Clearfield Shuts Out Dubois
Written by: Phil Myers on Saturday, August 26th, 2017
The DuBois Beavers waddled over the mountain to tussle with Clearfield Friday night at the Bison Sports Complex in Hyde. The Bison were not intimidated by DuBois and sent the Beavers scurrying home by defeating them 21-0. In fact, most Bison players were looking for redemption since DuBois won last year’s meeting.
Clearfield’s QB Isaac Rumery was the star of the game accounting for all three Bison scores, two via the air and one on the ground. Plus, he more than adequately covered one of the top receivers in Pennsylvania in Kyle Hopson, limiting him to only 3 catches for 32 yards. “Ever since we lost to DuBois last year we’ve been practicing for them all summer long,” Isaac said. “He’s (Hopson) an amazing receiver and all summer I knew I’d be covering him. I just did the best I could,” he continued.
Clearfield’s defense played a vital role too, coming up big time after time, stopping DuBois in their territory six times during the course of the game including the first three times the Beavers had the pigskin. Tim Janocko, Clearfield’s coach, summed the game up by saying, “Tribute our defense, they did a fantastic job. But, we made plays when we needed to offensively. Our offensive line got better as the game went on and took control.” This was evidenced by Clearfield recovering a fumble at their own 32 with 11:47 left in the fourth quarter and proceeding to use up all that time by driving 66 yards in 20 plays to end the game sitting at the Beaver two yard line.
The Dam Builders drove to the Bison 36 before turning the ball over on downs to begin the game. Then an interception gave DuBois the ball at Clearfield’s 19, but they turned it over on downs at the 14. After an exchange of punts, the Bison put together a 94 yard scoring drive. Rumery went 3 for 3 passing for 69 of those yards including the 5 yard scoring strike to Spencer Graham. Jakob Sorbera’s first of three PATs gave Clearfield a 7-0 at the 11:23 mark of the second quarter.
The Beavers’ Andy Weese recovered a fumble at the Clearfield 22 later in the quarter, but once again the Bison ‘D’ stood its ground. Rumery and company took over at their own 16 with 6:12 left in the half and proceeded to drive 84 yards to score TD number two of quarter two. Elijah Glass had the honors of scoring this time for Clearfield by hauling in a four yard pass from Rumery with only 48 ticks left on the clock. Sir Isaac pitched the pigskin for 55 yards and ran for another 20 during that drive. At half time it was Clearfield 14 DuBois 0.
The second half saw Clearfield completely dominate running 36 plays to 12 for DuBois and outgaining them 179 to 47 in yardage. The only score was an electrifying 62 yard run by Rumery which developed when he dropped back to pass and had to scramble away from pressure from the Beavers. That happened with 1:09 remaining in the third. “Rumery made some big plays for us,” Janocko stated and that was definitely one of them. Isaac finished the game completing 11 of 18 passes for 181 yards. He also ran for 67 yards.
Notes: Clearfield started freshman Jacob Lezzer in the secondary. He also caught a pass on offense as a wide receiver and returned kicks. The Bison converted 4 of 5 attempts on fourth down, while the Beavers were 0 for 3. Ty Bender was the workhorse for the Bison ground game rushing for 53 yards on 17 carries. Dylan McCluskey was the Beavers’ main ball carrier getting 70 yards on 16 totes. Clearfield had 19 first downs to only 7 for DuBois. The Beavers also hurt themselves by committing ten penalties for 92 yards, including a holding call that negated a touchdown pass. DuBois’ QB, Matt Miller, was 7-21 for only 58 yards. Clearfield hosts Penns Valley next week, while DuBois travels to Conneaut.
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