Bishop Guilfoyle (Altoona, Pa.) ended the 2016 as a three-time state champion and winners of 47 consecutive games, the fourth-longest active streak in the nation and tied for the fifth-longest streak in Pennsylvania history.
Guilfoyle blanked Clairton 17-0 on Friday in Hershey in the PIAA 1A title game, the first time that Clairton has been shut out since a 28-0 loss to Springdale in 2003.
The Marauders (15-0) also beat Clairton 19-18 in the state final two years ago.
Bishop Guilfoyle allowed 98 total points on the season and this was the fifth shutout of the season, including a run of three consecutive games early in the season.
Clairton (14-1) managed 198 yards, including 78 in the first half, and was undone in part by four fumbles (losing two) and an errant direct snap that proved costly. Clairton star Lamont Wade had 70 yards on 15 carries.
Andrew Irwin scored on a 2-yard run in the second quarter for the only scoring of the first half. Kolton McGhee’s 43-yd field goal midway through the third quarter and a 20-yard TD run Evan Chadbourn and two-point conversion on a drive after a Clairton fumble capped the scoring.
Chadbourn also had an interception and a fumble recovery in only his second game of the season; he had been sidelined by a torn knee ligament suffered in the summer.
Irwin finished with 116 yards.