District 5/6/8/9 Championship: Somerset 27, Clearfield 0

CLEARFIELD

SOMERSET

30

RUSH ATTEMPTS 47

34

RUSH YARDS 222

0

RUSH TDs 4

4-12-0

COMP.-ATT.-INT. 3-9-0

16

PASS YARDS 25

0

PASS TDs 0

50

TOTAL YARDS 247

NOTES

This will be an abbreviated recap, but look for a season wrap-up post sometime this weekend.

  • The loss was the first time Clearfield had been shutout since a 61-0 loss in the state playoffs to Perry in 2002.  The Bison had scored in 142 consecutive games since that loss.
  • Clearfield’s 34 yards rushing was the fewest the team had in a game since the 2007 District 9 championship game, a 30-14 loss to St. Marys.  In that game, the Bison rushed 25 times for just 18 yards.
  • The 50 total yards gained by the Bison are the fewest by the program since the 1987 team gained just 22 total yards in a 28-0 loss to Punxsutawney.
  • Despite the loss, the 2014 season saw a number of impressive statistical performances, especially by the Clearfield defense.  It surrendered fewer than 18 points per game for the fifth consecutive year and held opponents to 89.9 yards rushing per game.  Three opponents failed to reach 100 total yards and six converted fewer than 10 first downs.  The Bison also recorded 36.5 sacks and picked off 11 passes.
  • Offensively, Clearfield ran for 2,733 yards and threw for another 1,101, giving the team an average of 319.5 total yards per game.  The Bison averaged 32.5 points per game by running for 38 touchdowns and throwing for 14 more.  The team averaged 5.48 yards on its exactly 700 plays in 2014.
  • Somerset now moves on to face District 4 champion Selinsgrove.  The winner of that game will take on the winner of Bethlehem Catholic and Crestwood for the right to move into the Eastern Final.
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District 5/6/8/9 Semifinal: Clearfield 42, Johnstown 27

CLEARFIELD

JOHNSTOWN

63

RUSH ATTEMPTS 21

315

RUSH YARDS 39

5

RUSH TDs 1

1-6-1

COMP.-ATT.-INT. 7-17-3

29

PASS YARDS 211

0

PASS TDs 3

344

TOTAL YARDS 250

NOTES

  • Clearfield is now 4-2 all-time versus Johnstown, with all four wins coming in playoff games since 2010.
  • The Bison now have an all-time playoff record of 23-22.  Friday night’s win pushed Clearfield’s playoff winning percentage to .511.
  • Clearfield now sits at 9-2 for the 2014 season after winning its 8th straight game.  This is the sixth time in the past seven years that the Bison have won at least 9 games.  Since 2008, Clearfield is 74-14 (.841) overall.
  • Johnstown scored the first points of Friday’s game, but Clearfield stormed back to take a 42-7 halftime lead.  Over the past four games, the Bison have outscored their opponents 139-14 in the first half, an average of 34.8-3.5 per game.
  • Clearfield now has 390 points scored this season, putting them just 10 away from the program’s 8th 400-point season.  Last year’s team set the record for points in a season with 535.  On a per-game basis, the 2014 team’s 35.5 points-per-game would rank 6th in Clearfield history.
  • This year’s team also crossed the 500 rushing attempt mark for the fifth straight season and now has 518 this year.  Friday’s game was Clearfield’s second 60+ rushing attempt game of the season and the program’s fourth in the past two years.
  • After attempting 96 passes during this year’s first five games, the Bison have relied on the running game in recent weeks.  Clearfield has attempted just 44 passes over the past six games.
  • The Bison have limited six opponents to fewer than 10 first downs this season, including each of the last four teams Clearfield has faced.
  • Through 11 games, Clearfield has allowed just 857 rushing yards to its opponents, an average of 77.9 per game.  Teams are averaging 2.7 yards per carry against the Bison this year, half of Clearfield’s 5.2 yards per carry average on offense.
  • Johnstown threw three interceptions Friday night and became the first team Clearfield has picked off three times since doing so in back-to-back games last year against Johnstown and Somerset.
  • Clearfield’s season continues Friday night in the District 5/6/8/9 Subregional final against top-seeded Somerset (10-1).  The Bison knocked off Somerset in the same game last year, 21-6.  The game will be played at Richland High School, located just outside of Johnstown.  The Bison have never played a game in Richland and have only played Somerset once, which was last year’s meeting.  The winner of Friday’s game will move on to face the winner of the District 4 championship between Selinsgrove and undefeated Jersey Shore.  An updated PIAA class AAA bracket can be found here.

District 9 Championship: Clearfield 35, Punxsutawney 8

CLEARFIELD

PUNXSUTAWNEY

46

RUSH ATTEMPTS 22

241

RUSH YARDS 16

3

RUSH TDs 0

2-7-1

COMP.-ATT.-INT. 6-14-0

82

PASS YARDS 68

2

PASS TDs 0

323

TOTAL YARDS 84

NOTES

  • Clearfield’s victory secured the program’s 5th straight District 9 championship and 6th in the last seven years.  The Bison are the only D9 team to win a class AAA championship this decade and have won those five games by an average score of 37.8 to 7.2.  Clearfield hasn’t allowed an opponent in the D9 game to score more than 8 points since a 26-14 win over Punxsutawney in 2010.
  • Saturday’s win also broke a series tie with the Chucks.  Clearfield now leads Punxsutawney 44-43-3 all-time.
  • The Bison now have a .500 record over the course of the 44 playoff games the school has played in its history.  Clearfield’s all-time playoff record now stands at 22-22.
  • Dustin Maines had three sacks versus Punxsutawney, giving him the school record for sacks in a season.  Maines has 13 this year, surpassing Christian Lezzer’s total of 12.5 in 2012.  Maines now has 14.5 career sacks, putting him 7th on the school’s career list.
  • Clearfield senior Erik Sellers broke the 1,000 yard barrier versus the Chucks, marking the 31st time in school history that a Bison has done so.  Sellers now has 1,018 yards and 20 rushing touchdowns this season.
  • With his two touchdown receptions on Saturday, Ryan Lezzer now has 12 touchdown catches in his career, putting him tied for 11th in school history with Todd Shaw (1999-2002).  This season, Lezzer has 29 catches for 585 yards and 9 touchdowns.  The 9 touchdown catches this season tie Lezzer for 8th in school history with Trey Campman (2009).
  • Junior quarterback Cody Spaid now has 961 yards passing in 2014, leaving him 39 yards shy of giving Clearfield its 26th 1,000 yard passing season ever.
  • Seth Caldwell is 99 yards shy of his first career 1,000 yard season.  Should he reach that mark, the Bison would have a 1,000 yard rushing tandem for the fourth time in the past seven seasons.  Caldwell currently stands at 1,701 career rushing yards.
  • The Bison have scored at least 26 points in each game this year and are averaging 34.8 points per game.  That average would rank 7th in school history if the season ended today.  In terms of total points, Clearfield’s 348 points ranks 11th on the all-time list and is 12 points from passing 2003’s total for 10th place.
  • Through 10 games this season, the Bison have allowed just 818 rushing yards on an average of 2.76 yards per carry.  On a per-game basis, the 2014 team currently has the third best rush defense of any team since 1937.  Its 81.8 rushing yards allowed per game trails only the 1952 team (74.2) and 2004 team (79.7) in school history.
  • The Bison get one more home game in 2014 as they will host Johnstown in the District 5/6/8/9 Subregional semifinals on Friday evening.  The winner will go on to face the winner of top-seeded Somerset and fourth-seeded Punxsutawney.

Week 9: Clearfield 50, Philipsburg-Osceola 3

CLEARFIELD

P-O

46

RUSH ATTEMPTS 29

233

RUSH YARDS 3

6

RUSH TDs 0

4-6-0

COMP.-ATT.-INT. 5-14-1

70

PASS YARDS 41

1

PASS TDs 0

303

TOTAL YARDS 44

NOTES

  • Clearfield has now scored at least 50 points against the Mounties in 3 of their past 5 meetings since 2010.  Since 2001, the Bison have averaged 44.6 points per game against P-O (10 meetings).
  • After giving up 35+ points in two of its first three games, Clearfield has held its opponents to 11.3 points per game over the past 6 contests.
  • The Mounties became the 6th team to rush for fewer than 50 yards against the Bison this season.  Through nine games, opponents are averaging just 2.93 yards per carry against Clearfield.
  • Offensively, the Bison crossed the 2,000 yard threshold on the ground and went over 3,000 yards of total offense this season.  Those totals now stand at 2,143 and 3,117, respectively.
  • For his career, Seth Caldwell sits at 1,609 rushing yards, good for 17th all-time in school history.
  • Erik Sellers sits just 37 yards from becoming the 31st Bison to surpass 1,000 career rushing yards.  His 18 rushing touchdowns this year ranks tied for 13th on the school’s single-season list with Dave Richards in 2001.
  • Ryan Lezzer moved into 20th place on the school’s career receiving yardage list.  He now has 740 yards in his two years on varsity and is just 20 yards behind Beau Ryan (2003-2005) for 19th place.  Lezzer’s 503 yards this season is the 27th 500+ yard receiving season by a Bison.
  • With the win, the Bison held onto the second seed in the District 5/6/8/9 Subregional.  They will take on Punxsutawney for the District 9 AAA title at 1 p.m. Saturday in DuBois.

Week 8: Clearfield 49, Bald Eagle Area 14

CLEARFIELD

BEA

41

RUSH ATTEMPTS 28

264

RUSH YARDS 74

4

RUSH TDs 1

7-9-0

COMP.-ATT.-INT. 7-13-1

131

PASS YARDS 93

3

PASS TDs 1

395

TOTAL YARDS 167

NOTES

  • Clearfield’s 131 yards passing against the Eagles was its most since throwing for 300 yards at Keyser in Week 1.
  • The Bison are currently averaging 238.8 rushing yards per game in 2014.  This season would be the 5th year in a row that Clearfield averaged 200+ yards per game on the ground if that average holds up.
  • Clearfield is averaging 351.8 yards of total offense per game through its first 8 games of 2014.  That average would rank 8th in school history; last year’s team set the school record with 385.8 yards per game.
  • With 809 passing yards this season, junior quarterback Cody Spaid is 191 yards from earning Clearfield’s 26th 1,000 yard passing season.
  • Erik Sellers now has 15 rushing touchdowns this season, which ranks tied for 17th in school single-season history.  Sellers’ total is tied with Ken Wisor (1998) and Tyler Stratton (2012).
  • Senior Dustin Maines now has 8.5 sacks this season after recording one against BEA, tied for 5th in school history with Christian Lezzer (2011) and David Hoover (2010).  Maines’ 10 career sacks ranks tied for 14th all-time with Tyson Johnson (2002-2004).
  • Nick Kovalick now has 206 career tackles and has sole possession of 5th place in school history.  He is just two tackles behind Jeremy Irwin (1996-1999) and three behind Brandon Hogue (2008-2010), meaning he could sit in third place after Friday’s game with Philipsburg-Osceola.  Seth Ford (2011-2013) holds the school record with 253 and is followed by Matt Meckey (1998-2001), who had 223.
  • Spencer Herrington’s 5 made extra points on Friday gave him an even 200 for his career.  In four years as the Bison kicker, Herrington is 200 for 209 on extra points and 9 for 9 on field goals, giving him 227 career kicking points.  He holds school records in all of those categories.
  • An updated look at the District 5/6/8/9 Subregional playoff standings is included below, thanks to the PIAA District 6 website.  Teams will not advanced based on total points, but rather average points because not all teams will play the same number of games.  Therefore, average point totals are included in the table below.  As noted by D9Sports.com, Clearfield’s District 9 championship game against Punxsutawney will count as a regular season game, meaning that points will be accrued by the winning team to put toward the subregional standings.  It also means that the team that loses that game is not automatically out of the subregional playoffs; if the team still has a top-4 point total, it will still advance to the subregional playoffs.
    • 1. Somerset – 102.5
    • 2. Clearfield – 87.5
    • 3. Johnstown – 68.75
    • 4(t). University Prep – 66.25
    • 4(t). Punxsutawney – 66.25
    • 6. Bellefonte – 22.5
    • 7. Bradford – 13.75

Week 7: Clearfield 26, Tyrone 14

CLEARFIELD

TYRONE

48

RUSH ATTEMPTS 22

195

RUSH YARDS 50

3

RUSH TDs 1

4-11-0

COMP.-ATT.-INT. 12-32-2

34

PASS YARDS 141

0

PASS TDs 1

229

TOTAL YARDS 191

NOTES

  • Clearfield has now won four of its past five meetings with Tyrone and each team the Bison have beaten during that stretch was a quality opponent.  The Golden Eagles went 10-2 and were riding a 35-game regular season winning streak when they fell to the Bison, 35-34, in 2008.  Tyrone went 8-4 in 2012, 9-3 last year, and were 6-0 this season before Friday’s loss.
  • Erik Sellers now has 1,165 career rushing plus passing yards, putting him at number 37 on the school’s all-time total offense list.  He is just 28 yards behind Bill Miller (1937-1939), who finished his career with an official total of 1,193 yards of total offense.  Sellers sits at 719 rushing yards this season, putting him 281 yards from becoming Clearfield’s 25th 1,000 yard rusher.
  • Seth Caldwell is close behind Sellers, needing 315 yards to also rush for 1,000 yards for the first time in his young career.  Caldwell currently sits at 1,485 career rushing yards, good for 18th place on the school’s all-time list.  He needs 28 yards to pass Justin Ingram (1994-1996) for 17th place.
  • With 7 tackles Friday night, Bison linebacker Nick Kovalick passed the 200 tackle mark for his career.  With his 201 career stops, Kovalick is currently in 6th place on the all-time list and is just 9 tackles from taking over 3rd place.  He passed former Bison Justin Karp (2005-2007), who had 199 career tackles, and Dennis Yohe (1995-1997), who had 196.
  • With Friday’s win, Clearfield is now 57-8 in its last 65 games, including 46-3 in its last 49 regular season games.  The Bison will travel to Wingate on Friday to take on Bald Eagle Area.

Week 6: Clearfield 41, Bellefonte 6

CLEARFIELD

BELLEFONTE

40

RUSH ATTEMPTS 47

439

RUSH YARDS 259

5

RUSH TDs 1

1-5-0

COMP.-ATT.-INT. 1-5-1

7

PASS YARDS 23

0

PASS TDs 0

446

TOTAL YARDS 282

NOTES

  • The 439 rush yards by the Bison mark the most gained by a Clearfield team since running for 452 yards against Central in 2008.  Friday’s output is the 6th-highest rushing yardage total in school history.
  • Over the past three games – all Bison victories – Clearfield is averaging 54 carries, 349.7 yards rushing and 4 touchdowns on the ground per game.
  • The Bison reached the 40 point threshold for the first time in 9 games after reaching that mark in 13 of their previous 23 games.
  • With a total of 29 tackles over the past two games, Nick Kovalick passed recent Clearfield graduate Christian Lezzer with his 194th career tackle.  Lezzer, who is now a freshman linebacker at Boston College, finished his high school career with 190 tackles.
  • Josh Funk, the former editor of the Pennsylvania Football News, tweeted that Erik Sellers and Seth Caldwell are on pace to continue an impressive recent run of Bison backfields:

  • Clearfield ran just 45 plays against Bellefonte, the team’s fewest plays run since running 44 in last year’s 51-7 District 9 championship game win over Bradford.
  • Thanks to poor weather conditions, the Bison and the Red Raiders combined for just 2 pass completions in the game.  That marks the fewest completions in a game featuring Clearfield since a 42-13 win over Juniata in 2011.  In that game, Juniata completed 2 of 6 passes while the Bison went 0 for 2.