Clairton Celebrates Bears’ Comeback Win

CLAIRTON (KDKA/AP) – Just call them the comeback kids, the Clairton Bears battled back from a huge deficit Friday for a second straight PIAA Class A title.

It was one for the ages as Clairton came into the game as the top defensive team in Single-A football in the entire state.

They posted 10 shutouts and allowed just 34 points total all year. In this game though, shockingly, they gave up 24 in the first quarter alone, but they staged one the biggest rallies in history.

Now, there is a lot of celebrating going on in Clairton as the spotlight shines on their town. At the bar just down the road from the football stadium, everybody seemed to be talking about the win.

“I’m so glad that Clairton won and I have nothing by Bear pride,” said Hezekiah Bristow, a Clairton resident.

“It means a lot to Clairton; we’re a football city and we appreciate what they’re doing for us,” added Michael Lewandowski, another Clairton resident.

The Bears (16-0) have now won 31 games in a row. They overcame a 24-0 deficit Friday with five straight touchdowns to defeat Riverside 36-30 at chilly Hersheypark Stadium.

Quarterback Desimon Green ran for a score and threw two touchdown passes to Tyler Boyd – the second early in the third quarter to give Clairton its first lead at 28-24. The defense clamped down on what had been an explosive Riverside offense.

A title repeat looked bleak early with Green struggling and the Vikings (14-2) relying on big plays.

Corey Talerico threw for touchdowns of 60 and 23 yards. Riverside converted three 2-point conversions to go up 24 at 10 minutes of the second quarter.

Talerico threw another touchdown pass late in the fourth to get within six after Clariton’s rally, but the Bears held on.

The residents of Clairton were set to welcome home their champions late Friday and say the hard-working Bears deserve their second championship in a row.

“It would be terrible for them to win all season long and not win today, so they deserved it,” said Mimi Demeo, a Clairton resident.

  • Small town girl

    Wow, that was a really ignorant hateful comment. How small of you. Shame on you.

  • johnnykov

    Great team, but RUDE DISGUSTING UGLY FANS. Dop F bombs at the kids and fans of other team. Leading by ghetto example, teaching their kids the thug ghetto way. To bad the kids will grow up and be like them no respect at allj..

  • Clairtonfan

    You must not have been to any games. The fans have greeted the opposing teams with respect and congratulated them on a good a game. The Springdale game comes to mind. Great season BEARS. Next year will be a threepeat.

    • johnnykov

      That WAS the Springdale game. Totally rude,F bombs acting like we disrespected them and meanwhile we all knew that they would bat us. Screaming “There you go that’s what you F’n get”. Obviously still mad that we won in 2007 when Manny and another of the Clairton stars were out

  • SJ

    JohnnyKov, why are you bringing up old news? By the way howmany PIAA titles do your team have? I thought so

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