BALD EAGLE TOWNSHIP – For all the positives Central Mountain took from its narrow loss at Bellefonte last week, there were few in Friday night’s 49-10 loss to a rebounding Clearfield squad.
The Wildcats battled for a while and pulled to within 14-7 early in the second period. But Clearfield junior quarterback Isaac Rumery was all but unstoppable all night long, with a hand in five of the seven Bison touchdowns. He passed for 287 yards on a 12-for-17 night with four touchdowns and also ran in one from seven yards out.
The Bison had a perfect blend of offense, 287 yards rushing, 287 yards passing, for a total of 574 yards. Central Mountain could not sustain the pace once Clearfield began to dent the scoreboard late in the first period, a Rumery to Micah Heichel 61-yard bomb. That score at the end of the period was followed by the same combination, Rumery to Heichel for 50 yards just a few minutes later.
The Wildcats answered with a 75-yard scoring burst from sophomore Rocco Stark to make it 14-7 with 9:26 to go in the first half. But Clearfield could not be stopped, opening a 21-10 halftime lead, Central Mountain’s last three points coming from a 36 yard field goal from Austyn Carson. It was 21-10 at halftime and Clearfield put up 28 unanswered points in the second half as reserves finished up.
Central Mountain never threatened in the second half and did not pick up a first down in the half until the game’s final moment, finishing with 189 yards of offense.
Clearfield broke a two-game losing streak in moving to 3-2 while Central Mountain fell to 0-5 with a trip to Mifflinburg (1-3) set for Friday, Sept. 29.
Other scores included Bucktail (3-2) by a 48-27 score over St. Joseph’s Academy and Jersey Shore (4-1), 29-13 over Montoursville (0-5).
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