By Chris Rossetti
Here are some quick hitting notes from Week 7 of the 2013 District 9 High School football season.
- Clearfield and Clarion continued their long regular-season win streaks Friday night. The Bison needed a last minute Christian Lezzer touchdown to beat Tyrone 27-26 for their 20th straight regular-season win, while Clarion, after a slow start, rolled past Redbank Valley for its 17th straight regular-season victory. Clearfield needs one more win to tie Clarion (1999-2001) and Coudersport (2005-07) for the 11th longest regular-season win streak in D9 history. The Bison have actually won 39 of their last 40 regular-season contests
- Speaking of the streaks, Clearfield and Clarion also extended long conference win streaks with the victories. The Bison have now won 24 straight conference games in a row and Clarion has won 21 straight conference games, which ties the school record for consecutive conference victories. The Bobcats also won 21 straight conference games from 1999 to 2001.
- Two teams picked up their first wins Friday night with Moniteau knocking off St. Marys and Keystone topping A-C Valley. That leaves A-C Valley and Elk County Catholic as the lone winless teams in District 9. The last time District 9 didn’t have a winless team was in 2010 when A-C Valley, Clarion-Limestone, Ridgway and Sheffield each had one win. The last time there were multiple winless teams was in 2007 when A-C Valley finished 0-9 and Punxsutawney 0-10.
- ECC needs to a win to avoid its first winless season since going 0-9 in 1985.
- A couple of records were set Friday night, as Brookville’s Zach Vroman became the school’s all-time leading rusher with 3,323 yards, surpassing Joe Galbraith’s mark of 3,264 yards, and Clarion’s John Katis set a school mark for passing yards in a game with 327.
- Curwensville’s Zach Tibbens lugged the ball 47 times in the Golden Tide’s 27-24 win over Ridgway. Tibbens is averaging 29.2 carries per game this year.
- Even with Sheffield’s loss to Port Allegany Saturday, the Wolverines will face Smethport for the AML North title Saturday in Sheffield. Sheffield has never won an AML divisional title, and Smethport hasn’t won a divisional title since 2001. Sheffield’s last division title came in the old Allegheny Mountain League in 1964 (6-0 in conference and 9-0 overall).
- With 50 points vs. Redbank Valley Friday night, Clarion is averaging 56.9 points per game well above the District 9 record of 47.78 set by Port Allegany last year. Karns City, meanwhile, is averaging 46.28 ppg, which would be the fourth-highest total of all time behind Clarion this year, Port Allegany last year and Brockway (47.76) in 2010. Clarion scored 46.18 points per game in 2000.
- With its 77-0 loss to General McLane Friday night, Bradford has now been outscored 180-0 in its past three games and is allowing 60.5 points per game in its last four. The Owls are yielding 47 points per game on the year. The school record for points allowed per game in a season came last year at 34.8 ppg, and Bradford has only allowed 30 or more points per game four times in school history. Bradford hasn’t scored in a span of 151:31 since the 7:31 mark of the fourth quarter against Slippery Rock Sept. 20. In fact, Bradford has been shutout four times this year (one ended up being a forfeit win over Oil City) and has been shutout in five of its last eight games. Prior to that stretch, it had taken 73 games dating back to 2005 for opponents to shutout Bradford five times. The four shutouts are the most in a season against Bradford since 1984 when the Owls were blanked six times.