Pennsylvania high school football team apologizes online to opponent


by Jeff Fisher

Clairton has been one of the top small schools in Pennsylvania for the last seven years, but the school’s image was tarnished in December when the team lost to Bishop Guilfoyle in the Class A championship game in Hershey 19-18.  Friday, the team took the first-step to restore what was lost when a fight broke-out at the end of the game.

According to WPXI-TV, the team has issued an online apology (above) at the urging of former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch, who met with the team recently.

The PIAA is expected to meet later this month to determine if Clairton, which has lost only three games in the last six years, will be penalized.  At the end of the championship game, PIAA officials decided to not let the two teams shake hands.

Last season, Clairton set the Pennsylvania single-season points record by scoring 944 points.

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Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.