For the first time since the running clock was instituted in Pennsylvania in 1998, a team won every game of the season by mercy rule. That included the state title game.
Steel Valley (Munhall) finished off a 15-0 season with the PIAA Class 2A championship in a 49-7 victory against Southern Columbia (Catawissa).
Under the Pennsylvania mercy rule, the running clock starts when a team leads by at least 35 points in the second half.
Steel Valley recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff and scored one play later for a 7-0 lead. Southern Columbia answered to tie the game at 7 and then Steel Valley posted 35 unanswered points for its first state title.
“It looked like for a while that we could match them to some extent, and then it got out of hand,” Southern Columbia coach Jim Roth told the Post-Gazette.
On the season, Steel Valley had five shutouts and only one team scored more than 14 points — a 68-29 win against Valley (New Kensington, Pa.) in September.