CLAIRTON, Pa. — One play, one fumble, one sign of things to come.
Imani Christian fumbled on their first offensive play against Clairton, and the Bears defense used big plays throughout the night to stifle the Saints on their way to a 45-18 victory.
Clairton (6-0, 4-0 in Eastern Conference 1A) scored five plays later when Dom Solomon scored on a five-yard run, and it only got worse.
Despite allowing a season high in points against, the Bears forced three interceptions, recovered two fumbles and wracked up six sacks in the win.
Imani (5-2, 3-1 in Eastern Conference 1A) quarterback Israel Reed entered the game as, statistically, one of the better quarterbacks in the WPIAL, but the senior was under pressure all night.
Reed finished the night 9 of 21 for 188 yards and two scores, one to Rahmon Hart and one to Dashaun Wright.
Kenlein Ogletree grabbed all three interceptions from his safety position.
Clairton quarterback Brendan Parsons had another efficient night completing 11-22 passes for 238 yards and four scores while the Bears also rushed for three touchdowns.
Parsons threw touchdown passes to Ogletree, Dontae Sanders and Taevon Thompson.
Parsons ran for two touchdowns in the win.