It was the Mountaineers fourth turnover of the game and the fourth time the Bears scored off a turnover.
“They play that type of football week in and week out,” Paul said. “We don’t see that type of play in this conference. We played them tough in the first quarter but we couldn’t finish. We out battled and were more physical then them early. We were getting first downs and moving the ball but you have to be able to finish. We weren’t able to do that.”
Berlin senior running back Drew Glotflety finished with 77 yards rushing on 19 carries. He also had four catches for 60 yards.
The Mountaineers finished with 158 yards of total offense. Blake Miller went 6 of 12 for 80 yards and two interceptions. Glotfetly went 0 for 3 passing.
“Drew’s our leader,” Paul said. “But Clairton has 15 Drew’s. It’s disappointing tonight but looking back on the season the boys have nothing to be ashamed of. They have a lot to be proud of.”
Division I college recruit Titus Howard looked to have dislocated his elbow in second and will likely miss the rest of the season for the Bears.
“We wish him a speedy recovery and all the best in his future,” Paul said. “We don’t like to see anyone get hurt.”
Clairton advances to next Friday’s semifinals against either Port Allegany or Sharpsville.