SPRING MILLS — The lightning wasnt the only thing electrifying on Friday night at Penns Valley.
The bad weather had nothing on Clearfields Tyler Stratton. The Bison running back/defensive back scored four touchdowns in less than 15 minutes as Clearfield rolled to a 47-0 victory over the Rams in a contest that was delayed more than 2 1/2 hours by lightning.
Stratton scored on the games second play from scrimmage, picking off a pass and going 34 yards for a touchdown just 17 seconds into the game. The rout was on for the Bison (2-0), who would score three times in the first 4:06.
Stratton would add scoring runs of 4, 1 and 8 yards as Clearfield scored on its first five offensive possessions.
I came out ready and focused, said Stratton, who rushed for 133 yards on just 12 carries.
I had my team out there to pull us through everything. It wasnt just me. Our linemen, they made perfect holes for me. I just run hard and with a lot of spirit.
The contest couldnt have started much better for the Bison, or much worse for the Rams (0-2).
On the second play from scrimmage, Penns Valley quarterback Cameron Tobias tried to find a receiver for a short gain, but Stratton a sliced in front of the target, picked off the toss in stride and ran untouched for the 34-yard score. Spencer Herringtons extra point made it 7-0.
It was very, very lucky, Stratton said. I just looked down and there was the ball. Then I was running for my life.
After its defense forced a three-and- out, Clearfield drove 52 yards for a score. Quarterback Christian Lezzer had a 21-yard strike to Stratton and a 13-yarder to Trey Jordan to set up his own 1-yard sneak to make it 14-0.
Penns Valley had the ball just one play on its next possession as linebacker Lezzer raced in untouched on a blitz, sacked Tobias, stripped the ball and recovered it at the Ram 15. Lezzer then ran 11 yards to set up Strattons four-yarder to make the score 21-0 with 7:54 left in the first quarter.
Tobias 13-yard run helped the Rams drive to the Bison 29, but a pass on fourth-and-5 was narrowly broken up.
Stratton ripped off a 21-yard run to open Clearfields next drive. He also had a pair of six-yard runs in the 69-yard march, which ended with his one-yard scamper. A botched snap on the extra point kept the score at 27-0.
The Bison drove 63 yards on their final possession before the lightning arrived. Stratton broke a tackle and broke loose for a 45-yarder on the second play. He powered in from eight yards out to make it 34-0 with 9:21 left in the half.
Less than a minute later, officials stopped the game.
Stratton had 10 carries for 103 yards before the delay. Lezzer was 4-of-5 for 33 yards and rushed five times for 40 yards.
At 10:35 p.m. the game resumed and Stratton and Clearfield picked up where they left off. Stratton had a 27-yard run before Lezzer hung a pass for Jordan, who soared over a Ram defensive back to snare the ball and trotted in for the score to make it 41-0 at the half.
Being the team we are, we goofed around a little bit, Stratton said of the delay. Then we got refocused, got everyone hyped back up, came out and showed we werent tired and ready for the worst.
With the running clock for the mercy rule, Clearfield coach Tim Janocko played mostly reserves over the final two quarters.
Penns Valley was able to make its deepest drive on its first possession of the half.
Taylor Collisons 24-yard run keyed the march. On fourth-and-goal from the 12, Tobias was flushed out of the pocket, rolled down the left sideline and dove for the pylon, but was ruled out at the Clearfield 2.
Clearfield tacked on a fourth-quarter score as Jesus Rosa rolled 18 yards around right end.
Lezzer finished 5-for-6 for 80 yards and rushed six times for 43. Jordan caught three passes for 66 yards.
Collison led the Rams with nine carries for 56 yards. Tobias, who had several passes dropped, was 5-for-13 for 44 yards and had eight carries for 44 yards.
Clearfield plays host to Central in a battle of unbeatens next Friday, while Penns Valley travels to unbeaten Bald Eagle Area.
Walt Moody can be reached at 231-4630. Follow him on Twitter @wmoodycdt