Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Clairton Bears Tough Loss in Title Game

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Clairton Bears Tough Loss in Title Game

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When the Clairton football team held its annual postseason banquet Sunday, coach Tom Nola took the podium to announce a number of awards.

Always a bittersweet occasion, this season's banquet came one day after the Bears' heartbreaking, 15-14, loss to Rochester in the WPIAL Class A championship game at Heinz Field, Clairton's first title-game appearance since 1992.

When he got to the all-section honorees, Nola had to fight back tears when he spoke of quarterback Andre Carr.

"Coaches might not say it," said Nola. "But you get more emotional with some players than others. He's one of the ones special for me."

Carr is just one part of what Nola calls a special senior class that has played its last game, 11 players who were essentially part of Nola's initial team when he took over three years ago.

One that he will always feel a bond with, particularly with Carr, who also plays under Nola for the Bears' baseball team.

"He just plays the game," Nola said. "He doesn't have the size some guys do, but he plays hard and plays with great passion.

"He said he would never miss a player like [he will miss] me," said Carr, who threw for 560 yards and rushed for 1,085 this season. "It made me feel real good, like it was all worth it, the way coach is really going to miss me."

Carr, his brother Andrew, a tight end, and running back Dana Brown were the heart and soul of a class that improved each season and, but for a disputed first-half safety call in the Rochester game, might have been WPIAL champions.

Seven seniors started on both sides of the ball for the Bears (11- 2). Carr said the group had grown up together through the Clairton midget, junior high and junior varsity ranks, winning championships along the way, but never winning the title that was most prestigious of all at the varsity level.

"We're real happy with the way the season worked out," said Nola, whose team defeated Rochester, 21-19, during the second week of the season.

"[Saturday] was disappointing -- and it still is -- because we thought we were good enough to win the game. …

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