Clearfield, Curwensville, C-L Pick up D9 Playoff Wins Friday


HYDE, Pa. (D9Sports) – Isaac Rumery ran for three touchdowns and threw for a fourth to lead top-seeded and unbeaten Clearfield to a 45-14 win over visiting DuBois in the District 6-9 Class 4A semifinals.

(Photo: Clearfield’s Isaac Rumery throws a touchdown pass Friday in the Bison’s win over DuBois. Rumery had one TD throwing and three rushing to lead the unbeaten Bison to the D6-9 Class 4A title game. Photo by Logan Cramer III)

Rumery, who ran six times for 89 yards and was 8 of 12 passing for 172 yards with an interception, scored on runs of 26, three and 66 yards and tossed a 78-yard touchdown pass to Jake Lexzzer, who caught two passes for 85 yards. Lezzer added a rushing touchdown and had three carries for 17 yards.

Caleb Freeland topped 100 yards rushing for Clearfield (11-0) with 12 carries for 140 yards and a touchdown, and Brett Zattoni just missed 100 yards going for 99 on 13 totes. Taye Lynch added four catches for 63 yards. Zach Hess added a 27-yard field goal, and Freeland had an interception on defense.

The Bison led 24-6 at halftime and then put the game away with 21 unanswered third-quarter points.

Fourth-seeded DuBois (4-7), which lost its 14th straight postseason game over a span of 22 years, scored on a 61-yard Eric Schneider to Andrew Boyle touchdown pass in the first half and then added a late touchdown.

Clearfield will face the winner of Saturday’s other semifinal game between Bradford and Bellefonte in the title game either Friday, Nov. 9, or Saturday, Nov. 10, at a time and location to be announced.

CLARION-LIMESTONE 48, OTTO-ELDRED 18

STRATTANVILLE, Pa. – Another strong night from Austin Newcomb helped Clarion-Limestone roll into the District 9 Class 1A semifinals with a 48-18 win over visiting Otto-Eldred.

Newcomb turned in his third straight game of at least 200 yards rushing and his sixth of the season with 270 yards and five touchdowns on 31 carries. He added two catches for 19 yards and also intercepted a pass on defense.

Scoring on first-half runs of 39, five and six yards, Newcomb helped the second-seeded Lions (9-2) to a 24-0 halftime lead. He then added scoring runs of 10 and 11 yards in the second half to get the game into the PIAA’s Mercy Rule.

Newcomb talked about the victory.

Ayden Wiles added a 100-yard performance on the ground with 16 carries for 110 yards including a 14-yard touchdown run. He went over 1,000 yards rushing on the season in the game.

Also setting a milestone for C-L was Colby Himes, who was 3 of 11 passing for 44 yards to go over 1,000 yards through the air on the season. Himes added a 1-yard scoring run.

Otto-Eldred used some big plays to score its three touchdowns.

A 40-yard double-reverse pass from Chase Sebastian to Cole Sebastian set up a 3-yard Cole Sebastian to Colton Geitler touchdown pass.

Charles then returned a kickoff 65 yards for a score, and Sebastian took off on a 77-yard run for the final score of the night for the seventh-seeded Terrors (5-6).

Prior to the long run by Sebastian, C-L had harassed the Otto-Eldred QB all night dropping him for a few sacks. He ended up with nine carries for 79 yards and the touchdown and was 15 of 32 passing for 109 yards, the touchdown and two picks.

Ethan Smith had six catches for 55 yards for O-E.

C-L will take on sixth-seeded Coudersport in the semifinals either Friday, Nov. 9, or Saturday, Nov. 10, at a site and time to be announced.

CURWENSVILLE 26, ELK COUNTY CATHOLIC 0

ST. MARYS, Pa. – Turning around a season-opening 20-point loss to Elk County Catholic, fifth-seeded Curwensville rolled past the fourth-seeded Crusaders, 26-0, at St. Marys High School.

Cole Bressler ran 16 times for 157 yards and three touchdowns in the victory for the Golden Tide (7-4), who also scored on a 27-yard Jacob Mullins field goal.

Behind Bressler, Curwensville ran for 212 yards in a game that only saw the Golden Tide outgain ECC (7-3) 357 yards to 328. Five turnovers by the Crusaders, two interceptions and three fumbles lost, and a blocked punt did in the home team, however.

Two of the turnovers came inside the Curwensville 30-yard line, a third in Golden Tide territory with the other two coming around midfield. ECC also turned the ball over on downs at the Curwensville 6-yard line.

Stephen Bobby led ECC with a game-high 194 yards rushing on 35 carries. Mason McAllister was 12 of 24 passing for 122 yards and the two picks.

Noah VonGunden threw for 145 yards on 7 of 13 passing for Curwensville with Jake McCracken catching five passes for 112 yards. McCracken also recovered the blocked punt deep in ECC territory leading to a Bressler touchdown run.

Curwensville will face top-seeded Smethport in the semifinals either Friday, Nov. 9, or Saturday, Nov. 10 at a site and time to be announced.


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