Marauders vs. Clairton: a real nail-biter

Excellent sports coverage from the Marauder Mirror.


Brad Young

The Marauders after the game.

By Jordan Rhone, Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School

It can be difficult to write about “the big game” in a way that’s engaging and exciting to an outside audience. But Jordan Rhone at Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School has done just that! What sets this story apart? The hook, for one:

It began in 2006 when nine fourth-grade boys signed up for the Altoona Central Catholic football program. On the other side of town, a St. Rose of Lima fourth-grader did the same. Little did they know that eight years later they would be hoisting a state championship trophy and showcasing a gold medal–something only one Class A school in Pennsylvania can do each year.

It also helps that the stakes are high–this isn’t just any old game, but a championship between two undefeated teams.

The 15-0 Bishop Guilfoyle Marauders walked onto the field of Hersheypark Stadium on Friday morning, eagerly awaiting the 1:10pm kickoff against the 15-0 Clairton Bears. It was the only battle of the unbeaten during the PIAA Championship weekend. The Clairton Bears were sporting the nation’s second highest scoring offense in high school football history. The Marauders were bringing to the table their unstoppable, top-ranked defense in the state.

The actual play-by-play is meticulously written, so that anyone (even a hopelessly clueless sports ignoramus like your Best of SNO editor…ahem) can follow along. There’s even video footage of one of the best moments of the game:

Want to know how it all shakes out? Read the full story at the Marauder Mirror.