Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bears Get Back to Winning Clairton 36, Fort Cherry 28

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bears Get Back to Winning Clairton 36, Fort Cherry 28

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Over the course of a 66-game winning streak and an unprecedented four-year run of success, Clairton often knew where to turn for a big play in an equally big moment.

But with all of their stars from a year ago gone and holding onto a 10-point lead against a spirited opponent in the third quarter, the Bears needed something.

Lamont Wade, the most recent product of a long lineage of Clairton football players, was more than happy to answer the call.

Wade raced along the sideline for an 80-yard touchdown, a run that helped pad the lead and ultimately was the difference in a 36- 28 victory Friday night against host Fort Cherry in a game between the top two teams in the Class A Black Hills Conference.

In the win, Wade rushed for 121 yards on 11 carries as Clairton avoided its first multigame losing streak since 2005.

"We try to learn from every game," Clairton coach Tom Nola said. "Hopefully we can correct some of these things like we did this week. We corrected a lot from last week. We're pleased with the win."

By the end of what turned out to be a chippy and oftentimes sloppy game, the teams combined for more than 250 penalty yards and seven turnovers.

The loss overshadowed what was an excellent performance from Fort Cherry running back Koltan Kobrys. Entering the game as the WPIAL's second-leading rusher, Kobrys ran for 207 yards and figured in two touchdowns.

Through the first quarter, the game did not look that different from many of Clairton's contests from the previous four seasons. On their first possession, the Bears drove 77 yards with relative ease, with running back Clifford Raymone finishing things off with a 10- yard touchdown run.

About four minutes later, quarterback Aaron Matthews connected with JoJuan Bray, who caught the underthrown pass and raced across the middle of the field for a 53-yard touchdown that gave the Bears a 16-0 lead with 26 seconds left in the quarter. …

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