Class A roundup: Clairton barely extends win streak to 48
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Clairton escaped Chartiers-Houston with its WPIAL-record winning streak intact -- barely.
The Bears recovered a late onside kick and converted a first down to run out the clock and hold off the Buccaneers, 22-20, in an opening-night thriller in the Black Hills Conference for their 48th consecutive victory.
Clairton has not lost a game since a stunning season-opening defeat to Laurel in 2009. Friday night nearly provided another opening-night shocker.
Chartiers-Houston had never scored a touchdown against Clairton since the Bears joined the Black Hills in 2008, but on Friday night Kaleb Susko connected on touchdown passes of 43 and 74 yards as Chartiers-Houston pulled to within two points of Clairton with just over two minutes remaining. Bryon Cliffard and Armani Ford each tossed touchdown passes for Clairton, which rotated quarterbacks throughout the game.
Monessen's Chavas Rawlins rushed for three scores and passed for two more in a Black Hills Conference win against visiting California.
Dante Marsick scored on runs of 34 and 74 yards to lead No. 2 Rochester to a non-conference win at Avonworth.
A year after going winless, host Avella opened with a blowout win against first-year program Vincentian in a non-conference game.
Northgate shutout visiting Riverview in the Eastern Conference.
Laurel shutout host South Side Beaver in the Big Seven Conference.
P.J. Fulmore carried the ball 32 times for 265 yards and four scores to carry the Trojans past Apollo-Ridge in the Eastern Conference.
Kyle Rogers and Sean Dugan each scored three touchdowns to lift the Dynamos past host West Shamokin in the Eastern Conference.
Cody Durant scored on runs of 34 and 37 yards and returned a punt 36 yards for another touchdown to lead Beth-Center to a shutout win at Mapletown in the Tri-County South.
Union overcame an early 6-0 deficit to defeat visiting Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in the Big Seven Conference.
Justin Vickless rushed for 110 yards and four first-half touchdowns as No. 4 Brentwood shutout host Serra in a Black Hills game.
Cale Miller rushed for a score and Dalton Wildman rushed in the 2-point conversion in the first overtime to lift West Greene to a Tri-County South win against visiting Bentworth.
Koltan Kolbrys rushed for 250 yards as Fort Cherry broke a 21-21 halftime tie against visiting Carlynton in the Black Hills.
Host Leechburg overcame a 6-0 first-quarter deficit to defeat Wilkinsburg in the Eastern Conference.
Jim Tersak rushed for three scores to help No. 5 Bishop Canevin defeat first-year program Imani Christian in the Black Hills Conference at Dormont Stadium.
Carmichaels slipped past the host Rockets in the Tri-County South Conference.
First Published September 1, 2012 1:00 am