Eagles drop 3rd straight game
By Todd Irwin
TYRONE – Tyrone has faced a brutal schedule in the last three weeks, facing unbeaten Bellefonte, Bald Eagle Area and Clearfield.
The Golden Eagles started the season 4-0, but they have suffered three straight losses.
“The Mountain League is tough,” Tyrone coach Jason Wilson said. “We’re in the middle of this stretch, and it’s a tough way out the whole rest of the season. We knew that going in, though.”
The third straight came at the hands of the Bison, who rode the arm of quarterback Isaac Rumery, who announced on Twitter Wednesday night that he had committed to play football at Penn State as a walk-on. On Friday night against Tyrone, he broke a school record that some thought might never have been broken.
Rumery, who needed 176 yards to break Chad Kroell’s career passing record, threw for 190 yards to break the record of 6,088 yards set in 1994. Rumery completed 13 of 17 passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-7 win over the Golden Eagles at Gray-Veterans Memorial Field.
“He’s a really good athlete,” Tyrone coach Jason Wilson said. “He’s got a cannon for an arm, and he has speed in their receivers. I thought overall we did pretty well with him. They’ve thrown a lot of deep passes on teams. I’m not sure if they had any deep passes besides their receivers making some plays after they caught the ball.”
“It definitely feels like a long goal accomplished,” Rumery said. “It’s definitely a dream come true to be one of the more elite quarterbacks in Clearfield history.”
Rumery could have gone to a smaller school on scholarship, but why Penn State?
“Just talking with their coaches and how good the connection felt, I just know that it’s going to be a great place to do well on and off the field,” Rumery said.
The 4-3 Eagles scored on the first series of the game as Zac Albright scored on a 5-yard run less than 4 minutes into the first quarter.
But the 7-0 Bison responded with a nine-play, 50-yard drive that ended with Caleb Freeland scoring on a 15-yard run. Rumery completed two passes on the drive.
When the Bison got the ball back, they went 50 yards again on 10 plays and scored on a Rumery 9-yard touchdown pass to Taye Lynch.
“I thought Isaac had a good game,” Clearfield coach Tim Janocko said. “They were playing so deep that we had to take a lot of short stuff, and our playmakers made some plays.”
It looked like Clearfield would take a 13-7 lead into the locker room at halftime, but Lynch intercepted Tyrone quarterback Denver Light, and returned the ball 22 yards to the Golden Eagle 23 with 1:34 left in the half.
On second down, Rumery hit a wide open Barrett Kline for a 23-yard scoring strike with 1:23 left. Rumery then connected with Jake Lezzer for two points and a 21-7 lead.
“That was his first varsity touchdown,” Rumery said. “I know he couldn’t have been more excited, and I couldn’t have been more excited for him.”
Clearfield’s first series of the second half went 65 yards on 10 plays and ended with Brett Zattoni scoring from the 1.
On their next series, the Bison needed only three plays to find the end zone. Zattoni went untouched up the middle 33 yards for a touchdown with 4:36 left in the third quarter.
“Honestly, I think we shut them down on a lot of (running) plays,” Wilson said, “but they snuck a trap on us and we didn’t close it down. They went up the middle for a long touchdown.”
“We got things going after awhile,” Janocko said. “Their front four is a good defensive line, and it took us awhile to get some things figured out.”
All that was left was whether Rumery would set the record against the Eagles. Rumery set the mark on a 22-yard completion to Lynch in the fourth quarter. Janocko took him out of the game after the next play.
The Eagles are back in action next Friday at home against Hollidaysburg. Clearfield takes on undefeated Bald Eagle Area (7-0) on the road.
“I still think that we haven’t put a whole game together,” Wilson said. “We showed signs of how we can play.”
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Clearfield 6 15 14 0 –35
Tyrone 7 0 0 0 — 7
T–Albright 5 run (Raabe kick), 8:08
C–Freeland 15 run (run failed), 4:12
C–Lynch 9 pass from Rumery (Hess kick), 8:55
C–Kline 23 pass from Rumery (Lezzer pass from Rumery), 1:23
C–Zattoni 1 run (Hess kick), 7:47
C–Zattoni 33 run (Hess kick), 4:36
TEAM STATISTICS C T
First downs 19 13
Total yards 387 218
Rushes-yards 40-197 22-28
Yards passing 190 190
Pass (comp.-att.-int) 13-18-0 17-27-2
Punts-avg. 2-32.0 4-36.2
Fumbles-lost 0-0 1-0
Penalties-yards 6-44 4-35
RUSHING: Clearfield–Zattoni 18-83, Freeland 8-71, Rumery 10-39, Plubell 2-3, Lezzer 2-1. Tyrone–Albright 13-34, Hicks 1-10, Lucas 1-4, Light 6-2, TEAM 1-(-22).
PASSING: Clearfield–Rumery 13-18-0-190. Tyrone–Light 13-22-2-140, Lucas 4-5-0-50.
RECEIVING: Clearfield–Lynch 4-66, Lezzer 5-59, Graham 2-30, Kline 1-23, Glass 1-12. Tyrone–Hicks 3-43, Lehman 4-38, Homan 3-30, Zimmerman 2-30, Albright 1-17, Clifton 1-13, Gripp 1-12, Graham 1-7.