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While playing the 1,000th football game in their history, the Clairton (Pa.) Bears mowed down another unbeaten team on Friday night with a 44-12 victory over Port Allegany (13-1) during the Class A state semifinals. They extended their winning streak to a national-best 62 games and will meet Dunmore for the state title next Friday night.

File photo by Ken Inness

Armani Ford

The 15-0 Bears, who have a 612-347-41 record in their history, had to go to the air when star running back Tyler Boyd was stopped cold in the first quarter and sustained a knot on his knee. Boyd finished with 16 carries for 92 yards and two touchdowns, even though playing sparingly on offense during the second half. He also threw a two-yard touchdown pass.

No problem, because the Bears have plenty of other weapons and senior quarterback Armani Ford took over by passing for 192 yards (8 for 12), including a 61-yard scoring strike to Terrish Webb. Webb finished with five catches for 131 yards and two touchdowns.

Clairton coach Tom Nola told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, "The senior class is special, because they've been through this four years in a row. They lost their very first game and they've won 62 (in a row) after that first loss. This is a good senior class, the best we ever had."

Despite the loss, Port Allegany senior quarterback Matt Bodamer finished a superb, record-breaking year, which included being named Pennsylvania's Gatorade Player of the Year. Against Clairton he completed 12 of 24 passes for 192 yards. His state records included single-season standards of 3,950 passing yards and 52 touchdown passes (tie) along with 10,947 career passing yards and 137 career touchdown passes.