The first Bison to officially rush for at least 1,000 yards in a season, Stu Wiggins was a standout player from 1950-1952. He was named AP Third Team All-State as a junior in 1951 and made the AP’s first team in 1952. Wiggins totaled 1,165 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns as a junior and 1,204 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior, but running wasn’t his only strength on the field. Wiggins was a terrific defensive player and passed for 1,036 career yards and 13 touchdowns, making him the first player in Clearfield history to officially throw for at least 1,000 yards in a career. Wiggins also kicked during his high school career.
Clearfield went 5-5 in 1951 but rebounded the following year, going 9-1. The Bisons narrowly missed an undefeated season by falling to DuBois, 13-6, in front of more than 6,000 fans at E.J. Mansell Stadium in Week 3. Wiggins’ 129 points that season led the area and helped the Bison average a then-school record 28.3 points-per-game.
Wiggins had a number of outstanding games in his career, many of which came during the 1952 season. He ran for 3 touchdowns against Osceola Mills, ran for 3 and threw for another versus Philipsburg, had an 87-yard TD run against Bellefonte, ran for 3 touchdowns against Cooper Township, and scored 2 touchdowns, threw for one, and kicked 6 extra points versus Curwensville. In 1951, he ran for 295 yards against State College and 209 against Philipsburg. Wiggins went on to play football at Penn State.
His career statistics while at Clearfield:
2,493 yards, 29 touchdowns
1,036 yards, 13 touchdowns
3,529 yards, 42 rushing plus passing TDs
CLEARFIELD at HUNTINGDON
All-Time Series: Huntingdon leads, 12-11-1
Clearfield Points-per-Game: 19.0
Huntingdon Points-per-Game: 22.4
Biggest Clearfield Win: 54-0 in 1914. Modern Era: 58-30 (2013); 35-7 (2011)
Biggest Huntingdon Win: 68-0 in 1920. Modern Era: 68-34, 1998 PIAA playoffs
Closest Game: 7-7 tie in 1991
Central 35, Clearfield 28
Tyrone 52, Huntingdon 21
- Clearfield has played the Bearcats 24 times since the two teams first met in 1914, the second full season of football the Bison had ever played. The schools played each other regularly from 1914-1923 and then didn’t meet again until 1979. Friday night will mark the 11th consecutive year that the Bison have faced Huntingdon.
- The 1998 PIAA playoff game won by the Bearcats 68-34 marks the most points a Clearfield team has allowed in the last 90 years, when Lock Haven beat the Bison 73-26 in 1924. The 1998 matchup in Punxsutawney ended Clearfield’s 11-1 season, although the two teams were tied at 28 at halftime. Clearfield ran for 325 yards (including 222 from Jimmy Lewis) but fumbled 4 times, while Huntingdon averaged 11 yards per play on the night and didn’t turn the ball over. The win sent Huntingdon into the PIAA Western Semifinals where they would beat Perry, 44-18. The following week, the Bearcats fell in the Western Final to Moon, 21-0.
- Three Clearfield players have rushed for at least 200 yards against Huntingdon: Lewis, Josh Harbold (220) in 2004, and Christian Lezzer (202) last season.
- In 2012, Trey Jordan caught 4 passes for 136 yards (34 yards per catch) and 4 touchdowns against Huntingdon in a 41-24 Clearfield win.
- Last year’s 508 total yards against the Bearcats marked the 8th time a Clearfield team has gained at least 500 yards on an opponent. The 8 rushing touchdowns by the Bison set a school record.