Clearfield and Penns Valley first played in 2007, making the matchup the youngest of any of the Bison’s Mountain League series. Clearfield has averaged 39.7 points per game against the Rams and has never lost in 8 all-time meetings. However, the first time the two teams ever played was easily the closest game in the series.
The 2007 Bison entered the Week 10 matchup in Spring Mills at 6-3, needing to win the game in order to clinch a home game the following week in the District 9 playoffs. Penns Valley was 8-1 and featured a stifling defense, one that posted four shutouts and allowed just 6.1 points per game over the whole season (the Rams would finish 8-3). No team scored more than 14 points against them all season, but PV struggled offensively, only breaking 20 points twice.
Clearfield didn’t play its sharpest game of the season, losing four fumbles, adding an interception, and averaging only 4.6 yards per play. Penns Valley scored first on a 68-yard fumble return, but Jarrin Campman tied things up later in the first quarter on a 2-yard touchdown run. Neither offense was able to do much most of the night, but the Rams went ahead on a touchdown run in the second quarter. However, the extra point was blocked, which would prove crucial later in the game.
Trailing 13-7 at the start of the 4th quarter, Bison Toby Young blocked his 5th punt in two seasons, setting Clearfield up on the PV 33 yard line. Campman later scored from 12 yards out, giving Clearfield a 14-13 lead. Penns Valley’s final chance went for naught as a 35-yard game-winning field goal attempt was short with just 11 seconds remaining in the game.
Campman provided most of the offense for the Bison, rushing 27 times for 143 yards and both Clearfield touchdowns. The team would fall the next week to St. Marys in the District 9 semifinals, 30-14. The 2007 season set up a very strong 2008 Bison squad, one that went 10-3 and beat City League champion Brashear before falling to Strong Vincent – then the state’s No. 2 team – in the state playoffs.
NOTES FOR FRIDAY’S GAME
- Bison quarterback Cody Spaid has thrown for 536 yards in his two career starts against out-of-state opponents. Spaid threw for 260 yards at Keyser (WV) last season and had 276 yards last Friday against Fort Hill (MD). He surpassed 1,000 career passing yards – he currently has 1,274 – making him the 20th Bison to achieve that milestone. Spaid also tied Stu Wiggins (1950-52) with his 13th career touchdown pass.
- Penns Valley fell last week to Juniata, 75-12. No team in Pennsylvania surrendered more points in Week 1 than the Rams.
- Matt Collins’ 22 tackles against Fort Hill tied the school record for tackles in a game. Collins is now tied with Seth Ford, who made 22 stops against Punxsutawney in 2012.
- Now sitting at 1,818 career rushing yards, Seth Caldwell passed Dave Spingola (1978-80) for 14th on Clearfield’s all-time list. Next up for Caldwell is Campman, who had 1,979 yards from 2005-08.
- With 940 career receiving yards, junior Ryan Lezzer needs just 60 more to become the Bison’s 16th player to reach 1,000 in a career.
- Clearfield’s 49-14 loss to Fort Hill was the team’s worst defeat since a 44-7 loss to Berwick in the 2013 state playoffs. Clearfield hadn’t fallen by 35 points in the regular season since a 52-6 loss to Bald Eagle Area in Week 3 of the 1991 season. Friday was only Clearfield’s second loss in its past 28 home games.
- Finally, it has nothing to do with this week’s game, but here’s a video from YouTube showing parts of Clearfield’s 1991 home game against Lock Haven. The Bison fell 41-14, but it’s a fun video to watch, featuring a Bison team wearing red helmets and pants playing a school that closed nearly 20 years ago. Check it out here.