Clairton Gets Steamrolled

Jordan Smith

In our preview of the PIAA Class A Championship game we mentioned a handful of returning veterans for the Steamrollers and everyone of them played a huge roll in a Steelton-Highspire victory. Clairton kept it close for one half, but that just seemed to inspire the defending champions who rallied for a 35-16 win.

Clairton forged an 8-8 tie entering the half, but that was the last time his game would be close. The Bears came out trying to show why they won the WPIAL Championship as they used the ground game and junior Deontae Howard, senior quarterback Troy Webb and junior fullback Eddie Ball to chew up yardage and the clock. Webb started the scoring with a one-yard plunge. Junior standout Kevin Weatherspoon caught the two-point conversion and the Bears led 8-0. That last all of about ten seconds as senior standout Jordan Smith returned the ensuing kickoff 92-yards to paydirt. Quarterback Andre Campbell added the two-point conversion and the score was tied 8-8 entering halftime. Clairton held a total yard advantage of (179-73) in the first half.

Then the wheels fell off for Clairton (15-1) as Steamrollers held the high powered Clairton offense to 16 yards of offense in the third quarter. The Andre Campbell show then began as he threw for 129 yards and a touchdown. He also added three rushing scores. His lone touchdown pass was a 59-yard strike down the sideline to Jordan Smith who beat Weatherspoon on the play.

The Bears were geared towards stopping record breaking running back Jeremiah Young and they did hold him well below his usual numbers as he averaged less than five yards per carry. He managed 81 yards on 14 carries pushing his career mark to 9,027 yards. The Steamrollers defense tallied six sacks on the day as the Bears had no answer for the Steel-High athleticism on defense led by D-I recruit Jordan Hill.

The future is bright for the Bears as junior running backs Howard ran for 104 yards and Ball managed 74 on five carries. Sophomore defensive end Desimon Green spent most of the day in the Steel-High backfield and showed that he could be a star in the future. The Steamrollers finished the season with a (16-0) record.

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