The season is quickly approaching, but today we’re passing along some information on a great opportunity for youth football players in Clearfield. This type of thing is usually posted over at clearfieldfootball.org, but the Blair Thomas Football Academy will be holding a Fundamental Football Camp on August 1st in Hollidaysburg. Details and contact information are included below.
Clearfield will be well-represented in the Bronx on December 27th as two former Bison standouts will be on the field for the New Era Pinstripe Bowl held at Yankee Stadium. Christian Lezzer, a linebacker for Boston College, and Seth Ford, a safety for Penn State, both are freshmen who played big roles on Clearfield’s 13-1 team in 2013. Lezzer and Ford are the first Clearfield graduates to appear in an NCAA FBS bowl game since Andrew Janocko played in the BBVA Compass Bowl for Pitt against Kentucky at the end of the 2010 season. Lezzer ranks second all-time in Clearfield history for rushing yards and holds the school record for career sacks. Ford is the Bison’s all-time leader in career tackles. Best of luck to both former Bison.
MOUNTAIN LEAGUE AND D9SPORTS.COM AWARDS
The PIAA championships wrapped up this past weekend, meaning that the football calendar has moved into awards season. All-State teams should be coming out in the next couple of weeks, but Clearfield has already been recognized in the league and district awards. The Mountain League and www.d9sports.com have both released all-star and awards lists for this season:
Mountain League All-Stars
C – Dylan Fenton
G, DL – Zac Hefferan
T – Nate Lash
WR, DB – Ryan Lezzer
RB, LB – Erik Sellers
DL – Brian Thorpe
LB – Nick Kovalick
DB – Seth Caldwell
TE – Kovalick
RB – Caldwell
K – Spencer Herrington
DE – Dustin Maines
– Erik Sellers tied for 2nd place in District MVP voting
– Dylan Fenton finished 3rd in District Rookie of the Year
– Nate Lash was 3rd in District Offensive Lineman of the Year
– Spencer Herrington was runner-up in Special Teams Player of the Year
CLEARFIELD’S HISTORY IN D9SPORTS.COM AWARDS
Player of the Year (2): Dave Richards, 2002 & Jarrin Campman, 2008
Offensive Player of the Year (1): Christian Lezzer, 2013
Coach of the Year (1): Tim Janocko, 2010
Special Teams Player of the Year (1): Dave Richards, 2001
Offensive Lineman of the Year (4): Jon Altemus, 2002; Nick Redden, 2008; Hunter Keith, 2012-2013
Individual Performance of the Year (2): Dave Richards, 2002; Jarrin Campman, 2008
Game of the Year (1): Clearfield 19, Indian Valley 13, 2007
Special Contributor Award (1): Bob Love, 2010
Vic Jones, a standout Bison running back from 1954 to 1955, passed away on March 3rd in Lebanon, Indiana. Jones became Clearfield’s third First Team All-State player in 1955, following Bill Miller (1939) and Stu Wiggins (1952). The 1955 Bisons went 10-0 and won the school’s second Western Conference championship, largely because of the play of Jones. His 1,720 yards rushing and 29 total touchdowns established school records that would not be broken for 47 years, when Dave Richards surpassed each mark. Nearly 60 years after graduating high school, Jones still ranks 11th all-time in Clearfield history in career rushing yards even though he played just two seasons of football.
Jones went on to play football at Indiana and finished 8th in the Big Ten in rushing yards in both 1958 and 1959. In 1958, Jones rushed 34 times for 133 yards in an 8-6 win at Michigan. Following his time in Bloomington, Jones was a 13th round draft pick of the St. Louis Cardinals, although he never appeared in a professional game. He was also drafted by the AFL’s Denver Broncos in 1960.
Jones, who was frequently referred to as “The Kid” in The Progress, only played football for the Bisons his junior and senior seasons. He was also known as a standout basketball player. He entered teaching and worked for years in the Lebanon, Indiana school system. Despite not wrestling during his tenure at CHS, Jones coached one Lebanon wrestler to an Indiana state championship and also coached the football and track and field teams.
One of the all-time greats in Clearfield football history, Jones left a lasting mark in the program that is felt to this day. Statistically, many of his numbers have withstood decades of accomplishments by Bison players and still rank highly in many categories. Perhaps more importantly, Jones was the key player on Clearfield’s only team in school history to finish the season undefeated. The 10-0 Bisons of 1955 were one of Clearfield’s most dominant squads and Jones was a primary reason for their success. The Bison football program has lost a legendary member of its family; our condolences go out to his family.
I’ve just posted all individual defensive stats (single-game, single-season, and career) dating back to 1993. These can be found under the “Defensive & Kicking Records” tab at the top of the screen. In the coming months I’d like to research the years prior to 1993 to try to make these lists more complete. The Progress only kept individual defensive statistics from 1993-2005; all individual defensive statistics from 2006-present have been collected from Clearfield’s page on maxpreps.com.
Another thing that I would like to bring to this website is more media in the form of photos, graphs/charts, videos, and others. I’ve put together a graph below as an example. It shows Clearfield’s per game averages for rushing yards, passing yards, and total yards from 1990-2013. WordPress will not allow me to directly embed the chart into this page, but it can be viewed by clicking the link below. I think this time range does a good job of showing how Clearfield has evolved from a pass-heavy team to a run-first team over the course of 24 seasons. From 2003-2009, the Bison were usually balanced between rushing yards per game and passing yards per game; during other eras, the team was much more passing-dominant or rushing-dominant. Feel free to share any other observations and let me know if there are any other graphs, charts, images, videos, etc. that you’d like to see included here.
It’s been a while since I’ve put up a post, but I’ve been updating the record lists to reflect this past season’s numbers. All lists are now current except for the team records tab. I’ve added a “Defensive & Kicking Records” tab and a “Misc.” tab at the top of the page. I’ll begin updating the Defensive and Kicking Records tab in the near future and the Misc. tab will be used for assorted posts and other information that doesn’t fit in any other tab.
Below is a Google Map of every opponent Clearfield has played since 1904, although I did not include the college teams (IUP, Clarion, Lock Haven, etc.) that the Bison played early in the school’s history. I also put markers on stadiums where the Bison have played even if they did not play that school. The markers are located at the high school or home field of each opponent where possible, but schools that no longer exist (for example, Madera) have markers placed in the center of that town.
I’ll continue updating the website throughout the offseason and, as always, feel free to leave comments if there is something you’d like to see here.
Thanks again for visiting. I’m going to begin compiling statistics for kicking and defense, so keep an eye out for those in the coming weeks. I have complete kicking statistics dating back to 1993, but it’ll take me some time to research the years before that. Defensive statistics will be more difficult to find due to the fact that The Progress began publishing them in either the late-1990s or early 2000s; therefore, there will be very few reliable statistics to find on the defensive side of the ball prior to these years.
In addition, I’m going to publish a weekly preview before each of Clearfield’s games this fall. These will be quite different than the ones published in The Progress, Gant Daily, and other outlets because mine will focus solely on historical statistics and records between the two teams. For example, I’ll publish the best single-game performances for individuals and teams against Penns Valley during the Clearfield-Penns Valley week. I’m planning on posting these on either Wednesday or Thursday before that week’s game. I’d appreciate any feedback on this idea and any suggestions for what I should include. As always, thanks for checking out the site and feel free to leave a comment on this or any other page.
I’ve changed the layout of the site to make it a little simpler to navigate. Single-game, single-season, and career statistics can now be found on the same page underneath each statistical category. I think that this will improve the site by cleaning up the navigation bar on the right side of the page. Please feel free to let me know if you have other suggestions for the layout, design, or navigation of the site.