Clairton (Pa.)Don't expect any bullying charges against a Pennsylvania area football coach after his
team won 86-0 on Friday.
That's because the opposing coach — Wilkinsburg's
Mike Fulmore — told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"We've just got to play better as a team."
Clairton led 72-0 at halftime and first-year head coach Wayne Wade said none of his skill players took the field the second half. The last two TDs of the first half were on interception returns and both coaches and officials started a running clock in the second quarter. The state's mercy rule normally starts the running clock in the second half of a 35-point margin.
All of it couldn't prevent Clairton from scoring the most points in a Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League game since at least 1952, according to Post-Gazette reporter Mike White.
"We have skill-position guys who are juniors and sophomores, and there are seniors behind them," Wade said. "Those seniors still want to play. What do we say, that those seniors should sit? We only have 27 or 28 kids. I don't think we threw a pass the second half.
"We're not trying to demean anyone or set any kind of records. There are people who want to bash us and say we're classless. But if they're football people, then they need to just come watch the game and they'll know. If they're not football people, then they're just not going to understand."
Fulmore understood. His team has only 18 players.
"We look for accountability," he told White. "That wasn't [Wade's] problem. That was our problem. He can't stop playing. It's up to us to put forth some effort. To be frank, after the second touchdown, our guys kind of gave up."
Last season, Texas 4A-2 state champion Aledo (Texas)
set a national record for points in a season with 1,023, which included a 91-0 win over Western Hills (Fort Worth).
Aledo's head coach Tim Buchanan was among the targets of a bullying complaint the following day. Buchanan met all the charges head-on and facts came out that many starters played as few as 16 snaps and all his backups were in by the middle of the third quarter. Buchanan won multiple Coach of the Year awards last season.
"How the whole thing came out surprised me more than anything in 31 years as a high school coach," Buchanan told MaxPreps last season
Buchanan resigned in August to concentrate on his full-time duties as athletic director at the school. That decision had nothing to do with the aftermath of the blowout win, he said.