Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Clairton's Boyd Hits Milestone

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Clairton's Boyd Hits Milestone

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When a team has won more than 50 consecutive games, even important events such as milestone accomplishments can seem almost routine.

Virtually lost in Class A No. 1 Clairton's wins over the last couple of weeks, taking it to 54 consecutive victories, was a career benchmark for senior running back Tyler Boyd -- not for his single- game performances, which have been highlighted by six games with 100 yards rushing or more, but because Boyd surpassed 4,000 career rushing yards.

Boyd's personal accomplishment coincides with a time of unprecedented success for the Clairton program. As part of their behemoth of a win streak, the Bears have won three consecutive WPIAL Class A titles and three PIAA championships in a row. Actually, the Bears have won four WPIAL titles in a row, but the first of those came before the winning streak started.

Undoubtedly, Boyd has played a large role in his team's unprecedented run. He arrived at Clairton as a freshman in 2009 , with his first game actually resulting in a loss, a 15-8 defeat to Laurel -- the last time the Bears lost.

After gaining about 360 yards in his first season of WPIAL football, Boyd almost doubled his output as a sophomore, totaling 688 rushing yards by the end of the season.

Boyd's true breakout campaign, however, would not come until the next season when, as a junior, he became a star, leading Clairton with 2,037 rushing yards and more than 2,300 yards of total offense.

"He's probably been the best player we've had here at Clairton since I've been there -- since 1994 -- and he's one of the best ever," Clairton coach Tom Nola said. "He just makes things happen."

This season, he has picked up right where he left off a year ago. Through Clairton's first seven games, a span that has seen it outscore opponents by a combined 338-62 margin, Boyd has rushed for 1,128 yards on 90 carries (a 12.53 yards per carry average that is the best among the top 10 rushers in the WPIAL) and scored 23 touchdowns.

While Boyd's accomplishment -- one that Nola said his star "didn't think too much of" -- still stands as an impressive feat, he is actually the second Clairton rusher to top the 4,000-yard plateau in the past several years. …

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