Team # 1 Clairton (7) 0-0
Written by: Josh Funk on Friday, September 2nd, 2011
The Bears have been flat-out dominant. Four WPIAL A championships in the last five years. Three consecutive PIAA A championship game appearances and two straight PIAA titles. Three straight years of finishing a season with 600+ points scored, including a school record 746 last season (the fourth-highest team point total in state history). To boot, Clairton is 94-15 overall (.862) since the start of the 2003 season. To be perfectly honest, Clairton is running out of things to do for encores from the season before.
The Bears enter the 2011 season on a 31-game winning streak – currently the longest active streak in Pennsylvania – and have several pieces returning from last year’s PIAA title team, which won in thrilling fashion over Taylor-Riverside, 36-30.
It starts up front with seniors Carvan Thompson and Erik Walker. It should be noted Thompson has already made 48 varsity starts on the offensive line, and, barring injury, if Clairton reaches the PIAA finals for a fourth straight year, the senior will have made an impressive 64 varsity starts. Quarterback Capri Thompson returns for his senior season after backing up 1,700-yard passer Desimon Green. Receivers Trenton Coles (19 rec., 363 yds, 7 TD), a Pitt recruit, and Tyler Boyd (100+ receiving yds, 2 TD in 2010 PIAA finals) provide two quality targets, and Boyd also ran for more than 550 yards and scored 14 total touchdowns through Clairton’s first 13 games. Titus Howard will also figure to be an important player for the Bears. About the only negative for Clairton was the loss of junior running back Karvonn “Mud Puppy” Coles to a torn ACL over the summer. Karvonn Coles ran for more than 580 yards through the Bears’ first 13 games and figured to be an integral part of Clairton’s rushing attack in 2011.
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