By Chris Rossetti
Week Four of the 2013 football season in District 9 provided us with more thrilling finishes, high-scoring offenses and great individual performances. Here is a look at what I saw from Friday night’s games.
Can anyone stop Clarion?
This is quickly becoming the question, as the Bobcats put up 62 more points Friday night in a shutout win at Moniteau. It marked the third time in four games Clarion has scored at least 60, and it was the fourth straight week the Bobcats Mercy Ruled an opponent with two of those – Karns City and Moniteau – being Class AA teams.
So how does Clarion’s scoring stack up with other District 9 offensive juggernauts?
A quick look shows that through four games this season, Clarion is outpacing last year’s record-setting offense of Port Allegany scoring 60 points per game compared to the Gators 56.25 points per game at the same point a season ago. The Bobcats are also shattering the scoring through four games of what is considered the best Clarion offense of all-time, the 2000 team. That year, Clarion was averaging a mere 44.25 points per game, although it should be noted that team had only given up seven points on the season through four weeks while this year’s team has allowed 26.
Feldbauer runs wild; sets St. Marys school rushing mark
Alex Feldbauer picked up where he left off last week for St. Marys rushing for an unofficial total of 308 yards and four touchdowns in the Dutch’s win over Clarion-Limestone. The 308 yards is being reported as a school record for the senior, who has run for 560 yards in the last two weeks.
Lezzer falls just shy of D9 rushing TD mark
A week after Redbank Valley’s Mark Strothers tied the District 9 rushing touchdown mark in a game with seven scores, Clearfield’s Christian Lezzer nearly equaled the feat running for six in the Bison’s blowout win over Huntingdon. The six are the second most in a game in Clearfield history behind the seven scored by Dave Richards in 2002. Lezzer scored five times in the first half alone and now has 13 rushing touchdowns on the season giving him the District 9 lead.
Getting defensive in Sheffield
With a 27-0 win at Cameron County Friday night, Sheffield recorded its first shutout in three season, 16 games. The last time the Wolverines blanked an opponent was Oct. 22, 2011, when they beat Smethport 18-0 at home.
Concern in Brockway about second-half defense?
If there isn’t, there should be concern in Brockway about the Rovers’ second-half defensive woes after Brockway blew a 31-14 third-quarter lead and lost to Kane 35-31. It marked the second time in three weeks Brockway watched a big second-half lead evaporate. Two weeks ago, the Rovers led Otto-Eldred 41-28 at halftime but trailed 48-41 late in the game before rallying to force overtime and eventually winning in the extra session.
Brockway has a great offense as evidence by the Rovers scoring 35 points per game, but if it is going to have a shot at the District 9 Class A title the defense is going to need to tighten up.
Clarion-Limestone starting to find its rhythm on offense
After being shutout in its first two games, Clarion-Limestone seems to be catching is rhythm offensively under first-year head coach Davey Eggleton scoring 63 points in its last two games, its best two-game offensive output since scoring a combined 72 points Sept. 11 and Sept. 18. In fact, the 63 points are just eight shy of C-L’s total from last season.
Coudersport may be D9’s most surprising team
After finishing 3-6 last season, not much was expected of Coudersport this season. But the Falcons are 3-1 and getting great production from quarterback Ethan Hite and do-everything back Coy Hoffman. Maybe I should have seen this coming considering the Falcons won two of their final three games last season with the lone loss coming in a hard-fought game to eventual District 9 Class AA runner-up Kane. The Falcons have to be considered one of the favorites to win the AML North title, something they haven’t done since winning their fifth AML North crown in a row in 2006.