Week 9: Clearfield (6-2) vs. Philipsburg-Osceola (0-8)
Written by: Billy Splain on Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
This week, the Bison host Philpsburg-Osceola in the final regular season game of 2014. Senior Night at the Bison Sports Complex features two historical rivals who will meet for the 55th time, although Clearfield played Philipsburg High School 35 times and Osceola Mills High School 19 times before the two schools merged in 1956. The Bison are 31-23 all-time against P-O; the team went 18-15-2 against Philipsburg and 14-3-2 against Osceola Mills.
More details about this week’s regular season finale:
Clearfield and P-O played every year from 1956 (when Philipsburg and Osceola Mills merged) through 2003. The two teams didn’t play from 2004-2007 but resumed the series in 2008 and have played every year since.
Despite the overall series being fairly close, Clearfield has dominated the matchup in recent years. Since 1992, the Bison hold a 16-2 advantage over the Mounties. P-O’s only wins during that span came in 1995 and 2011.
The 2011 win by the Mounties stood as the only regular season loss by the Bison over a span of 42 regular season games stretching from 2009 through the end of 2013. P-O’s 40-33 win featured the 4th most points Clearfield has allowed since the start of the 2008 season.
Philipsburg-Osceola also ruined a Clearfield bid for an undefeated season in 1989. The Bison finished 10-1 and just missed out on a state playoff berth in the second year of PIAA playoffs for football. Because the playoffs included only four teams statewide in 1989, the Bison loss to P-O allowed Hollidaysburg to advance to the playoffs over Clearfield. The Progress reported in that year that Clearfield would have advanced had Hollidaysburg fallen to Johnstown in the final week of the season.
In 2008, Cruise Kerr set the Clearfield school record for sacks in a game when he recorded 5 against P-O. The Bison won 35-0 and held the Mounties to (-13) yards on 27 carries and (-8) yards of total offense.
Bison players with 200+ yards rushing versus the Mounties:
Dave Richards – 325 (2002)
Christian Lezzer – 251 (2013)
Dave Richards – 217 (2001)
Pat Davis – 215 (1977)
Stu Wiggins – 209 (1951; Philipsburg High School)
Tom Krolick – 208 (1954; Osceola Mills High School)
Bison players with 250+ passing yards against P-O:
Curtis Frye – 289 (2009)
Chad Kroell – 271 (1994). Kroell also tied his own school-record with 7 TD passes in this game.
Bison players with 125+ receiving yards against the Mounties:
Trey Campman – 178 (2009)
Wes Dahlem – 141 (1994)
Brian Kaspick – 140 (2000)
Philipsburg-Osceola is averaging 12 points per game and has allowed 41.1. Their 2014 schedule is shown below:
vs. West Branch – L, 30-28
vs. Bald Eagle Area – L, 42-17
at Bellefonte – L, 36-0
vs. Tyrone – L, 42-3
at Chestnut Ridge – L, 48-7
vs. Penns Valley – L, 49-21
at Central – L, 40-7
vs. Huntingdon – L, 42-13
Friday – at Clearfield
Oct. 31 – at Bellwood-Antis
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