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US Steel Game of the Week: Jeannette at Clairton

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Some teams don’t rebuild, they reload. Clairton is one of those teams.

The Bears are once again undefeated this season, something they grew accustomed to during a prolific 66-game win streak that came to an end last season.

The Bears enter this Friday’s contest against a Jeanette Jayhawks team that is also undefeated, with both teams boasting a 5-0 record.

Clairton head coach Wayne Wade is pleased with his team’s execution so far this season.

“We’re putting up some great numbers, sharing the ball and utilizing all of our players,” said Wade in something of an understatement. “We’re looking to execute every time we touch the ball, we’re looking to score.”

And score they have. Clairton has outscored opponents by a whopping 372-13. Quarterback Ryan Williams who, through the first five games of the season has thrown for 1,060 yards and 16 touchdowns, spearheads their fast paced, high scoring offense. Four of those touchdowns came in last Fridays 72-0 dismantling of the Riverview Raiders at Neil C. Brown stadium.

Wideout James Hines was on the receiving end of two of Williams’ touchdown passes, while receiver Aaron Matthews added another score. Matthews will be a player to watch not only in this week’s game, but also all season long. The 6-5 Matthews has the potential to be a top prospect in the coming years, as he is only a sophomore. 

Bears running back Lamont Wade contributed 11 carries for 167 yards, also scoring two touchdowns last Friday.

Clairton’s defense did its part, contributing an interception returned for a touchdown in the win.

The Bears did lose something last Friday; two players were ejected, meaning they are suspended for this week’s game. On top of that five players were lost to injury during the game. 

The losses won’t change the Bears’ game-plan much, according to Wade.

“We’re still preparing like we do each week,” he said. “Jeanette does bring something different to the table, but it’s next guy up for us.”

The Jayhawks do indeed bring something different: a comparable record. They will certainly be Clairton’s biggest challenge this season, and barring any monumental collapse, this game will decide the victor of the Black Hills Conference.

Jeanette’s offensive numbers are not as striking as Clairton’s but are impressive nonetheless. The Jayhawk offense has put up a solid 243 points combined this season.

A week ago, in a 41-7 win over Springdale, the Jayhawks posted 327 yards on the ground. Quarterback Julian Batts ran for 101 yards and completed five passes for 85 yards and two touchdowns in win.

Batts wasn’t the only one to contribute through the air, as running back Gio Vonne Sanders used his arm to find receiver Seth Spino for a 70-yard touchdown pass.

Jeanette’s formidable ground game is spread out among a group of running backs but, as Wade said, “Some of their ground game is from the quarterback scrambling and extending the play.”

“One of the keys to the game will be containing the QB,” Wade continued.

Clairton will have to do just that if they want to win, not only the game, but also take the conference.

“It is a big game,” Wade said. “It is definitely the game for the conference.”Raymone Clifford and Aaron Mathews display US Steel's donation to Clairton High School's athletic department

The Bears and the Jayhawks will meet at 7:30 PM at Clairton’s Neil C. Brown Stadium.

Aug. 29 McKeesport 37 - Connellsville 6
Sept. 5 McGuffey 45 - Charleroi 0
Sept. 12 Ringgold 20 - Knoch 13
Sept. 19 Hollidaysburg 7 - Belle Vernon 0
Sept. 26 Elizabeth Forward 42 - Uniontown 6
Oct. 3 Jeannette at Clairton
Oct. 10 Uniontown at Thomas Jefferson
Oct. 17 Clairton at Monessen
Oct. 24 Penn Hills at Woodland Hills

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