CLEARFIELD BEATS DUBOIS IN HALL OF FAME GAME
Written by: Phil Myers on Friday, August 24th, 2018
The Clearfield Bison scored touchdowns in every quarter to defeat the DuBois Beavers 28-3 at Mansell Stadium in DuBois Friday night. Clearfield earned the Hall of Fame Game trophy in a hard hitting rivalry contest. The Bison were led by their senior signal caller, Isaac Rumery as he threw for a TD and rushed for two more.
The game, at least in the first half, was closer than the score indicated as DuBois ran 15 more plays and the total yardage was equal, but the Beavers trailed at the half 14-3 because of the play of Rumery. Meantime, DuBois kept shooting themselves in the foot when they had the ball. “We moved the ball very well most of the game, but we just didn’t finish drives,” said Justin Marshall, DuBois’ head coach. Our defense played pretty well, but let Rumery make a couple of plays,” he continued.
The first play Rumery made was a 75 yard run on a quarterback draw one minute and twenty-four seconds into the game to put his team up 6-0. The PAT was blocked by 6’8″ Chase Husted. DuBois drove down the field and Dylan McCluskey kicked a 36-yard field goal to cut the lead in half. The second play Rumery made was a nice pass to Jake Lezzer for a 28-yard score on the first play after a DuBois turnover on a fumble. Rumery then connected with Eli Glass for the 2-point conversion to increase Clearfield’s lead to 14-3.
DuBois elected to forego the certain field goal near the end of the half, choosing instead to go for it on a fourth and three at the Clearfield nine. But the subsequent pass was incomplete. The Beavers received the second half kick and drove into Clearfield territory before once again being stopped on downs.
The Bison third quarter TD came when Rumery was forced out of the pocket on a pass play, but scrambled around breaking numerous tackles as he found his way into the end zone. “We made plays when we needed to and I was happy with the way the defense played to hold a team like that to three points,” stated Bison head coach Tim Janocko. “DuBois has a good football team and they are going to win a lot of football games,” he continued.
After the third Clearfield score, DuBois seemed to lose life and didn’t do much offensively thereafter. Caleb Freeland put the nail in the coffin at the 10:07 mark of the fourth quarter when he bulled his way to pay dirt from the nine breaking tackles along the way. With Clearfield up 28-3 both teams went to their second team offenses to finish the game. “Clearfield is definitely a tough team and they didn’t make the mistakes we did,” concluded Marshall.
Game Notes: Rumery was 8 of 16 passing for 118 yards with one TD and one INT. He ran the ball 8 times for 84 yards and 2 scores. Brett Zattoni added 68 yards on the ground for the Bison. For DuBois, Eric Schneider threw for 97 yards and had two picks in going 12 for 19. Dylan McCluskey ran for 75 yards on 17 totes. Next week Clearfield travels to Penns Valley and DuBois hosts General McLane. A nice crowd was on hand to witness the Bison victory and the halftime ceremony that inducted, among others, Justin Marshall into the DuBois Hall of Fame along with the legendary Geno Mikelonis.
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