After his team's 28-21 victory over Sharpsville last week, Port Allegany coach Mike Bodamer told reporters that his team's game the following week against Clairton would be a David-and-Goliath type matchup, with his team "definitely" representing David.
It's a Biblical comparison that's common in sports, one meant to give hope and inspiration to an opponent that's seemingly both outmatched and overwhelmed. But more often than not, Goliath is Goliath for a reason -- be it pure strength, speed, talent or any other intangible of the game.
And on a wet Friday night with a blanket of fog looming over the field, Clairton again proved why, for the greater part of the last four years, there has been no other Goliath quite like it.
Running back Tyler Boyd accounted for 104 yards and three touchdowns as Clairton defeated Port Allegany 44-12 in the PIAA Class A semifinals at Deer Lakes, with the win getting the Bears 48 minutes away from their 63rd consecutive win and fourth-straight state title.
Leading 16-6 after a first half in which their offense largely struggled, the Bears (15-0) pulled away in the third quarter, scoring 15 unanswered points that turned what was a closely-contested game into one of the team's customary routs.
Quarterback Armani Ford threw for 195 yards and a touchdown, and wide receiver Terrish Webb caught five passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns in a victorious effort.
Clairton limited the Gators (13-1) and quarterback Matt Bodamer, who threw for 51 touchdowns and nearly 4,000 yards this season, to a season-low in points scored.
Craig Meyer: email@example.com, Twitter: @craig_a_meyer First Published December 8, 2012 1:15 AM