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WesternPAFootball Notebook: Clairton ties CB West’s state record winning streak, other tidbits

Written by: on Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Central Bucks West, you’ve got some company.

Clairton’s 37-7 victory over Neshannock Friday in the WPIAL Class A semifinals propelled the Bears to their 59th consecutive victory, which ties CB West’s state record for consecutive victories. CB West, a AAAA school from District 1 in Doylestown, Bucks County, established the win streak from 1997-2000, winning three consecutive PIAA titles before losing to Cathedral Prep, 41-35, in the 2000 state title game to snap the streak.

Clairton has not lost a game since September 2009, when Laurel upended the Bears, 15-8. Since then, the Bears have steamrolled the competition, winning four consecutive WPIAL A titles, four straight PIAA A semifinal games and three straight PIAA titles.

So many amazing statistics and numbers have been accumulated by Clairton during its impressive run. Clairton has averaged at least 32 points per game per season since 2006, a streak which is in its seventh year. Clairton is just 35 points shy of its fifth consecutive season of scoring 600 points or more, a streak unmatched by any program in state history regardless of class. Clairton is 135 points shy of a third straight season of 700+ points scored – and Clairton is the only PIAA program with multiple 700-point seasons in football.

The Bears, the first Allegheny County scholastic football program to reach 600 all-time victories, go for their 60th consecutive victory Friday in the WPIAL Class A championship game at Heinz Field. The Bears’ title game opponent, Sto-Rox, was humbled by Clairton, 42-6, in last year’s WPIAL final.

Clairton’s winning streak remains the longest active streak not only in the state of Pennsylvania, but also in the nation.

West Mifflin head football coach Ray Braszo won his 150th career game Friday with a 36-35 double overtime victory against Central Valley. Braszo is making his third WPIAL AAA championship game apperance with the Titans and first since 2004.

Another coaching tidbit – if West Allegheny’s Bob Palko wins Friday’s WPIAL AAA title game, it will mark his 125th victory at West Allegheny since the start of the 1999 season. Palko has won five WPIAL titles at West A. and has coached at the school since 1995, his most recent title coming in 2009.

Here’s a little more on West Mifflin – quarterback Derrick Fulmore is just 90 yards rushing shy of 1,000 for the season. If Fulmore gets that needed yardage against West Allegheny, or if the Titans win Friday and Fulmore’s senior season extends another week, West Mifflin could lay claim to the eighth 2,000/1,000 backfield rushing duo in Pennsylvania since 2003. Fulmore’s teammate and feature running back James Wheeler already has 2,144 yards rushing entering Friday’s WPIAL championship game.

Aliquippa has scored an impressive (and state-best) 624 points in 12 games, which surpasses the all-time Beaver County record for points scored by a team in a single season. The previous record, 610 points, was set by Rochester’s 1998 WPIAL and PIAA championship team, which went 15-0. The 624 points scored by Aliquippa (12-0) rank 26th all-time in state history and is the eighth-highest single season team scoring total in WPIAL lore.

Richland and Forest Hills meet Friday in Altoona at Mansion Park Stadium for the District 6 Class AA championship game. It’s a matchup of father vs. son. Don Bailey, superintendent of the Forest Hills School District, has coached the Rangers’ program since 1974 and owns a career record of 333-90-6. Brandon Bailey, a principal at Richland High School, is 68-59 and has coached the Rams’ program since 2002. Richland has never won a District 6 football championship, while Forest Hills has won nine (one in AAA, eight in AA).

The 401 combined victories make the Baileys one of the top active father-son coaching duos in terms of victories, but they’re not the all-time winningest father-son duo. That title belongs to John “Papa Bear” and Jack Henzes, who have combined for 619 victories. “Papa Bear” Henzes won 251 games in his career, and is most commonly associated with Blakely High School, where he won numerous Eastern Conference championships. Jack Henzes is the current head coach at Dunmore High School, and owns a career record of 368-153-8 entering Friday’s game against Southern Columbia.

Sto-Rox junior quarterback Lenny Williams has joined the 2,000/1,000 club of quarterbacks, becoming just the ninth PA quarterback since 1999 to pass for 2,000 or more yards and rush for 1,000 yards or more in the same season. Williams has thrown for 2,131 yards and rushed for 1,086 entering Friday’s WPIAL A championship game.

University Prep quarterback Akil Young has thrown for 813 yards and 11 touchdowns in playoff victories over Somerset and Clearfield Area, completing 54-of-84 passes over the Panthers’ last two games. Those two victories are University Prep’s first PIAA playoff victories in school history.

Warren Area senior quarterback Austin Jerman finished his career with 4,329 yards and 48 touchdowns after the Dragons were eliminated in the District 10 AAA semifinals Friday by Cathedral Prep. Jerman threw for 2,064 yards and a career-high 28 touchdown passes in his senior year.

The Dragons also finished their season with 474 points scored, which unofficially ranks among the top-35 team scoring outputs in District 10 and among the top 417 team single-season scoring outputs in state history. The state and District 10 distinctions are based upon a team season scoring total of a minimum of 450 points, regardless of total number of games played.

Port Allegany’s Matt Bodamer has generated a lot of mentions in this notebook, and he became the first Pennsylvania quarterback to 10,000 career passing yards Friday night in a 48-7 rout of Elk County Catholic. Bodamer also became just the third quarterback in state history to post consecutive 3,000-yard passing seasons. Derek Buganza and Brendan Nosovitch are the others.

Clarion Area, Port Allegany’s counterpart in the District 9 Class A championship game this coming weekend, is 11 points shy of tying the program’s single season team scoring record. In 2000, Clarion posted its lone 500-point season, scoring an impressive 508 points in 11 games. Through 12 games in 2012, the Bobcats have scored 497 points.

Berlin-Brothersvalley, a Class A school in District 5, won its 10th game of the season Friday night in a District 5 semifinal game against Windber, 40-20. It marks the Mountaineers’ first 10-win season under head coach Doug Paul since 2004, when Berlin went 11-1 overall and won the District 5 A title. Berlin, which faces North Star this weekend, has won 27 of its last 32 games, and Paul is 63-48 overall as the Mountaineers’ head coach.

If Karns City defeats Chestnut Ridge in a PIAA Class AA preliminary game this weekend, it will mark head coach Ed Conto’s 150th victory in his coaching career. Karns City won its ninth District 9 Class AA championship last weekend, and first since a three-peat from 2007-’09.

Chestnut Ridge, meanwhile, needs just 67 yards rushing from Jacob Mock to boast the program’s second 1,000-yard rushing pair in the last three years. The Lions also accomplished the feat in 2010.

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