2019 Defensive Updates

All defensive statistics have been updated through the end of the 2019 season.

Nick Domico’s 84 total tackles in 2019 is the 25th best single season total of all-time.

Ian Heitsenrether’s 6.5 sacks ties him with six other players (including himself last season) for 16th best single season total in program history.  His career total of 13 place him 9th all-time for career sacks.  Allan Myers’ career total of 8.5 places him 22nd on the all-time list.

Jake Lezzer’s three interceptions this season bring his career total up to 11, putting him 5th all-time, five behind his brother Ryan (2013-2016) for first all-time.

2019 Season Recap

The Bison have finished their 2019 season with a record of 9-3.  All offensive statistics have been updated through the end of the 2019 season.  Defensive statistics will be updated when 2019 stats are finalized.  All team statistics and averages have been figured using the 11 games the Bison actually played, excluding the forfeit win over Philipsburg-Osceola.  Total points (365), however, include the two points earned by the forfeit.

The 2019 season closes with senior Brett Zattoni finishing his career as the seventh all-time leading rusher in Clearfield history with 2,618 yards and fifth by total carries (465).  Zattoni topped the 1,000 yard mark for the second time, joining Christian Lezzer, Dave Richards, Josh Harbold, Isaiah Morgan, Seth Caldwell, and Stu Wiggins as the only Bison running backs to record two 1,000 yard seasons.

Junior Jake Lezzer has moved into a tie with his brother Ryan (2013-2016) for third all-time in receptions with 115.  Jake is 15 behind the all-time leader Trey Campman (2007-2009) (130).  Lezzer is also now third all-time in receiving yards with 2,115, just 239 behind Wes Dahlem (1991-1994) for most all-time in Clearfield history.

Sophomore quarterback Oliver Billotte’s 442 passing yards against Penns Valley set an all-time record for most in a single game, crushing Isaac Rumery’s record by 70 yards.  Billotte now has 2,000 career passing yards, giving him the 15th most in Clearfield history.

The 2019 season also saw the Bison capture the program’s 600th win (a forfeit against Philipsburg-Osceola).  Clearfield has now won 602 games.  A link to the all-time wins list has been added to the Miscellaneous section of the website, however that list is only current through the end of the 2017 season.

Coach Janocko continues to move up the all-time wins list.  His record now sits at 284-114-3.  The link to the all-time coaching wins list can also be found under the Miscellaneous section, and is current through the end of last season (2018).

A Program History tab has also been added.  This section of the site will work to incorporate historical data compiled by www.clearfieldfootball.org.

Team, Individual Stat Updates

Team statistics have been updated through the end of the 2015 season.  The update that will include the current season will take place after 2016 ends for the Bison.

Individual statistics will also be updated following the completion of the 2016 season, but here is a snapshot of current individual statistics through Week 9 of this season unless otherwise noted.  Clearfield’s Week 9 statistics are not in MaxPreps as of the time of this post; all statistics for 2016 shown below come from MaxPreps and the P-O game story from The Progress.

Seth Caldwell

Career: 747 carries (1st all-time), 4,176 yards (93 behind Christian Lezzer for 2nd all-time), 40 rushing TDs (2 behind Jarrin Campman for 4th all-time).  Seth has gained 4,417 total yards from scrimmage in his career (3rd all-time) and has scored 45 total touchdowns (4th all-time).

Ryan Lezzer

Career: 100 receptions (23 behind Wes Dahlem for 2nd all-time), 1,882 receiving yards (79 behind Trey Campman for 2nd all-time), 22 receiving TDs (1 behind Brian Kaspick for 2nd all-time).  Ryan is 73 yards away from becoming the first Bison with three seasons of 500+ receiving yards.  He is also 151 rushing yards from becoming the first Bison to ever gain 1,000 career receiving yards and 1,000 career rushing yards.  He has 2,731 yards from scrimmage (8th all-time) and has scored 36 career touchdowns (9th all-time).  Defensively, he holds the school record with 16 career interceptions.

Matt Collins

Career: 311 tackles (school record).  Collins set a school record for single-season tackles with 167 in 2015 and has 121 so far in 2016, the fourth-most in a season in school history.  With more tackles this season, Collins will hold the school’s top two seasons for tackles.  His 23 tackles in last year’s playoff loss to Johnstown set the school’s single-game record, besting the 22 tackles by Seth Ford in 2012 against Punxsutawney.

Micah Heichel’s 7 catches for 190 yards against Central marked the 4th-highest receiving yardage total in school history.  His 606 yards this season (through Week 8) are the 18th-highest in single-season history.

Isaac Rumery now has 1,323 passing yards in 2016, the 17th-highest single-season total for a Bison.  His 311 passing yard game against Central stands as the 5th-most in Clearfield history.

Mason Royer has 163 career tackles, placing him 16th on the all-time list.

With 65 tackles this season, Steven Sawyer has now gone over 100 career tackles (113).

 

D5/6/8/9 Semifinals: Clearfield (9-1) vs. Johnstown (5-5)

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Clearfield squares off against Johnstown in the District 5/6/8/9 Subregional semifinals Friday night at the Bison Sports Complex.  This is the fifth time in six years that the Bison and the Trojans have met in the playoffs, with Clearfield winning each of the previous four matchups.  The two teams also met in 1919 and 1924, both Johnstown wins (6-3 and 17-0, respectively).

The Bison are currently 9-1 this season.  Here’s how each of its opponents have fared over the last 10 weeks:

WEEK 1 – vs. Fort Hill (MD) – 49-14 L

The Sentinels currently sit at 8-1 on the year and will play Northern – which is based in the wonderfully named Accident, MD – this week in the Maryland state playoffs.  Fort Hill’s only loss this year was in Week 2, a 48-41 loss to Keyser (WV), the team Clearfield lost to in last year’s season-opener.  The Sentinels are outscoring their opponents this year by an average of 43-16.

WEEK 2 – vs. Penns Valley – 42-18 W

Penns Valley finished another tough season, going 2-8.  The Rams beat Bald Eagle (32-20) and P-O (26-7), but struggled defensively, giving up 40 or more points five times and allowing 75 points in a season-opening loss to Juniata.  Penns Valley allowed over 36 points per game.

WEEK 3 – @ Central – 19-8 W

The Scarlet Dragons enter this weekend as the top overall seed in District 6 AA and will face Forest Hills Friday night.  Clearfield was Central’s only loss, and the 9-1 Dragons have outscored opponents this year by an average of 43-11.  Removing its loss to the Bison, Central has averaged 46.8 points per game in its nine wins.

WEEK 4 – vs. Huntingdon – 50-23 W

The Bearcats enter the playoffs at 6-4 and will take on Tyrone this weekend in the first round of the D6 AA playoffs.  Huntingdon is 4-2 since its loss to Clearfield on September 25th, and senior running back Jon Wagner has rushed for over 1,300 yards and 22 touchdowns this year.

WEEK 5 – @ Brockway – 28-7 W

At 8-2, the Rovers will face Elk County Catholic in the first round of the D9 A playoffs Friday night.  Brockway’s two losses came to Clearfield and Kane (21-14) in consecutive weeks.  They are allowing just over 11 points per game in 2015.

WEEK 6 – @ Bellefonte – 42-7 W

Bellefonte wrapped up its second-straight 3-7 season last week with a 43-7 win over rival Bald Eagle Area.  The Red Raiders went 3-0 against Centre County teams and 0-7 against all others.

WEEK 7 – vs. Tyrone – 34-17 W

Tyrone finished in third place in the Mountain League at 8-2, losing only to league champion Clearfield and 9-1 Central.  The Golden Eagles will host Huntingdon Friday night in the first round of the D6 AA playoffs and are on a three-game winning streak, including one over AAAA Central Mountain.

WEEK 8 – vs. Bald Eagle Area – 49-12 W

The Eagles finished 1-9, defeating only winless P-O by a 14-0 score.  Offense was a big problem for Bald Eagle Area, as they averaged only 7.9 points per game.  They also allowed 40 or more points six times.

WEEK 9 – @ Philipsburg-Osceola – 56-17 W

P-O ended its second-straight winless campaign with a 42-0 loss to Bellwood-Antis last week.  Over the past three seasons, the Mounties are just 1-29.  In 2015, they were outscored by a total of 415-58.

WEEK 10 – vs. Punxsutawney (D9 AAA Championship) – 56-8 W

Despite being just 3-6 in the regular season, the Chucks entered the D9 AAA playoffs and were hammered by the Bison last week.  Punxsy beat Moniteau, Brookville and A-C Valley this season for its only wins.  In their two season-ending games, the Chucks were outscored by Karns City and Clearfield by a combined score of 118-14.

NOTES

  • Counting last week’s win over Punxsutawney in the District 9 AAA championship game, Clearfield is now 24-23 all-time in playoff games.
  • The Bison now have at least 9 wins in 7 of its past 8 seasons.  A win Friday would give Clearfield its sixth 10 win season during that span and 12th overall.
  • Trojans quarterback Jeremy Updyke has passed for over 2,100 yards and 19 touchdowns this season.  For his career, Updyke has thrown for 5,233 yards and 52 touchdowns.
  • Many of Updyke’s passes are thrown to junior Exree Loe, who has caught 46 passes for 904 yards and 8 touchdowns this season.
  • Johnstown and Clearfield have no common opponents, but the Trojans have played the Subregional’s second-seeded team, Somerset.  The Eagles edged Johnstown by a score of 12-7 on October 2nd.
  • The Trojans have lost three of their last four games, but many games have been close.  Three of Johnstown’s five losses have come by a combined 10 points and another loss came to defending Class A state champion Bishop Guilfoyle.  Last week’s 21-18 loss to Cambria Heights assured Johnstown the 4th seed in the Subregional; a win would’ve moved them up to the 3rd seed.
  • With 2,226 career passing yards, Bison quarterback Cody Spaid is just 70 yards behind Jeff Kavelak (1984-86) for 11th in program history.  Kavelak graduated as Clearfield’s all-time leader in passing yards.
  • The Bison have six players who have rushed for at least 100 yards this season.
  • Seth Caldwell’s 3,088 career rushing yards put him just 32 yards behind Isiah Morgan (2006-08) for fourth all-time.  With 529 career carries, Caldwell is already just 57 behind Christian Lezzer’s school record of 586.
  • Junior Matt Collins extended his own school record to 144 tackles this season in last week’s win.  Senior Christian Rumery now has 107, marking just the second time since 1993 that two Bison have had over 100 tackles in the same season.  Beau Swales (115) and Robbie Myers (107) did so in 2011.
  • Johnstown’s all-time record is 644-405-56.  The Bison currently stand at 565-461-38.

District 9 Championship: Clearfield (8-1) vs. Punxsutawney (3-6)

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Friday’s District 9 AAA championship game will feature Clearfield and Punxsutawney in the 91st meeting between the two schools.  The Bison own a 44-43-3 all-time edge in the series, which dates back to 1924.  In last year’s D9 title, Clearfield beat Punxsy, 35-8, on its way to its fifth straight championship.  The last team to win a D9-AAA title was Punxsutawney, which did so in 2009 by virtue of a 34-28 win over the Bison.  A win Friday would give Clearfield its sixth consecutive district championship and its 14th overall.

Clearfield has won the past five district title games by an average score of 38 to 7.  Friday’s game will have no bearing on the state playoffs other than serving as an additional chance for both teams to accrue points for the District 5/6/8/9 Subregional playoff.  Punxsutawney has been mathematically eliminated from the playoff race, but a Clearfield win would wrap up the top seed in the subregional, which begins next week.  The Bison are currently leading the points race with 960.  A look at the other teams in the four-team subregional playoff:

  • Somerset  (830 pts) – The Eagles are currently the second-seed and sit 130 points behind Clearfield.  They face undefeated and state-ranked Bishop Guilfoyle Friday; they would pass the Bison for the top seed with a win and a Clearfield loss to Punxsutawney.  They cannot fall lower than the second seed no matter what happens Friday night.
  • University Prep (520 pts), Johnstown (480 pts) – University Prep fell to Brashear, 7-6, last week in the City League playoffs and does not have a game scheduled for this week.  Deciding the third and fourth spots in the subregional will fall solely on Friday’s Johnstown vs. Cambria Heights game.  A win by Johnstown means University Prep will play at Clearfield next weekend, barring the unlikely scenario of both a Somerset win and a Bison loss.  A loss by the Trojans sends them to Hyde, instead.  Whoever ends up with the third seed will most likely play at Somerset.  Johnstown enters the game 5-4, while Cambria Heights is 4-5.

NOTES

  • Punxsutawney is currently riding a three-game skid that has seen them get shutout by St. Marys and then allow 109 total points in losses to Clarion-Limestone and Karns City.  On the season, the Chucks have been outscored by an average of 28.7 to 19.0.
  • Friday’s game wasn’t set in stone until a little over a week ago when the Chucks confirmed that they would participate in the tournament.  With only three teams in D9-AAA and Bradford owning just one win this year, it was unclear whether the district would have a championship game this year.  That, coupled with the fact that the game has no real bearing on the state postseason, cast Friday’s game in doubt to some extent.
  • The Chucks are led by senior quarterback Ryan Jones, who has thrown for 1,267 yards and rushed for 393 more.  No other Punxsutawney player has eclipsed 200 yards rushing this season.  Jones has a hand in 13 of the Chucks’ 23 offensive touchdowns this season and has intercepted 3 passes on defense.
  • After finishing the 2015 regular season at 8-1, the Bison have won 56 of their last 60 regular season games (93%) dating back to midway through the 2009 season.
  • Clearfield now has 334 points scored this season, giving them the 12th highest single-season total in school history.
  • Friday’s 56-17 win over Philipsburg-Osceola was the 7th time a Bison team had scored exactly 56 points in a game.  Four of those occurrences have come against P-O.
  • With his 8 tackles against P-O, Matt Collins now has the school’s all-time record for tackles in a season.  He currently has 132 with at least two games left to play.
  • Seth Caldwell now has 515 career rush attempts, making him the fourth player in school history to have at least 500 (Christian Lezzer, Dave Richards, Isiah Morgan).  Caldwell currently has 2,905 career rushing yards, putting him just 95 away from becoming the 5th player in Clearfield history with at least 3,000.
  • Ryan Lezzer is now tied for 11th with Todd Shaw (1999-2002) with 70 career receptions.  His 1,308 receiving yards rank 9th and his 16 career receiving touchdowns put him in a four-way tie for sixth place.
  • Cody Spaid is just three passing yards away from tying Christian Lezzer (2010-2013) for 12th in career passing yards.  His 24 career touchdown passes tie him with Tanner Kelly (2001-2004) for 10th.
  • A win over Punxsutawney on Friday would give Clearfield its sixth-straight season of at least 9 wins.
  • Check out more info on this game via the D9Sports.com preview.

Week 9: Clearfield (7-1) at Philipsburg-Osceola (0-8)

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In lieu of a write-up this week, this preview will include links to PDF files of old game stories featuring the series history of the Bison and the Mounties.  Clearfield first played Philipsburg-Osceola in its present form in 1956, going 32-23 in the series.  However, the Bison first played Philipsburg High School in 1909 and Osceola Mills High School in 1914.  Overall, Clearfield has played the three schools that have historically comprised P-O a total of 109 times; the Bison have a record of 64-41-4 in those games.

1929: Clearfield 47, Philipsburg HS 0

Bill Shepherd – the only Bison to ever play in the NFL – had one of the great forgotten games in school history against Philipsburg High School in 1929.  Even though he didn’t play until the second quarter, Shepherd scored 6 touchdowns and added 5 extra points, giving him 41 of Clearfield’s 47 points.  Shepherd’s 41 points still rank second all-time in school history, trailing only Dave Richards’ 42 points (on 7 touchdowns) against Bald Eagle Area in 2002.

Week 6 – vs. Philipsburg – 1929

1939: Clearfield 31, Philipsburg HS 0

The Bison outgained PHS 347-122 as part of its 10-1-1 season that saw Clearfield fall in the PIAA championship game.

Week 6 – vs. Philipsburg

1954: Clearfield 38, Osceola Mills HS 0

In the season opener, Bison Tom Krolick ran over Osceola Mills, rushing for more than 200 yards.  While complete stats for his night were not published, the five runs mentioned in the game story had Krolick running for 208 yards, making him the first Bison to “officially” break the 200-yard mark in a single game.  Other Bison almost certainly achieved the mark before Krolick, but those numbers have not been found.

Week 1 – at Osceola Mills

1977: Clearfield 27, Philipsburg-Osceola 13

Led by Pat Davis, the Bison rushed 55 times for 315 yards and 4 touchdowns against the Mounties.  Davis ran the ball 28 times for 215 yards and each Clearfield touchdown.  He also scored a two-point conversion, giving him 26 of the Bison’s 27 points that night.

Week 6 – vs. P-O

1994: Clearfield 54, Philipsburg-Osceola 6

Chad Kroell had many absurd stat lines throughout his career as a Bison, but few were as impressive as his game against P-O his senior year.  He threw 7 touchdowns altogether, including 6 in the first half.  He threw touchdown passes on 5 consecutive plays.  He went 12 for 16 for 271 yards, meaning he threw more touchdown passes (7) than incompletions (4).

Week 6 – at P-O (story)

Week 6 – at P-O (summary)

2002: Clearfield 48, Philipsburg-Osceola 21

Like Kroell, Dave Richards had no shortage of outstanding performances as a Bison.  Against P-O in 2002, Richards ran 34 times for 325 yards and 5 touchdowns and added another score on a punt return.  The punt return touchdown was remarkable for the fact that the Mounties punted away from Richards all night, even sending some kicks directly out-of-bounds.  However, one errant punt made its way to Richards’ hands and he returned it for a touchdown.

Week 6 – vs. P-O (story)

Week 6 – vs. P-O (summary)

NOTES

  • The Bison will play Punxsutawney next week for the District 9 AAA title.  The date, time, and location are all TBA.
  • With a win Friday, Clearfield would tack on 80 more points in an effort to secure the top seed in the District 5/6/8/9 Subregional.  The top four teams make it into the Subregional, with the top seed hosting the fourth seed and the second seed hosting the third.  The current standings are:
    • Clearfield: 850
    • Somerset: 710
    • University Prep: 520
    • Johnstown: 460
    • Punxsutawney: 270
    • Bellefonte: 180
    • Bradford: 0
  • As first noted by D9Sports.com, P-O has only scored 5 touchdowns in its last 7 games.  The Mounties are averaging just 5.1 points per game but are allowing 39.6 ppg.
  • Junior Matt Collins now has 124 tackles on the season, tying him for second all-time and putting him just two tackles away from breaking Seth Ford’s school record of 125.
  • Sitting at 95 tackles, Christian Rumery can become the 9th Bison to reach 100 in a season since 1993.
  • According to MaxPreps, Seth Caldwell eclipsed the 1,000 yard rushing mark last week and now has 1,004 for the season.  He is the 26th Clearfield player to hit that mark.
  • Following last week’s win over Bald Eagle, the Bison now have an all-time record of 563-461-38.