Clearfield (6-1) vs. Bald Eagle Area (1-6)
Written by: Billy Splain on Thursday, October 22nd, 2015
Friday night will mark the 44th meeting between Clearfield and Bald Eagle Area, with the Bison holding a 26-17 advantage all-time. However, the Eagles have scored some big wins over the Bison:
- In 2009, BEA beat the Bison 34-21; following that loss, Clearfield would begin a 58-game stretch in which they have gone 54-4 through last week’s win over Tyrone.
- The Eagles hammered Clearfield 52-6 in Week 3 of the 1991 season. The loss still stands as the 3rd largest for the Bison since 1937.
- In the first game of the series, BEA eked by Clearfield 13-12 even though the Bison rushed for 295 yards.
Despite these BEA wins over the years, Clearfield has dominated the series lately, going 14-2 since 1996. No matchup or single-game performance has been as impressive as the game Bison running back Dave Richards had against BEA in 2002. The PDF of the game story and boxscore from The Progress (found on http://www.newspaperarchive.com) is linked below:
Richards steamrolled the Eagles, rushing 16 times for 363 yards and 7 touchdowns. In the first half alone, Richards ran 12 times for 314 yards and 6 scores. For reference, Richards was just 11 yards from tying the school single-game record for rushing…at halftime. He had set that record himself against Philipsburg-Osceola the week before he ran over Bald Eagle.
The game took place in a steady downpour, leaving the old grass field at the Bison Sports Complex an expanse of thick mud. A number of games during the 2002 season were played in wet weather, but that didn’t deter Richards from rushing for a still-standing school record 2,515 yards that season. Against Bald Eagle, Richards gained 224 yards on his touchdown runs alone while the Eagles gained 81 yards of total offense all game. By the end of the Bison’s 49-7 win, Richards had broken the school’s single-season rushing record following just the seventh game of the year.
- This year’s version of the Eagles have struggled offensively, scoring just 60 points in seven games. BEA has been shut out in three of its last four games.
- Following last week’s 34-17 win over Tyrone, Clearfield has all but wrapped up the Mountain League crown. Season-ending wins over Bald Eagle and Philipsburg-Osceola would clinch an outright title for the Bison.
- With 113 yards against the Eagles Friday night, junior running back Seth Caldwell would become the 26th Bison to reach 1,000 yards rushing in a single-season. Caldwell got close to the milestone in his freshman and sophomore years, rushing for 800 and 995 yards, respectively.
- Caldwell is also just four carries from becoming the fourth Bison to hit 500 for his career. Christian Lezzer (586), Richards (564), and Isiah Morgan (544) are the only other Clearfield players to surpass 500 carries.
- In last week’s win, senior quarterback Cody Spaid threw his 20th career touchdown pass, putting him 12th in school history. Bruce Graham (1987-89) sits in 11th place with 23 passing scores.
- Spaid is 112 passing yards from becoming the 13th Clearfield quarterback to reach 2,000 in his career.
- With his next reception, junior Ryan Lezzer will tie Jacque DeMatteo (1983-85) for 13th place on the career list, with 65. Lezzer passed the Bison’s former all-time leader in receptions – Matt Solomon (1990-92) – in career receiving yards last week and now has 1,175. He sits 11 yards behind Adam Jury (2004-06) for 11th place in career yards.
- Matt Collins became Clearfield’s 8th player since 1993 to record 100 tackles in a season. Now sitting at 105 for the year, he needs 21 to break Seth Ford’s record from 2013. Teammate Christian Rumery needs just 9 tackles to become the 9th Bison with a 100 tackle season.
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