Clairton’s Carvan Thompson will set new state record with start Friday
Written by: Josh Funk on Tuesday, November 15th, 2011
One of Clairton’s starting offensive linemen is in line to establish a new state record this weekend when the Bears face Rochester in the WPIAL Class A semifinals.
Carvan Thompson, Clairton’s senior center and nose guard, will be making his 60th career varsity start against Rochester. Assuming Thompson remains healthy and that Clairton would continue to win and reach the PIAA finals for a fourth consecutive year, that would give the Bear senior 64 varsity starts.
Through Thompson’s 59 varsity starts to date, Clairton has rolled to an impressive 57-2 record, with the only defeats coming at the hands of Steelton-Highspire (2008) and Laurel (2009). Since that Laurel loss, Clairton has won 42 games in a row.
Over those 59 starts, Thompson has been part of a Clairton team which has averaged 42.4 points per contest. The Bears’ 2008, 2009 and 2010 teams each scored 612 points or more, which ranks among the top-35 team scoring outputs in state history. The 2011 edition is currently sitting at 511 points, good enough for 158th place.
Thompson’s helped to pave the way for Deontae Howard, the Bears’ feature back in the 2008-09 seasons who finished with 4,415 career rushing yards. Last season, Clairton had four rushers surpass the 600-yard mark. Through 11 games this year, junior Tyler Boyd has run for more than 1,500 yards and, to date, has more than 2,100 yards for his career.
But Clairton’s not only had success running the ball over that span. In 2008, Thompson and the line helped provide protection for 1,700-yard passer Drew Currington and backup Troy Webb. Des Green, Clairton’s field general for the 2009-10 seasons, threw for more than 3,300 yards in those two PIAA championship seasons.
Thompson is currently tied for the state record of 59 varsity starts attained by former Strath Haven fullback/linebacker Dan Connor, set from 2000-’03. In that four-year span, the Panthers went 46-3 overall, reaching three PIAA championship games and winning the 2000 AAA state title over West Allegheny.
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