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Caught in a 'Bear' trap

Neshannock (7) vs. Clairton (37)
Written: Nov 17, 2012
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By Andrew Petyak

New Castle News

HOUSTON — The Neshannock High football team was part of history last night.

But the Lancers were on the wrong end.

Clairton tied a state record with 59 consecutive victories in rolling past the Lancers, 37-7, in the WPIAL Class A semifinals at Chartiers-Houston High School.

“There was a lot of media for this with the radio, newspapers and television,” Bears coach Tom Nola said. “You also have the USA today and The New York Times here. I’m just glad to get this one over with and tie the record. It feels good.”

With the win, the Bears tied the state mark set in 1999 by Central Bucks West High School. Clairton (12-0) will attempt to win its fifth straight WPIAL championship when it takes on Sto-Rox (11-1) for the Class A title at 11:00 a.m. Friday at Heinz Field in a rematch of last year’s championship game.

“It’s very special,” Nola said. “We’re so proud of the players and what they’ve accomplished. This group of seniors have only lost one game, their very first game, and I’m proud of what they’ve done.”

The Bears were last defeated in their 2009 season opener by Laurel, 15-8 on the road. A big reason for the historic success of the team has been because of senior running back Tyler Boyd, and it was no different in this contest, as he rushed for 135 yards on 18 carries including the first touchdown of the game to give the Bears the 6-0 lead after a quarter.

Neshannock (10-2) had a hard time adjusting to a swarming Bears defense, which has allowed just six points a game this season. Lancers quarterback Ernie Burkes was intercepted three times in the contest, including twice in the second half, as the Lancers turned the ball over four times and allowed a safety. Burkes finished with 63 yards on 4-of-14 passing.

“We had our shots. We had some good field position and we were moving the ball,” Mozzocio said. “That’s a tribute to their defense and the athletes they have on that side of the ball. They don’t win 59 games in a row for nothing.”

Clairton took a 26-7 halftime lead through the air as quarterback Armani Ford passed for three scores. Ford finished with 154 yards on 10-of-15 passing and four touchdowns.

“Ford played good tonight,” Nola said. “Tyler Boyd got banged up a little bit, so we relied more on the pass this game.”

Boyd took a shot to the back from a helmet while being tackled in the second quarter and was used sparingly in the second half.

Neshannock’s defense put up a valiant effort against the vaunted offense of the Bears in the second half despite working with a short field for the majority of the game and getting an interception from Jimmy Medure.

“When you play a team like that, they are going to have their fair share of plays,” Mozzocio said. “We knew we had to match them offensively, we didn’t do that. We weren’t able to do that. Their team speed both offensively and defensively is a force to be reckoned with. That’s why they won 59 games in a row.”

The Lancers’ lone score came on a 50-yard pass from Burkes to receiver Alex Welker with three minutes to go in the second quarter. It was the last game for Welker, a senior, and eight other players who provided leadership to a team that improved on last year’s 5-4 record. Neshannock won its first Big Seven Conference championship in school history and also won its first WPIAL playoff game in program history this season.

“I’m devastated right now,” Mozzocio said. “Not because we lost the football game, but because I’m going to lose nine seniors who are unbelievable kids. I wanted them to create their own legacy and they definitely did that. This senior group, they led us all through the winter and the weight room, spring summer, they never wavered and never missed workouts. They were the leaders and their legacy is now a 10-win season. That has never happened here in Neshannock and that’s what they’re going to hang their hats on for years to come. They will see that Big Seven trophy in the trophy case and that belongs to those guys. They built a foundation for us moving into the future.”

(Email: a_petyak@ncnewsonline.com)

WPIAL CLASS A PLAYOFFS

AT CHARTIERS-HOUSTON

NESHANNOCK CLAIRTON

10 First downs 21

136 Yards Rushing 303

21 Yards Lost 15

115 Net Rushing 288

14 Passes Attempted 19

4 Passes Completed 11

3 Passes Intercepted 1

65 Yards Passing 168

180 Total Yards 456

2-1 Fumbles-Lost 0-0

3-15.3 Punts-Average 1-40

4-38 Penalties-Yards 8-126

NESHANNOCK 0 7 0 0 — 7

CLAIRTON 6 20 8 3 — 37

Scoring plays

CLAIRTON — Tyler Boyd, 6-yard run (pass failed).

CLAIRTON — Terrish Webb, 7-yard pass from Armani Ford (pass failed).

CLAIRTON — Titus Howard, 26-yard pass from Ford (Howard pass from Boyd).

NESHANNOCK — Alex Welker, 50-yard pass from Ernie Burkes (Connor Richards kick).

CLAIRTON — Santeaun Sims, 12-yard pass from Ford (run failed).

CLAIRTON — Damond Flowers, tackled Kienan Owens in the end zone for a safety.

CLAIRTON — Webb, 17-yard pass from Ford (kick failed).

CLAIRTON — Bryon Clifford, 30-yard field goal.
GAME SCOREBOARD
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT SCORE
Neshannock 0 7 0 0 0 7
Clairton 6 20 8 3 0 37
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