Clairton's Boyd compared to Terrelle Pryor after amazing effort
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Believe it or not, top-seeded Clairton was flat during most of its WPIAL Class A quarterfinal game Friday at Belle Vernon High School.
Unfortunately for ninth-seeded Brentwood, the Tyler Boyd Show never goes flat.
Clairton's star scored five touchdowns, rushed for 288 yards and hauled in an 89-yard touchdown catch in the Bears' 39-0 victory.
He received some lavish praise following the game.
“I coached against Terrelle Pryor a few years ago,” Brentwood coach Kevin Kissel said. “I believe Tyler Boyd is a better high school football player than Terrelle Pryor was. I actually thought we played well tonight. But we could have had 17 players on the field, and we weren't going to tackle Tyler Boyd. I have never seen anyone like him.”
The Bears have won 58 consecutive games, which is the nation's longest winning streak. Of those 58 wins, 23 have come in the postseason. Clairton will take on Neshannock next week in the semifinals. Boyd has scored 11 touchdowns in two playoff games and couldn't help but grin when told of Kissel's assessment.
“Terrelle is an all-time great,” Boyd said. “I do appreciate that very much.”
Boyd made his presence felt immediately against Brentwood, busting through the middle of the Spartans' defense for a 67-yard touchdown scamper on the game's second play.
He was just getting started. With Clairton (11-0) ahead only 8-0 midway through the second quarter — Brentwood (7-4) was able to maintain the ball for some surprisingly large chunks of time and was on the verge of frustrating the Bears — Boyd essentially put the game away when he caught a pass in the center of the field and simply accelerated past the Spartans for an 89-yard touchdown catch. He added a 48-yard scoring run later in the second, reversing field on a pitch and outrunning everyone.
“He does it every game,” Clairton coach Tom Nola said.
Clairton's defense gave up some yardage in the first half but made big plays on two fourth downs. Defensive coordinator Wayne Wade's defense produced three turnovers during its fourth shutout of the season.
Still, Boyd's performance greatly overshadowed anything else. He broke two tackles on his way to a 20-yard score in the third quarter and made two plays in the fourth quarter that brought Clairton fans to their feet.
Streaking in from his free safety position, Boyd unleashed a hit on Brentwood running back Justin Vickless that was audible throughout Jim Weir Stadium, throwing the Clairton crowd into a frenzy. A moment later, Boyd produced one of the signature plays of his career. He took a toss toward the right sideline, sidestepped two unblocked defenders and then hurdled a Brentwood defender on his way to an 89-yard touchdown run.
“Everything felt good tonight,” Boyd said. “I give Brentwood credit. That's a pretty good team we played tonight. But it takes more than that to beat us.”
Josh Yohe is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com or 412-664-9161 Ext. 1975.
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