Rochester Can’t “Bear” the Bears, Fall 14-13.
Written by: Billy Splain on Friday, November 27th, 2009
By: Matt Farago
PITTSBURGH -The WPIAL Class-A title game the Clairton Bears squared off against the top seeded Rochester Rams, the two teams with the 1st and 2nd best defensives in the entire state in class-A.
Defense was the key for both teams, in weather that was less then pleasant Friday morning at Heinz Field. After all both offensives didn’t have much early, with no score after a quarter of play.
The Bears would take advantage of a Rams fumble deep in their own territory and break the tie with 6:29 to play in the first half, when Deontae Howard scampered in for the game’s first score from 15-yards out, the two point conversion was no good giving the Bears a 6-0 lead.
Rochester would score the first points on Clairton all post-season long on a 2-yard run by senior running back Trey Johnson to put the rams in front 7-6 at the half.
The battle of defensives continued in the second half as neither team found the endzone in the third quarter, and both teams combined for three punts, and two turnovers.
Clairton would retake the lead with 4:57 left to play in regulation, when Desimon Green found the end zone for his second touchdown of the game from 15-yards out, this time the Bears converted the two points and going up 14-7.
The Rams would rally with little time left, as quarter back Jasson Adamson found Terry Gettings on a 22-yard touchdown strike.
A personal foul face mask penalty on Clairton moved the ball to the 1-yard line. With the penalty head coach Gene Matsook elected to go for two and the win. However the #2 defense in the state held its ground on a Trey Johnson run, which would also keep the WPIAL Single-A title in Clairton.
“Our players wanted to go for two and the win no matter where the ball was” Matsook said after the loss. “we knew it would be hard to stop Clairton in OT giving them the ball at the 10-yard line, you can’t play field possession.”
With the victory Clairton will take on the district 5 champion Conemaugh Township next weekend in the PIAA quarterfinals.
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