Central Mountain Self-Destructs In 42-14 Loss
Written by: William Albright on Saturday, October 2nd, 2010
By BILL ALBRIGHT
CLEARFIELD — If you expect to beat an unbeaten football team on its home turf, you had better keep your mistakes to a minimum. Unfortunately for Central Mountain, that didn’t happen when Freddy Fumble and Ivan Interception appeared on the Bison Stadium scene six times as the Wildcats self-destructed into a 42-14 loss at the hands of Clearfield.
“I dialed it up at the beginning of the game,” said Central Mountain head coach Steve Turchetta. “They had 21 points on only 65 yards total offense. The turnovers gave them a short field and you can’t do that and expect to come out with a win. When we got ourselves down 21, we were never able to get out of the hole.”
The handwriting became very clear on the opening kickoff when the Wildcats lost their first fumble. Five plays later, it was Clearfield 7, Central Mountain 0.
Following the Bison’s first score, two plays is all it took for the Wildcats to put the ball on the grass for the second time and five plays later, it was 14-0 Clearfield midway through the first period.
On the first play following the ensuing kickoff, Derek Morgan stepped in front of a Cole Renninger aerial and returned it to the CM 24. Three plays later, the Bison lead ballooned to 21-0 less than eight minutes into the game, and the rout was on.
“We got down there on the goal line and I thought we were going to turn some things around,” Turchetta said. “But again it was another fumble and you just can’t do that and win. We had six turnovers and with that many turnovers, it just felt like nothing could go right for us. That was the key to the game.”
Trailing by 21 points, the Wildcats got on the board for the first time in the game when they drove 70 yards on nine plays aided by a pair of 15-yard penalties assessed to the Bison. On the first play of the second period, quarterback Renninger tossed a nifty 24-yard scoring aerial to Tyler Buckwalter in the corner of the end zone. Connor Garbrick’s PAT cut the Bison lead to 21-7 six seconds into the second quarter.
On the third play following the Buckwalter score, Carmen Blazina stepped in front of a Curtis Frye pass and returned the theft to the Clearfield 6-yard stripe. But as fate would have it for the ‘Cats, they coughed up the ball on the first play following the turnover and the Bison answered the opportunity by driving 91 yards on 11 plays, Frye scoring his third of four touchdown runs of one yard for the backbreaker.
“I thought when that happened the kids really deflated and we lost our intensity,” said Turchetta. “Whatever momentum we had (with the score and interception) went right back over to Clearfield. When they drove clear down to the other end of the field and scored, it kind of put the end to everything.”
Just before halftime, Frye scored his fourth touchdown to make the Clearfield lead 35-7 before they put it in Mercy Rule situation with a 125-yard TD jaunt by Beau Swales on Clearfield’s first possession of the second half.
Down by 42-7, the Wildcats set the final with 4:28 left in the game on a 5-yard run by Kaylye Mosier followed by Garbrick’s second conversion.
In light of the lopsided loss, Turchetta feels that his club can take some positives from the loss into next week’s game with Tyrone.
“I just told the kids we just have to go back and continue to work hard,” said Turchetta. “We won two games and we are an inexperienced varsity football team that needs to learn how to deal with winning. I don’t know that we dealt real well with winning so now we have to go back to the drawing board and correct come of the mistakes and get back at it.”
Central Mountain 0 7 0 7 — 14
Clearfield 21 14 7 0 — 42
C — Curtis Frye 1 run. (Zach Fannin kick). (9:34)
C — Frye 1 run. (Fannin kick) (6:07)
C — Derek Morgan 5 run (Fannin kick). (4:41)
CM — Tyler Buckwalter 24 pass from Cole Renninger. (Connor Garbrick kick) (11:54)
C — Frye 1 run (Fannin kick). (5:45)
C — Frye 1 run (Fannin kick). (1:55)
C — Beau Swales 15 run. (Fannin kick) (2:24
CM — Kaylye Mosier 5 run. (Garbrick kick). (4:28)
Team Statistics CM C
First Downs 10 15
Rushes-Yards 29-84 44-193
Passing Yards 76 107
Passing 5-16-2 5-8-1
Fumbles-Lost 7-4 2-2
Penalties-Yards 2-17 5-64
Central Mountain: Zach Corl 8-31, Von Walker 5-14, Drew Alexander 1-12, Rocco Vuocolo 6-10, Cole Renninger 6-8, Blaze Buckwalter 1-5, Kaylye Mosier 2-4, 1 TD.
Clearfield: Derek Morgan 13-78, 1 TD; Beau Swales 8-65, 1 TD; Curtis Frye 11-30, 4 TDs; Christian Lezzer 4-22, Dylan Graham 4-3; Rico Longoria 3-minus 3; Michael Trude 1-minus 2.
Central Mountain: Nick Guerriero 3-12, 51 yards; Cole Renninger 2-4, 25 yards, 2 interceptions.
Clearfield: Curtis Frye 5-8, 107 yards.
Central Mountain: Tyler Buckwalter 2-50, 1 TD; Justin Allen 2-25; Rocco Vuocolo 1-1.
Clearfield: Beau Swales 2-47, Andrew Redden 1-31, Derek Danver 1-17, Derek Morgan 1-12.
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