CLEARFIELD — Several scintillating performances made it difficult for D9Sports.com editors to select the District 9 Football Player of the Week for Week 4, and they narrowed it down to a pair of backs the Clearfield defense faced the first two weeks of the season, with Max Kutz of Brookville edging Taylor O\’Brien of Bradford.
O\’Brien was named Player of the Week after Bradford\’s 56-35 win at Clearfield on opening night, racking up 124 yards and three touchdowns on only eight carries and making six tackles, including a sack. The Bisons held Kutz to 81 yards on 14 carries the following week in a 39-35 victory.
Also considered for the Week 4 honor were Redbank Valley sophomore Alex Bladel, 18 carries for 177 yards and three TDs, and a 39-yard TD reception in a 35-20 win over Clarion, and Ridgway junior Jerico Weitzel, 12 carries for 142 yards and four TDs, completing his lone pass for 32 yards and catching two passes for six yards in a 48-16 win over Sheffield.
Joining Bladel and Weitzel among the 15 players on the Honor Roll were Clearfield quarterback Andrew Janocko and end Doug Kephart and Curwensville quarterback Shawn Sopic and Nick Sipes. Janocko connected on 16 of 25 passes for 244 yards and two TDs and Kephart turned six receptions into 157 yards and two TDs as the Bisons topped Bellefonte 21-17. Sopic uses his legs to help key the Golden Tide\’s 6-29 victory over Cameron County, piling up 156 yards on nine carries and scoring twice, while Sipes carried 29 times for 121 yards and three TDs, kicked a 39-yard field goal and three PATs and ran for a pair of two-point conversions for a 28-point night.
The PFN has Bradford in AAA, Karns City in AA and Coudersport and Redbank Valley in A on its \”Others To Watch\” lists.
Two District 6 teams are ranked, State College ninth by The Patriot-News and 10th by PFN in Class AAA and Tyrone sixth in both ratings in Class AA.
Last week, C-L forfeited to North East the injury-depleted squad lost two more players were declared ineligible and Coach Todd Smith was concerned about the safety of his starters, for seven would have been freshmen. Because several of the frosh are in new positions, school officials decided to forfeit Friday\’s game against Brookville, too.
Athletic director Rick Beggs told D9Sports.com that C-L intends to resume its schedule against Keystone on Oct. 6.
Allegheny Mountain League South Division — Johnsonburg 4-0, Curwensville 3-1, Brockway 2-2, Elk County Catholic 2-2, Kane 2-2, Ridgway 2-2.