Another Big Night For Clairton

Thursday night, it was win number 601 for the Clairton program, and the 51st consecutive win dating back to 2009. Aside from those big numbers, Tyler Boyd had over 250 all-purpose yards.

Clairton players knew it wasn't going to come easy against a tough Monessen squad led by West Virginia commit Chavas Rawlins.

Winning their 51st consecutive game in a row, in what's considered a rivalry game on both sides, the Clairton players surprised themselves in a 52-7 win.

"I'm not going to say we were going to come out and win like this, because that's being cocky," Pitt commit Titus Howard said. "We knew what we wanted to do. All week, we were hearing about how they were going to end our streak. We came out and played as hard as we could, to the end."

Boyd got the Bears on the board with an 8-yard touchdown run. Santeaun Simms helped extend that lead to 13-0, catching a touchdown pass on the first play, following a Monessen fumble.

Rawlins got his team on the board with a 33-yard touchdown run. At that point, with about ten minutes left in the first half, it looked like it was going to be a game. That's when Clairton blew the doors open with big play after big play.

Clairton answered with a three-play drive, capped by a 20-yard touchdown run from Boyd. The Bears would add a total of four more touchdowns in the first half--all with under six minutes left in the half. Armani Ford added a one-yard plunge, and Boyd caught a 35-yard touchdown pass. Special teams also chipped in; recovering a loose ball off a bad punt snap. Clairton scooped the loose ball, running it in five yards for the touchdown. Clairton took a commanding 39-7 lead with 17 seconds left in the first half, and that would be the halftime score.

"Our team brought it, and it showed," Boyd said. "We showed everybody what it was about."

Clairton wasted little time getting things going in the second half as Vinny Moody returned The Opening kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown. The running clock was on, as Clairton led 46-7 just 11 seconds into the third quarter.

Byron Clifford closed the scoring for the Bears with a 25-yard touchdown, making it a 52-7 rout.

Final tally; Howard with six tackles, including one for a loss on defense. Boyd finished with four tackles on defense, but did his most damage on offense; 152 yards on 12 carries with 2 rushing scores, 2 catches for 51 yards and a receiving touchdown, and he completed both passes thrown for 50 yards.

With this type of win, this type of winning streak and success the program has had, it's no shock Clairton has three Division I athletes on this roster alone--Howard, the Pitt commit, Kent State commit Terrish Webb and the four-star prospect Boyd.

After the game, Howard threw in a mention of his future team's win this past Saturday..

"I loved it, I was at the game," Howard said, grinning ear to ear. "I loved everything about it."

Boyd said his recruitment is still wide open. He says he will continue to take his time with this decision. After attending that same Pitt game last week, he's planning to get to the West Virginia-Maryland game on Saturday.

"I think I'm going to take my time, and maybe narrow things down next month," Boyd said. "I might go to the West Virginia game on Saturday with Chavas, and those guys."

For the season, Howard has 15 tackles with a forced fumble and an interception. He also has a receiving touchdown. Boyd has rushed for 520 yards with another 140 yards receiving, and the 50 yards passing he had Thursday night. He has scored a total of 11 touchdowns this season.


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