Clearfield hosts PIAA Western Final|
Saturday, December 8, 2012
By Rich Murawski Assistant Sports Editor
HYDE - The Bison Sports Complex played host to the PIAA Class AAA Western Final Friday night as Erie Cathedral Prep turned a halftime nail-biter into a 38-3 rout of Bishop McDevitt in a battle of unbeatens.
Prep quarterback Damion Terry, a Michigan State recruit, threw for 165 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 75 yards and two more scores to lead the Ramblers.
Wide receiver Jake DeHart was on the business end of both touchdown passes and added a 26-yard touchdown run late in the forth quarter. DeHart was the Ramblers' leading receiver with five catches for 78 yards.
The atmosphere at the Bison Sports Complex was electric at kickoff despite a steady rain that fell from start to finish.
Both sides traveled well and Clearfield football head coach and high school principal Tim Janocko estimated there to be a little over 3,000 fans in attendance, including many from the area.
"The rain probably kept some locals away, but I still saw quite a few local people here," he said.
There were also quite a few radio and television stations and newspaper reporters on hand as the press box was overflowing with media. Tents were set up on each side of the press box to accommodate the large contingency of press.
"There were so many radio stations and TV stations from across the state here in Clearfield," Janocko said. "It's really good publicity for our school and our community. Everybody got to come into Clearfield and see what a great town we have.
"We received a lot of compliments from the PIAA and a lot of compliments from District 9. This was a good thing for our community and a good thing for our area. People have been asking me where is Denny's (Beer Barrel Pub), where's this restaurant or that restaurant? So it's good to bring the people into our community. It's good for our economy. It was just a good thing."
Bishop McDevitt held a 3-0 lead with less than two minutes left in the first half before a 30-yard punt return from Felix Manus-Schell set up the Ramblers for a game-tying 39-yard field goal with 1:43 left in the second quarter.
Prep took the lead a little over a minute later on a Terry 6-yard run, which was set up by a McDevitt fumble.
The Ramblers led 10-3 at the half, despite being outgained in total yardage, 111-100, and losing the time of possession battle by over 10 minutes, 17:08-6:52.
Cathedral Prep dominated the second half, however, scoring on all four of its possessions while holding the Crusaders to just 32 total yards over the final 24 minutes.
Terry's 38-yard run made it 17-3 just 1:05 into the third quarter, and his 12-yard connection with DeHart with 3:23 left in the third gave the Ramblers a commanding 24-3 lead.
DeHart caught his second touchdown pass - a 23-yarder from Terry - 43 seconds into the fourth quarter and put the exclamation point on the win with a 26-yard run on a fourth-and-13 play with 1:48 left to play.
Prep running back Delton Williams, another Michigan State recruit, picked up 91 yards on 12 carries, while McDevitt's ground game was paced by Andre Robinson, who had 25 yards on nine carries.
Crusader quarterback Alec Werner was 16-of-31 for 107 yards and an interception. McDevitt receiver Brian Lemelle caught eight balls for 49 yards.
"There was a lot of talent on this field tonight," Janocko said. "It's good to see that, and obviously it's where we aspire to be."
Prep faces Archbishop Wood for the PIAA Class AAA title next weekend in Hershey.