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Clearfield wins D6-9 Sub Regional Title with 49-21 win over Bellefonte

Written by: on Saturday, November 10th, 2018


Isaac Rumery takes off. Photo Kaitlyn Berkey

Two teams line up to battle Photo Kaitlyn Berkey

Brett Zattoni rushed for 137 yards and 2 tds, Caleb Freeland added 107 yards and 3 scores and Issac Rumery ran the ball 7 times for 50 yards and 2 scores leading the Bison to the District 6-9 subregional title. “Our line did a great job for us tonight” said winning head coach Tim Janocko. “I’m real happy for the kids tonight”.  Clearfield jumped out to a quick 21-0 lead on Zattoni’s 2 touchdown runs. The first came after the Bison defense held Bellefonte to a three and out on their first series and forcing a punt that put Clearfield in good field position at their 43. On the drive Rumery found Taye Lynch for a 22 yard pick up, then a few plays later Zattoni went around the left end for a 19 yard td, carrying two Bellefonte defenders into the end zone. The second came as the result of  a failed fake punt, setting up the Bison at the Raiders 35. A 16 yard toss the Jake Lezzer put them on the 20, and a few plays later Zattoni went in from 8 yards out.

“Any time you can get good field position it’s an advantage” said Janocko. Clearfield’s next possession began at the Raider 32 when Rumery recovered a fumble. Freeman got his first score of the night on a six yard run, putting the Bison up 21-0 with 2:34 left in the first quarter. “We just didn’t play are best game tonight, and Clearfield’s a really good team” said Bellefonte Head Coach Shannon Manning. “The fake punt was a choice call. He saw something and it didn’t work. It’s really hard to dig yourself out of that spot.” Bellefonte battled back, driving 85 yards on the legs of Kyle Myers. The senior qb ran the ball 8 times for 54 yards, then found Noah Badger over the middle making the score 21-7.

Jake Lezzer Photo Kaitlyn Berkey

But it was to be Clearfield’s night as they moved the ball at will. On the next possession Rumery connected with Lynch again for a 26 yard gain, then called his own number going in from 11 yards out. The kick failed leaving the score 27-7. The Raiders never gave up, and once again Myers led them to the endzone to make it a 35-14 game.  The Bison put the game out of reach, again gaining good field position at their 44 after recovering an onside kick attempt by Bellefont. Rumery launched one deep into the hands of Lezzer for a 42 yard play to the 5, then called his number once again  for a one yard score, putting the score at 42-14 after the two point play conversion. Lezzer had 4 catches for 82 yards on the night.

Freeman would score once more for Clearfield, and Mason Grey capped the scoring. Clearfield will face Cathedral Prep, a 52-8 winner over University Prep, at a site/date and time to be determined.

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