Mike White | 8:15 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 29
WPIAL Class A champion Clairton is one win away from playing for the PIAA title. If the Bears make it, they will be facing a record-breaking running back.
Clairton plays Farrell in one semifinal next weekend. In the other semifinal in Eastern Pennsylvania, Steelton-Highspire meets Schuylkill Haven. Both have runners who broke state records this season.
Steelton-Highspire, the defending PIAA champion, features Jeremiah Young, who set Pennsylvania's career rushing record a week ago. He added 352 yards in Friday's 27-9 victory against Bishop McCort and now has 8,858 yards.
Schuylkill Haven beat Riverside (Taylor), 43-38, Friday and Zach Barket set a record for single-season rushing yards. He had 244, which gives him 4,057 for the season. It's a big deal around here when a runner gets 4,000 in his career. Barket got it in one season. He also has the state record for touchdowns in a season with 64.
But Clairton must get by Farrell to meet one of these teams.