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Clairton ties Pennsylvania record with 59th-straight win

Bears own nation's longest HS football streak

10:23 PM, Nov. 16, 2012 EST

HOUSTON, Pa. – The Clairton (Pa.) Bears, holder of the nation’s longest high school football winning streak, won a state record-tying 59th consecutive game Friday night by defeating Neshannock (New Castle, Pa.) 37-7.

Quarterback Armani Ford threw four touchdown passes as the top-seeded Bears (11-0) handily won a Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League semifinal game. Bears star tailback Tyler Boyd scored one touchdown and rushed for 127 yards on 19 carries. Teammate Byron Clifford rushed six times for 131 yards.

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“It feels great,’’ said Bears coach Tom Nola, whose team tied Central Bucks West for the record.

Clairton will play the winner Sto-Rox on Friday in the WPIAL Class A Championship at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. The Bears have won three PIAA Class A championships in a row and four consecutive WPIAL titles.

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Boyd, a highly sought-after Division I recruit, needed treatment on his back at halftime after it stiffened. He played sparingly in the second half.

Boyd has scored 107 touchdowns during his career. The WPIAL record is 111 set by Hopewell’s Rushel Shell. The state record is 114 established by Steelton-Highspire’s Jeremiah Young from 2005-08.

Notre Dame, Michigan State, Penn State, Pittsburgh and West Virginia are among nearly two dozen schools who have recruited Boyd.



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