Clairton cruises into semifinals
Clairton rolled to its 26th consecutive victory Friday night, romping past Bishop Canevin, 47-0, in a WPIAL Class A quarterfinal at Elizabeth Forward's Warrior Stadium.
Clairton advanced to the semifinals, where it will face Springdale next Friday.
The Bears drove to the goal line on their opening possession but faced fourth-and-goal at the 1-yard line. Tyler Boyd grabbed the handoff but ran into a roadblock; Boyd kept his balance and tossed the ball back to quarterback Desimon Green, who ran in for the score to make it 7-0.
The Crusaders made a crucial stop midway through the first quarter but gave the opportunity away after a roughing-the-kicker penalty. It would have been only the fifth punt by Clairton this season.
Green left late in the second quarter with a cramp in his calf. The Bears did not miss a beat; Capri Thompson filled in and completed a 36-yard pass to Trenton Coles for a touchdown.
"We just came out and did what we've done all year," coach Tom Nola said. "The guys played hard."
Clairton's Josh Page had four interceptions; he also caught three passes for 95 yards. Bishop Canevin was led by Chris Walko, who had 28 yards on eight carries.