CLARION — Finishing the season with five straight losses, the defending champion Clarion Bobcats dropped their District 9 Class 2A preliminary matchup in a 20-14 loss to Moniteau at Clarion University’s Memorial Stadium last Friday night.
The Bobcats (6-5) tied the game on Logan Minich’s 5-yard run with 4:03 left, but Moniteau responded with a game-winning 1-yard run from Cody wise with 1:53 remaining.
Moniteau (7-4), which advances to Saturday’ semifinal game in DuBois against top-seeded Ridgway, scored twice on defense as Nick Martino returned a fumble 62 yards for a score and Donavan Francois 55-yard interception return.
Wise finished with 168 yards on 24 carries. Martino had eight tackles with the big fumble recovery return and interception to lead the Warriors’ defense.
Sam Minich ran for ran for 167 yards on eight carries for the Bobcats.
In other D9 playoff games last weekend:
C-L 48, Otto-Eldred 18
STRATTANVILLE — Austin Newcomb continued to pile up big numbers as the No. 2-seeded Lions took care of the Terrors for the second time this season.
Newcomb ran for 270 yards on 31 carries and scored five touchdowns on runs of 39, 5, 6, 10 and 11 yards. At 2,442 yards rushing for the season, he’s 158 shy of tying the district’s single-season mark of 2,600 set by Curwensville’s Alex Holland in 2010.
The Lions, who beat the Terrors 74-34 back on Sept. 29, also got 110 yards on 16 carries from Ayden Wiles.
Chase Sebastian ran for a 77-yard touchdown and threw a TD pass while Charles Lee scored on a 65-yard kick return for the Terrors, who finished 5-6.
Elk Co. Catholic 0
ST. MARYS — Avenging a season-opening 34-14 loss at home to the Crusaders, Curwensville (7-4) shut them out this time and advanced to the semifinals against top-seeded Smethport.
Cole Bressler ran for 157 yards on 16 carries and scored three touchdowns and Jacob Mullins kicked a 27-yard field goal. Noah VonGunden threw for 145 yards with Jake McCracken catching five passes for 112 yards.
But the biggest theme was the Golden Tide’s defense that helped ECC turn the ball over five times, two of them inside the Tide 30 as it was driving for scores. McCracken also blocked a punt to set up the Tide deep inside ECC territory and leading to one of Bressler’s TDs.
Stephen Bobby ran for 194 yards on 35 carries to lead the Crusaders, who finished 7-3.
DuBOIS — The Bison beat the Beavers for the second time this season as quarterback Isaac Rumery ran for three touchdowns and threw for another as the Bison jumped out to a 24-6 first-quarter lead.
Caleb Freeland ran for 131 yards on 11 carries and ran for a score. Rumery ran for 87 yards on six carries while completing 9 of 13 passes for 188 yards. Jake Lezzer ran for a TD and caught a TD pass from Rumery.
Quarterback Eric Schneider ran for 71 yards on 16 carries and threw a 61-yard TD pass to Andrew Boyle. Coy Donahue ran for a touchdown.
Clearfield takes perfect 11-0 mark into Friday’s District 6-9 Sub-Regional Championship game in DuBois.
WINGATE — Jumping out to a quick 12-0 lead, the Bradford Owls couldn’t keep the momentum going in a 58-18 lopsided loss to Bellefonte at Bald Eagle Area last Saturday afternoon.
The Owls nearly returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, but Jaron Ambrose was tackled at the 1-yard line. The Owls did score on the first of three Donny Pattison touchdowns and then on the ensuing kickoff, the Red Raiders fumbled the ball away and the Owls scored again on Pattison 1-yard TD run.
But from there, the Red Raiders scored 58 consecutive points before the Owls scored again late in the fourth on Pattison’s third TD on a 39-yard run.
For the Owls, who finished 6-5, Ambrose ran for 125 yards on 14 carries.
Bellefonte lost to Clearfield, 49-21, on Sept. 28.