PITTSBURGH — Clairton defeated Sto-Rox 41-19 in the WPIAL Class 1A Championship Saturday at Heinz Field to win the program’s 14th WPIAL Championship and the 10th in the past 14 seasons.
Clairton’s defense, which pitched shutouts in the first two rounds of the playoffs against OLSH and Cornell, held one of the WPIAL’s all-time great passers to 266 yards and forced three interceptions.
Sto-Rox senior Eric Wilson, who entered the game with 7,000-plus passing yards, completed 12-41 passes for 266 yards and three touchdowns.
The win was the third over Sto-Rox in the WPIAL Championships after the Bears defeated the Vikings at Heinz Field in 2011 and 2012.
Clairton took their opening possession 70 yards in nine plays and for a 23-yard pass from senior quarterback Brendan Parsons to Kenlein Ogletree for 22 yards.
The first quarter was marred by penalties and sloppy play, but the Bears carried a 7-0 lead into the second 12 minutes.
Clairton looked like Clairton in the second quarter, scoring 21 points including a 69-yard interception return by Dontae Sanders. Parsons found Ogletree again for an impressive catch in the end zone for 17 yards and on the next play Sanders picked off Wilson, upping the score to 21-0.
Sto-Rox got on the board midway through the quarter when Wilson found Jaidon Berry for 21 yards, but the Vikings normally lethal passing attack was never able to get in synch against a great Clairton defense.
Sanders capped the first half with a 35-yard touchdown run on fourth down, upping the lead to 28-7.
The teams exchanged touchdowns in the third quarter, Wilson connected with leading receiver Ahmad Pack for 70 yards and the Bears answered on the next possession when Parsons found Wayne Wade III for 42 yards down the seam on a blown assignment for the Vikings.
Clairton led 35-13 heading into the fourth quarter, and the Bears weren’t done yet.
Parsons found Ogletree for a 69-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter on an impressive catch and run, and the Bears offense was in complete control.
Pack found the end zone a second time late in the fourth quarter for Wilson’s third and final high school touchdown, and the game’s final score.
Pack caught six passes for 152 yards and two scores while all three of Ogletress catches were for touchdowns for Clairton.
Dontae Sanders, Jonte Sanders and Isaiah Berry recorded the interceptions for Clairton.