WPIAL Class A semifinal capsule: Clairton vs. Neshannock |

WPIAL Class A semifinal capsule: Clairton vs. Neshannock

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Clairton's Lamont Wade (38) runs for a touchdown while pursued by Monessen's Demond Jordan on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, at Monessen.
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Clairton quarterback Ryan Williams surveys the field against Greensburg Central Catholic on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014.


NO. 2 CLAIRTON (11-0)vs. No. 3 NESHANNOCK (11-0) 7:30 p.m. Friday at Canon-McMillan Stadium

Clairton and Neshannock are the top two scoring teams in Class A, but Clairton’s average of 67.3 points is almost 20 more than Neshannock’s 47.5.

To which Neshannock coach Fred Mozzocio seems to be asking: What’s the big deal?

“With all due respect to Clairton, all the mention of blowouts and scoring a ton of points, that’s fine and dandy. It’s a playoff season now, and that’s what people want to do is compare scores? We could have scored 70 and 80 points against teams at times this year.”

Neshannock’s top scoring game was a 62-6 victory over Western Beaver. The Lancers opened the year with a 52-13 rout of South Side Beaver.

“We’re not in the business of embarrassing other teams,” Mozzocio said. “When we get a big lead, when those things occur, we get our ninth- and 10th-graders in there. We’re not about that. We look to secure the outcome.”

Clairton, which because of nagging injuries had available just 22 players for a practice Tuesday, has been overwhelming opponents with an explosive offense and a nearly untouchable defense.

The Bears’ top scoring output came in a 86-0 decision over Wilkinsburg. Their lowest showing was in a 54-6 victory over Leechburg, one of two times they didn’t score at least 60 points in a game.

“I’ve just never been associated with a team like this,” said Clairton coach Wayne Wade, whose team is taking part in its ninth straight WPIAL semifinal. “This team has mercy-ruled every team. The fans here are accustomed to winning, but not like this. We’re not just winning, we’re dominating.”

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