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Farrell welcomes home state champion football team

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FARRELL, Pa. -

Fans braved the cold Thursday night to welcome home the undefeated state champions- the Farrell High School football team. 

The buses, led by a police escort arrived back at the school shortly after 11:30 p.m. on Thursday- greeted by screaming fans. 

The Steelers scored 55 straight points beat Lackawanna Trail 55-20  in the Class 1A State Title game.

Farrell finishes the season 15-0 and becomes the first team in school history to win a stare championship undefeated. 

The victory marks the first state championship title for Farrell in more than 15 years. Coaches speaking to the crowd Thursday night said their last state championship was in 2002. The Steelers won state crowns in 1995 & 1996.

The game was not only a win for the team, but for several individual members too. Running back Christian Lewis, responsible for five of the Steelers' touchdowns, was honored for his more than 2200 rushing yards this season. 

Pitt recruit Kyi Wright added a pair of touchdowns in the game, helping the Steelers score on all six possessions in the first half to take a 42-7 halftime lead.

Senior Kobe Hilton celebrated his 58th consecutive games as a starter- breaking a school record. 

And though the athletic accomplishments are tough enough- Steelers coaches also boasted about having one the highest GPA of any high school football team in the state. 

For the friends, family, and community members who waited in the cold, then packed into the gym for a medal ceremony, the team is a point of pride in the community. 

"When I went to the first game and they played University Prep and they handled them, I said this is y'all's year, no doubt about it," said one community member, John Poindexter. 

"This is Farrell, Pa. pride," said Poindexter. "Western Pennsylvania football at its finest."

Marcia Austin, a Farrell alum has been a fan the whole way through. 

"I told the young men all season- you can be whatever you want to be as long as you put your mind to it," said Austin. 

Austin said the team has been a close-knit group, growing up together in a small neighborhood. 

Reggie Davis, says the win was personal for the community. 

"I cried like a baby," said Davis. "I enjoyed the game. I was on the 90's team as a junior when we lost. And now I'm seeing my nephew Christian play and it just made me overjoyed."

A win the entire Farrell community can stand behind. 

"The pride of Farrell it just exudes, it breathes this greatness. We're so proud of our kids, of our community, of our school system," said Davis. "And now state championships. You see the banners all over that we have here, it's just awesome." 
 

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