High School Sports

New stadium, same-old struggles for Philipsburg-Osceola football

Philipsburg-Osceola played in its new stadium, for the first time under the lights, during a 49-7 loss to Clearfield.
Philipsburg-Osceola played in its new stadium, for the first time under the lights, during a 49-7 loss to Clearfield. lfalce@centredaily.com

It was a beautiful night at a beautiful stadium — but the football? Not so much, at least from Philipsburg-Osceola’s standpoint as the Mounties fell to Clearfield 49-7 on Senior Night.

It was the inaugural game under the lights at P-O’s new field — the Mounties played their final game of last season on the turf on a Saturday afternoon — and coach Mike Mann was expecting a little more than he got from his squad.

“I thought we came out flat,” he said. “I thought with it being Senior Night under the lights they would be up. I don’t understand it. I was expecting something more.”

From his team, that is. He knew what to expect from the Bison, who were coming off last week’s loss to Bald Eagle Area and immediately put the ball in the air as Isaac Rumery connected for touchdowns on the first two passes he threw.

On Clearfield’s first snap, Rumery found Jacob Lezzer behind the P-O secondary and hit him for a 63-yard score. Jakob Sorbera made it 7-0 with 10:47 to go in the quarter.

The next time Clearfield got the ball, it took two plays to get on the scoreboard. This time Rumery hit Micah Heichel for a 30-yard score and Sorbera’s kick made it 14-0 at the 9:06 mark.

“Rumery throws a good ball,” Mann said. “And they have good receivers. As soon as they got those two scores, the heads went down.”

Clearfield coach Tim Janocko said the aerial attack was by design.

“Those long passes took the wind out of their sails,” he said. “We wanted to get on top right away if we could. I thought our kids executed. They looked good. And their kids seemed to be fired up for this game. This is a beautiful field.”

The Bison stayed on the ground for their next score, running the ball on six of seven plays to go 61 yards with Brett Zattoni taking it in from 14 yards out with 10:04 to go in the half.

Clearfield got its next score from its defense when Zach Horton scooped up a Daniel “Bubba” Slogosky fumble at the 26 and took it in. Sorbera’s PAT kick hit the upright and bounced away, leaving the score at 27-0.

With 1:07 left in the half the Bison met the mercy rule standard when Rumery connected with Heichel for a 17-yard score and then hooked up with him again to make it 35-0 with 1:07 remaining in the half.

The Bison went back to the air to start the second half, this time a 72-yard strike from Rumery, who threw for 214 yards and four scores, to Taye Lynch. Sorbera’s kick made it 42-0 at the 10:07 mark.

Caleb Freeland scored from the 5 for Clearfield’s final score at the 11:34 mark of the fourth quarter, while Slogosky scored from two yards out for P-O’s lone TD. Keegan Soltis kicked the PAT for the Mounties with 5:35 left in the game.

“Coming in we knew that kid (Slogosky) threw for 1,000 yards and they have some pretty good receivers,” Janocko said. We wanted to bounce back from last week and hopefully this will allow us to get some momentum going. We’re young. We only have six seniors — and one of them is the kicker — so we need to keep working.”

P-O will travel to Curwensville at 7 p.m. Friday.