There are times when the pure, unvarnished truth is the only way to tell a story.
So here it is: Clearfield was as unstoppable as sunrise as it rolled over Philipsburg-Osceola 50-3 at the Bison Sports Complex here Friday night.
The Bison ran for 229 yards, threw for 71 more and held the Mounties to a grand total of 40 yards in total offense including minus-two yards rushing.
And no, the numbers don’t lie.
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Clearfield scored the first five times it had the ball, didn’t have to punt once and began substituting in the second quarter as it improved to 7-2 while dropping the Mounties to 0-9. Worse, the Mounties lost two players to injuries, leaving Coach Mike Soyster with 19 bodies in the second half..
“It gets interesting, trying to find the right people to go in, he said. “We’re a work in progress. The kids have been practicing hard. We spent all week working on tackling.
“But Clearfield is a fantastic team and you can’t make mistakes against a team like that. If you do, all of the little things begin to add up.”
The adding machine began whirring right away as the Bison took possession of the ball on their own 47 after the Mounties lost 10 yards on a bad snap on fourth down. It took them eight plays to get on the scoreboard as Cody Spaid connected with Ryan Lezzer for a 24-yard TD pass and Spencer Herrington kicked the PAT at the 6:24 mark.
A Jake Anderson pass was picked off by Erik Sellers at the Mountie 25 and returned to the 9 on P-O’s next possession. Sellers scored from the 7 two plays later and Herrington made it 14-0 at the 4:56 mark.
Sellers capped a 47-yard drive when he scored from the 1 on Clearfield’s next possession and Herrington made it 21-0.
After P-O turned the ball over on downs at its own 48 Clearifeld got on the board again as Sellers scored from 24 yards out and Herrington kicked the extra point.
On its last possession of the half Clearfield’s Cory Shimmel scored from three yards out with 3:08 left in the half but the Mounties blocked Herrington’s extra-point kick.
When P-O got the ball back Anderson broke loose for a 65-yard touchdown run only to have it wiped out by a holding call. Still, the Mounties mounted a drive to the Clearfield 20 where Aaron Boumerhi missed a 37-yard field goal try.
Clearfield scored on its first two possessions of the second half to put the Mercy Rule into effect as Shimmel scored from 15 yards out and Curtis Daub went in from the 1 with 4:40 to go in the third quarter. Herringnton made it 48-0 and a safety on P-O’s Next possession when a high snap on a punt sailed into the end zone where Kyle Hawkins covered it.
The Mounties got their only points the next time they got the ball when Boumerhi kicked a 26-yard field goal with 11:55 left in the game for the final points.
“P-O played hard and that’s a credit to them,” said Bison coach Tim Janocko. “Anderson runs hard. We tried to get some of kids in there in the second quarter, some seniors who haven’t played much. We substituted as freely as we could. Everyone got in the game and everyone contributed. It was a really good night tonight.
““We respect everyone we play. We just have to come out and take care of ourselves, do the things we need to do but with respect for our opponent.”
P-O closes its season Friday when it visits Bellwood-Antis.