Gorman: Why Clairton needs to score
Clairton didn't so much celebrate its state record for single-season scoring as it did take aim at another.
The Bears broke the mark of 860 points, set by Terrelle Pryor-led Jeannette in 2007, in a 52-24 PIAA Class A quarterfinal victory over Berlin Brothersvalley.
“It meant a lot,” senior receiver Jamie Hines said. “We get recognition for our offense, but not how we want it to be.”
When the Bears were criticized for putting up 70-plus points in each of their first five games, Clairton coach Wayne Wade called it a “black eye.” They still averaged 63.3 a game.
“That's what we do: We put a lot of pressure on teams,” Wade said. “Once we're up a couple touchdowns, it makes it definitely hard for teams to come back.”
Now that Clairton is 137 points shy of the national record of 1,023, set last year by Aledo, Texas, the Bears need their offense more than ever.
Their defense, which only gave up 43 points through the first 11 games, has allowed 80 in the past three. Of course, the Bears averaged 46 points in those games.
“If our defense gives up the points,” Hines said, “our offense knows we have to answer.”
Clairton's offense proved Friday how spectacular it can be, answering a punt to the 1 with an eight-play, 99-yard scoring drive.
But Berlin Brothersvalley coach Doug Paul, who was impressed by the Bears' balance, put it best: “They need to score.”
Especially given that Eastern semifinalists Bishop Guilfoyle and South Williamsport both put up 60-plus points Friday.
Clairton's no-huddle, no-mercy motto might be necessary to win the next two rounds. Which could mean the national record isn't necessarily out of reach.