Week 4: Clearfield (2-1) vs. Huntingdon (2-1)
Written by: Billy Splain on Thursday, September 24th, 2015
In the 1998 PIAA state playoffs, Huntingdon and Clearfield played one of the most entertaining – and high-scoring – games in Pennsylvania playoff history. After drawing to a 28-28 halftime tie at Punxsutawney’s Jack LaMarca Memorial Stadium, Huntingdon took advantage of a number of Bison turnovers to come away with a 68-34 win, ending Clearfield’s season at 11-1.
At the time, the 102 total points scored made it the highest-scoring PIAA first round game ever in the AAA classification. Clearfield gained 458 yards on 75 plays, but gave up 473 to the Bearcats, who averaged an even 11 yards per play on the night. The dueling offenses put up more impressive statistics:
- Clearfield did not trail all season (11.5 games) until Huntingdon’s Chad Brindle had a 57-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter. The Bearcats would outscore Clearfield 40-6 in the second half.
- Brindle gained 243 yards on the ground in just 15 carries, good for more than 16 yards per carry. He scored both of his touchdowns in the third quarter.
- Jimmy Lewis is still the only Bison to ever rush for 200 yards in a game in which Clearfield lost. He rushed 28 times for 222 yards and 3 touchdowns.
- Kenny Wisor gave Clearfield two rushers with over 100 yards, gaining 111 on 18 carries.
- Huntingdon quarterback Paul Kozak completed just 6 of 14 passes, but 4 completions went for scores and he passed for 198 yards.
Huntingdon would beat Perry the next week, 44-18, before falling to state runner-up Moon, 21-0, in the PIAA Western Final. The Bison’s 1998 season would end that night, as would the careers of Wisor and Lewis, who graduated as the program’s 2nd and 4th all-time leaders in rushing yards, respectively.
- The 2015 Bearcats have earned wins over Mount Union (17-13) and Bellefonte (27-6). Huntingdon fell to Tyrone last week, 42-27.
- Friday will be the 26th meeting between the Bison and Bearcats. The two teams first met in 1914, a game Clearfield won, 54-0. The all-time series is tied 12-12-1.
- Huntingdon is the second-oldest opponent on Clearfield’s 2015 schedule. Other years of the first meeting between Clearfield and its Mountain League opponents:
- Central – 1981
- Tyrone – 1925
- Bellefonte – 1913
- Penns Valley – 2007
- Bald Eagle Area – 1964
- Philipsburg-Osceola – 1956
- Philipsburg HS – 1909
- Osceola Mills HS – 1914
- In addition, Clearfield first played Brockway in 2006. This year was the team’s first meeting with Week 1 opponent, Fort Hill (MD).
- Seth Caldwell passed 2,000 career rushing yards in last week’s victory at Central. Caldwell now sits at 2,096 career yards, 147 behind Pat Davis (1975-77) for 12th in program history.
- Ryan Lezzer now has 51 career receptions, giving the Bison 19 players with at least 50 catches in a career. Lezzer is just 23 receiving yards from reaching 1,000 for his career.
- Matt Collins and Christian Rumery continue to be tackling machines for the Bison. Collins leads the team with 53 (17.7/game), while Rumery is second with 43 (14.3/game).
- Huntingdon entered the season ranked 13th in Pennsylvania history in program wins, with 668. They now sit at 670-355-39 in 1,064 games. Clearfield entered 2015 tied for 53rd with Mechanicsburg with 556 all-time wins. Clearfield enters this Friday’s game with a program record of 558-461-38 in 1,057 games. All-time wins for each program in Pennsylvania (active and defunct) entering 2015 can be found here
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