High school football preview: Clearfield at Philipsburg-Osceola

October 25, 2013 

Clearfield (8-0) at Philipsburg-Osceola (1-7)

Time: 7 p.m.

Coaches: C— Tim Janocko. PO— Jeff Vroman

Last meeting: Clearfield 42, P-O 7, last season

Key players to watch: C— Tyler Stratton, RB; PO— Jake Anderson, RB/DB

The skinny: Clearfield is looking to cap an unbeaten regular season and Philipsburg-Osceola will face a monumental task to prevent it.

The Bison have outscored their opponents 331-130, piling up at least 30 points in all but one of their games.

Clearfield has three legitimate threats in the backfield. Christian Lezzer has already topped the 1,000-yard mark with 1,102 yards and 18 touchdowns. Tyler Stratton, who had 203 yards in a 31-6 win over Bald Eagle Area last week, has 913 yards and 16 scores. Freshman Seth Caldwell adds 580 yards and five TDs.

The Bison are averaging nearly 350 yards per game and have scored 40 of their 47 touchdowns on the ground.

Those numbers don’t bode well for a Mountie defense that is giving up nearly 37 points per game.

The Mounties did show some grit last week before falling 28-21 at Huntingdon. Jake Anderson and Dustin Shuey each rushed for more than 60 yards and a touchdown.

Anderson, a sophomore cornerback, had nine tackles against the Bearcats.

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