HYDE — On a night when the Clearfield Bisons desperately needed a win, they used old-fashioned smashmouth football to get the victory.
Clearfield evened its record at 3-3, with a hard-fought 21-7 win over Central Mountain at the Bison Sports Complex on riday night. All the points were scored in the first half of the contest. Central Mountain fell to 2-4 with the loss.
Clearfield — which turned the ball over five times in a 10-point loss to Bellefonte last week — turned the ball over just twice in the Homecoming victory.
The Bisons jumped out to a 7-0 lead on their first drive of the game. Using only runs to march down the field, Clearfield ot on the board when running back Toby Young burst through the line for a 12-yard touchdown spurt. Parker Herrington added the point after and the Bisons had a 7-0 lead with 8:22 to play in the opening stanza.
Clearfield added to its lead just five minutes later. This time, quarterback Jarrin Campman scored on a 5-yard run. Again, Herrington added the PAT. With 3:22 to play in the first quarter, Clearfield had a solid 14-0 lead.
Make no mistake about it, Clearfield was in complete command of the game.
The Bisons were driving for a score that would have given them a 21-0 lead, but Campman threw his first and only nterception of the night. He over threw wideout Drew Hipps and the ball was easily picked by Skyler Coover. Coover landed at the 2-yard line and Central Mountain took over there.
Backed up, the Wildcats needed a big play — and that\’s exactly what they got. Quarterback Cody Dolan threw a perfect pass to wideout Caleb Blazina, who gathered the ball in along the Bison sideline and raced 96 yards before Campman tackled him at the Bison 1-yard line.
On the very next play, the Wildcats hit paydirt. Running back Matt Overdorf pounded the ball in from a yard out and Nathan Conway hit the PAT to make it 14-7 with 3:57 left in the first half.
Just like that, Central Mountain was making a game of things.
Although they\’d let the Wildcats back in the game, they weren\’t done scoring themselves. Following a Central Mountain turnover, Campman connected with Hipps on a 40-yard pass play. Then, with just nine seconds left in the half, Campman found Hipps in the back of the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown strike.
Herrington hit the point after to make it 21-7 at the break. In the second half, Clearfield simply ran the ball right at Central Mountain and the Wildcats were helpless against the Bisons. Although the Bisons never found the end zone, they controlled the ball and kept Central Mountain\’s offense on the sidelines.
The Bisons did not commit a turnover in the second half.
EXTRA POINTS: Bison running back Isiah Morgan was banged up and did not play in the contest. … Clearfield is back in action on Friday, traveling to Lewistown to take on unbeaten Indian Valley (6-0).
Clearfield 21, Central Mountain 7
Score by Quarters
Central Mountain 0 7 0 0 — 7
Clearfield 14 7 0 0 — 21
C—Toby Young 12 run (Parker Herrington kick), 8:22.
C—Jarrin Campman 5 run (Herrington kick), 3:22.
CM—Matt Overdorf 1 run (Nathan Conway kick), 3:57.
C—Drew Hipps 10 pass from Campman (Herrington kick), 0:09.