CLAIRTON (KDKA) – The Clairton Bears have done it again.
The Bears won the Single-A state football championship in Hershey over Dunmore 20-0.
It’s their fourth state championship in a row and they have extended their winning streak to 63 games.
It’s the longest current winning streak in all of high school football, in the entire country.
A parade and celebration was held Friday night to mark the win.
Police estimated that more than 1,000 people jammed both sides of Miller Avenue as the Bears returned to town.
The team bus was accompanied by fire trucks, police cars and the school band.
“It means more than anyone can imagine because of where this city has been and where it is going,” longtime resident Crawford James said.
Clairton resident, Ed Catan said he was so inspired by the team’s 63rd consecutive win and the title they won today that he has sent a letter to President Barack Obama about how much the team has pulled the city together.
Those who couldn’t follow the team to Hershey celebrated in their own way.
It had the look and feel of a Steelers game with Super Bowl emotions at the Italian American Club.
From the opening touchdown, the crowd was not disappointed.
“This is just history being made,” Sonny Unrath said.
Indeed it was. Clairton’s history includes turning coal into steel for decades. In the words of a recent CBS report on the town, they’ve done it again in the form of young men.
“How many teams do you know win four state championships and win 63 games in a row? Now many. It’s a great football team,” Mike Romano said.
Upon their return, quarterback Armani Ford said the team was excited to see the fans and the Bears won the game for them.
Senior standout Tyler Boyde said the victory feels great and it’s like a dream come true.