Lights Out: The night that was in Friday Night Football, 9/20/13

Written by Nick Veronica on .

[Full Friday night scoreboard + Updated WPIAL standings]

The streak is over. And it ended right where it started.

The Clairton Bears' nation-best 66-game win streak was ended Friday with a 42-24 home loss to Monessen, 1,471 days after it began with a 46-0 home win against โ€“ you guessed it โ€“ Monessen.

The streak started on Sept. 11, 2009, the week after a 15-8 loss at Laurel. It ended tied for the nation's 10th-longest winning streak ever and included four PIAA Class A championships.

Monessen senior running back Clintell Gillaspie scored four touchdowns. 

"Bear down!" Gillaspie tweeted after the game, a line echoed by teammates in an Instagram video posted by Monessen quarterback Noah Rullo.

Clairton hadn't given up 42 points in a game since the 2003 WPIAL semifinals, in a 42-20 loss to Sto-Rox. Clairton's last home loss was Oct. 21, 2005 against Apollo-Ridge.

Other Friday night storylines

  • Class AAAA No. 1 Upper St. Clair beat Penn Hills 35-0 for its third consecutive shutout. USC totaled 315 rushing yards while holding Penn Hills to 41. Check out @CriagMeyerPG's Twitter feed for more on that game.
  • New Brighton, which entered Week Four averaging the most points in the WPIAL (158 total, 52.66 average), was shut out by Aliquippa, 43-0. Read Mike White's live blog for more on that game.
  • Washington, in its first full game without running back Shai McKenzie, beat Yough 35-13.
  • Steel Valley, playing without running back D'Andre Pickens, lost to Seton-La Salle 28-7.
  • Central Catholic, which had only three allowed three points in its first three games, beat Fox Chapel 49-10.
  • In a meeting of unbeaten Class A teams, Avonworth crushed upstart West Shamokin, 48-0.
  • Beaver Falls held off a charge from Beaver Area, winning 30-24.

Odds & ends

  • High scores: Beth-Center beat Bentworth 80-0; South Fayette beat Burggettstown 74-7.
  • Shutouts: 17.
  • OT games: Avella 27, Jefferson-Morgan 26. Baldwin 20, Mt. Lebanon 19.

Rankings report

How teams new to the Post-Gazette rankings fared

  • Seneca Valley (AAAA) beat Connellsville 36-0.
  • Highlands (AAA) lost at home to Mars 39-0. Read Brad Everett (@BREAL412)'s Twitter feed for more on that game.
  • Shady Side Academy (AA) beat Burrell 49-14.
  • Fort Cherry (A) beat Brentwood 35-14.
  • Allderdice (City) beat Westinghouse 39-18.

How teams that fell out of rankings responded

  • North Allegheny (AAAA) beat Pine-Richland 29-28. Pine-Richland's last-second field goal fell short.
  • Franklin Regional (AAA) beat Greensburg Salem 42-20.
  • Steel Valley (AA) lost at Seton-La Salle 28-7.
  • Monessen (A) beat at No. 1 Clairton 42-24.
  • Perry (City) beat Carrick 23-6.

Full results of ranked teams

Class AAAA (records entering Week Four)

No. 1 Upper St. Clair (3-0) beat Penn Hills 35-0.
No. 2 Central Catholic (3-0) beat Fox Chapel 49-10.
No. 3 Gateway (3-0) beat Altoona 21-0.
No. 4 McKeesport (3-0) beat Penn-Trafford 34-14.
No. 5 Seneca Valley (3-0) beat Connellsville 36-0.

Class AAA

No. 1 Thomas Jefferson (3-0) beat Trinity 44-7.
No. 2 West Allegheny (3-0) beat Hopewell 55-0.
No. 3 Central Valley (3-0) beat Blackhawk 41-0.
No. 4 West Mifflin (3-0) beat Albert Gallatin 56-12.
No. 5 Highlands (3-0) lost at home to Mars 39-0.

Class AA

No. 1 Aliquippa (3-0) beat New Brighton 43-0.
No. 2 Beaver Falls (3-0) beat Beaver Area 30-24.
No. 3 Washington (3-0) beat Yough 35-13.
No. 4 South Fayette (3-0) beat Burggettstown 74-7.
No. 5 Shady Side Academy (3-0) beat Burrell 49-14.

Class A

No. 1 Clairton (2-0) lost at home to Monessen 42-24.
No. 2 Sto-Rox (3-0) beat Our Lady of Sacred Heart 54-3.
No. 3 North Catholic (3-0) beat Riverview 56-7.
No. 4 Neshannock (2-1) beat Shenango 35-14.
No. 5 Fort Cherry (3-0) beat Brentwood 35-14.

City League

No. 1 University Prep (3-0) beat No. 2 Brashear 51-6 (Thursday).
No. 2 Brashear (1-2) lost to No.1 University Prep 51-6 (Thursday).
No. 3 Allderdice beat Westinghouse 39-18.

Saturday games

Class A

  • Union at Western Beaver, 12:30 p.m.
  • Northgate at Wilkinsburg, 1 p.m.
  • Mapletown at Geibel Catholic, 1 p.m.
  • Kiski School at Baltimore Boys Latin (Md.), 1 p.m.


New Castle 32, Montour 13

Aliquippa 43, New Brighton 0

Upper St. Clair 35, Penn Hills 0

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