‘A Football High’ Redux

I haven’t read this series on the Clairton Bears yet, but I’m looking forward to it. At a quick glance, it reminds me of Pat Jordan’s “A Football High” piece written for GEO magazine back in 1980 (brief mention of that story here). Jordan’s piece focused on football in Duquesne, Pennsylvania — the real town that the fictional mill town in All The Right Moves was based on — and how it was the only escape for young men destined for a career in the mill.In his four-part series on the Clairton Bears high school football team, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s J. Brady McCollough examines life and football in the economically depressed Mon Valley mill town of Clairton, Pennsylvania — a town known as much for its football team as it is for its vacant storefronts and abundance of crack cocaine:

The Clairton Bears set a Pennsylvania record today with their 60th consecutive victory, a 58-21 win against Sto-Rox in the WPIAL Class A title game. Clairton’s winning streak began under circumstances that tested the team and lit a fire that still burns.

(Photograph: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Caption: Clairton Bears running back Tyus Booker, and his teammates, ride in silence, as their bus crosses the Monongahela River.)

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