Domination: State champion Steel Valley (Pa.) wins all 15 games by mercy rule

Domination: State champion Steel Valley (Pa.) wins all 15 games by mercy rule

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Domination: State champion Steel Valley (Pa.) wins all 15 games by mercy rule

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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.

“I’ve never heard of a boxer go 15-0 with 15 knockouts,” coach Rod Steele told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “That’s pretty special.”

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.

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