WPIAL Class A Roundup: Clairton crushes Ft. Cherry, 52-35

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The five-time reigning WPIAL champion Clairton Bears (10-1) reached the playoff semifinals for the seventh consecutive season by downing Fort Cherry, 52-35, Friday night in the quarterfinals at Elizabeth Forward.

Clairton, the No. 4 seed, has won 22 WPIAL playoff games in a row, a streak that began in 2008. The Bears have reached the semifinals 10 times in the past 11 seasons.

The Rangers lost for the second time in their 12-game season, and both came at the hands of Clairton. Fort Cherry lost to the Bears, 36-28, in a Black Hills Conference game Sept. 27.

Clairton led, 30-29, at halftime and pulled away by scoring 22 consecutive second-half points thanks to a 51-yard touchdown run by Harrison Dreher, a 39-yard run by Aaron Mathews and a 33-yard pass from Ryan Williams to James Hines.

Dreher led Clairton with three touchdowns. Koltan Kobrys scored three touchdowns for the Rangers.


• Neshannock 35, Monessen 6

No. 6 seed Neshannock (9-2) scored a surprisingly easy victory, upsetting No. 3 Monessen (10-2) at Chartiers-Houston.

The Lancers led, 28-0, at halftime. Quarterback Ernie Burkes scored first-quarter touchdowns on runs of 19 and 23 yards. Burkes threw two touchdown passes in the second quarter, covering 50 yards to Steven Jefferies and 21 yards to Jimmy Medure.

Eli Owens boosted the lead to 35-0 in the third on a 5-yard touchdown run.

Monessen got a fourth-quarter touchdown from Clintell Gillaspie, the second-leading rusher in the WPIAL.

Gillaspie was held to 33 yards rushing after gaining 274 yards on the ground in a first-round playoff victory last week against West Shamokin.

Neshannock outgained the Greyhounds, 366 yards to 143, including a 282-112 edge in rushing.

• Sto-Rox 42, Apollo-Ridge 20

In a battle of Vikings, No. 1 Sto-Rox (11-0) remained unbeaten with a win against Apollo-Ridge (8-3) at Deer Lakes.

Lenny Williams led Sto-Rox to the win, throwing for 301 yards and three touchdowns. He also scored two touchdowns on runs of 4 and 14 yards.

Mallory Claybourne caught two of the touchdown passes on plays covering 48 and 27 yards.

Sto-Rox led, 34-14, at halftime. Tre Tipton led Apollo-Ridge, scoring on touchdown passes of 17 and 11 yards from Jesse Zelonka.

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