PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — One of the greatest high school football teams in state history took to the home turf one more time Thursday.
The Clairton Bears had a run through before heading to Hershey, Pa. and a possible fourth-straight state title.
The remarkable team has won a record 62 games in a row.
But senior Titus Howard has seen defeat.
“My first game in my high school career,” Howard said.
When asked by KDKA’s Ross Guidotti if he’s lost since then, he replied: “No sir.”
Howard, a super star senior, is out for what will be his last high school game.
“I ended up getting injured two games before,” Howard said.
Howard and the other seniors are at the nucleus of a football power house from a town that’s seen trouble.
Yet these young men stay on the straight and narrow.
It all starts on the grass of Neil C. Brown Stadium.
“They do have good character, they have good grades in school, good citizens,” head coach Tom Nola said. “Some of them don’t have, they just have aunts and grandmas and guardians. They know right from wrong.”
And they have each other.
“That’s the type team of brothers who like paying around a lot,” Howard said.
“I know you never met a person with 45 teeth,” he said, making fun of his teammate. “He got a hell of a smile I know, (laughing) he got a hell of a smile.”
Coach Nola and his young men will head to Hershey for a fourth state championship ring.
The bus is loaded and ready to go and Howard isn’t in to predictions, he makes promises.
“We’re gonna win the game,” he said.