbow Nov. 30 in the first half of Clairton's 53-0 win over Berlin Brothersvalley in the state quarterfinals.
“They said on my MRI that there was a lot of damage,” Howard said. “There were just a lot of little tears, but it wasn't serious enough for me to have to have surgery. But it was serious enough for them to tell me not to play this weekend.”
Howard sat out the Bears' 44-12 victory over Port Allegany in the PIAA Class A semifinals last weekend. It was the first time the senior wide receiver didn't play in a high school game.
Now he will be have to watch again as Clairton (15-0) tries to extend its state-record winning streak to 63 games.
“That's a bad feeling because there's no doubt I want to be out there with the team,” Howard said. “I just wish I was able to be out there again with them.”
Howard was second on the team this season with 21 catches, 536 yards and five touchdowns. He also was a cornerback on Clairton's “Killer-Ts” defensive backfield made up of three Division I prospects in Howard, cornerback Terrish Webb (Kent State) and uncommitted free safety Tyler Boyd.
Without Howard, the Clairton defense held Port Allegany quarterback Matt Bodamer, the state's all-time passing leader, to 192 yards and a late touchdown. Boyd intercepted Bodamer's first pass, and Webb picked him off in the final minute of the first half.
Keith Barnes is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-664-9161 Ext. 1977.