First off, I know they’re this week’s opponent, but let’s acknowledge the awesomeness of Brockway’s logo. The Rovers have my vote as one of District 9’s great logos. Of course, the best logo district-wide continues to be the Bison wrestling program’s…
Bison wearing headgear? An awesome dog? Two great logos. But let’s get back to this week’s game.
Clearfield and Brockway have played only twice all-time: a 24-21 Rover win in 2006 and a 28-17 win for the Bison last season. The unfamiliarity the two schools share with one another extends to their schedules, even though Clearfield and Brockway are less than 40 miles apart. Brockway, a Class A school with a male enrollment of 142 (per the PIAA), plays in the Allegheny Mountain League, which is comprised of District 9 teams across the north-central part of the state. Clearfield, meanwhile, is a AAA school (319 males) that competes as the only District 9 team in the mostly D6 Mountain League.
So far, the Rovers have dominated their four opponents. Smethport (56-0), Coudersport (50-14), Cameron County (54-0), and Otto-Eldred (42-7) have all fallen to Brockway. The Rovers and Bison share no common opponents; in fact, Clearfield has never played any of the four teams Brockway has faced so far in 2015. However, the Rovers are a very strong team that enters Week 5 ranked 10th in Class A by Pennsylvania Football News and as a “Team to Watch” by the Harrisburg Patriot-News. Additionally, Brockway sits one spot ahead of Clearfield in the D9Sports.com district-wide rankings, as the two schools trail first-place Karns City.
After decades of playing Punxsutawney and Brookville, Friday’s game will be the first time the Bison travel to Jefferson County in the regular season since Week 4 of 2007 (a 42-7 win at Punxsy).
- The Rovers’ leading rusher is Tony Isabella, who has rushed for 520 yards and 9 touchdowns this season. However, D9Sports.com reports that Isabella may not play Friday due to an injury sustained in last week’s game.
- In last year’s matchup, the Bison held Brockway to just 24 yards rushing on 22 carries. The Rovers were efficient through the air, going 18 for 25 and 167 yards passing. Clearfield led in total yards, 327-191.
- Also in last year’s game, Rover Jarrett Esposito made a 47-yard field goal, which appears to be the longest field goal ever made in a game against the Bison. For comparison, the longest field goal made by a Clearfield player since 1993 is 37 yards by Spencer Herrington against Tyrone in 2013. Clearfield kicking statistics for years before 1993 are still being compiled.
- Junior Matt Collins leads the Bison with 71 tackles this year. According to MaxPreps, he also leads the state of Pennsylvania. Christian Rumery ranks 7th statewide with 61 stops. Rumery has 124 career tackles while Collins has 94.
- With 89 yards passing against Huntingdon, Bison quarterback Cody Spaid became Clearfield’s 16th player with at least 1,500 career passing yards. Spaid now has 1,557 for his career.
- Junior Seth Caldwell currently sits at 11th on the school’s career rushing yard list. Caldwell’s 2,290 yards are 1 behind Jimmy Lewis (1995-1998), 2 behind Derek Morgan (2007-2010), and 23 behind Kenny Wisor (1996-1998). Twenty four yards against Brockway would put Caldwell in 8th place.
- Clearfield enters Friday’s game with an all-time record of 559-461-38. Brockway sits at 453-356-37. All-time records for all schools in Pennsylvania entering the 2015 season can be found here.