Clairton edges Riverview
CLAIRTON: The Riverview Raiders could not take advantage of five Clairton turnovers, making three costly mistakes of their own in a 14-7 Class A Eastern Conference loss to the Bears on Friday night at Neil C. Brown Stadium.
The Raiders dropped to 1-2 in conference and 2-3 overall following the defensive struggle. The Raiders were looking for their second conference upset in as many weeks. But the speedy Bears did just enough to win to improve to 3-0, 5-0.
The Raiders took the opening possession and marched 72 yards on seven plays. The drive was capped by junior quarterback C.J. Peters’ 4-yard run to give Riverview early control.
Clairton could not respond right away, fumbling on the first play from scrimmage.
Riverview could not capitalize. Placekicker Sean Truby missed a 45-yard field goal with 4:33 in the first quarter.
Clairton’s first touchdown came after a blocked punt was recovered in the end zone by freshman Bradley Dawkins.
With the two-point conversion, the Bears went up 8-7.
Clairton managed to get on the board again just before the half when junior Deron Ford outran the Riverview defense for a 66-yard touchdown run giving the Bears a 14-7 lead going into halftime.
“Our kid just got caught in the middle on that long touchdown run, we were just out of position,” Raiders coach Joe Rossi said.
The Riverview defensive line, anchored by junior Matt Antonucci, forced Clairton senior quarterback Corey Jackson to throw two interceptions.
Clairton’s defense, led by outside linebackers Kevin Ford and Deron Ford, focused solely on stopping Riverview’s Andrew Ardestani. They repeatedly met the Riverview senior in the backfield. “They just brought the house and we didn’t do a good job picking it up,” Rossi said.
Ardestani finished with 86 yards on 25 carries.
Riverview’s last opportunity came early in the fourth quarter when the Raiders drove inside the Clairton 20-yard line, but Peters threw an interception at the 5 to Clairton’s Andre Carr.
Riverview plays host to Serra Catholic next Saturday at Riverside Park.