No. 1 Clairton wins 52nd in a row
Fort Cherry coach Jim Shiel's strategy entering Friday's Black Hills Conference at Clairton was to have his offense wait until one second remained on the play clock, shortening the game in an attempt to avoid a blowout.
Staying at home instead of making the 30 mile-trip to Neil C. Brown Stadium would have been more efficient. And less painful.
Clairton star Tyler Boyd scored four touchdowns four different ways, as the Bears dismantled Fort Cherry, 65-0.
Clairton (5-0, 5-0) has now won 52 straight games, the nation's longest streak.
“I don't really know what to take away from this game,” Clairton coach Tom Nola said. “We obviously did some good things. They tried to slow the game down, but it really didn't matter.”
It certainly didn't.
Fort Cherry (2-3, 2-3) actually retained possession for the first 6:20 of the first quarter, producing a couple of first downs and moving the ball to midfield, while waiting until the last possible moment to snap the ball.
Then, Shiel's plan unraveled.
Boyd scored on a 57-yard catch to start the scoring, and Clairton never stopped. Boyd added a 47-yard interception return for a touchdown and a 41-yard touchdown run the second quarter. In the third quarter, he returned a fumble 40 yards for another score.
He produced only 50 yards rushing on six carries, but had three runs of more than 40 yards called back on penalties.
“He's just amazing,” Shiel said. “And with him, it's not just the speed. He has this ability to find open space the way other people just can't. He's in a league of his own.”
Fort Cherry was playing without its best player, Koltan Kobrys, who was out with a stomach virus.
“We were down to one healthy running back,” Shiel said. “But, still, you know coming in here isn't going to be easy.”
Clairton hasn't lost at home since 2005.
Josh Yohe is a sports writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com.