Central Dragons to Welcome Clearfield Bison to RS Field Friday


September 5, 2019

Gary M. Baranec

Senior quarterback Braden Kitt (5) leads the Central ground attack with 190 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 34 carries. The Dragons will be looking for their first 3-0 start since 2009 Friday, Sept. 7, as 2-0 Clearfield will visit the Roaring Spring Athletic Field.

Week 3 of the high school football season will feature a Mountain League showdown Friday, Sept. 6, in Roaring Spring.

A battle of 2-0 squads – Clearfield and Central – will kick off at 7 p.m. at the Roaring Spring Athletic Field.

The Bison, ranked first in the District 6 Class 4A standings with 90 points, have earned victories over DuBois (31-20) and Penns Valley Area (56-49). Clearfield is the defending District 6 Class 4A champion.

The Dragons, third in District 6 Class 3A with 90 points (behind Central Cambria with 105 points and Bald Eagle Area with 95), have defeated Northern Bedford (49-21) and Tyrone (12-7).

Clearfield has started 2-0 in each of the last three seasons. The Bison finished 12-1 last season.

Central is off to its first 2-0 start since 2016. The Dragons have not won their first three games of a season since 2009, when they won their first seven en route to a 10-2 campaign.

Since 2008, Clearfield has defeated Central nine times in 11 games. The Dragons' two wins have come in 2014 and 2017.

Clearfield enters Friday's game averaging 423 total yards per game, including 271.5 through the air.

Sophomore quarterback Oliver Billotte has thrown for 543 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions.His favorite target is junior Jake Lezzer, who has 12 receptions for 301 yards receiving and four touchdowns.

Junior Ian Billotte leads the Bison with 11 tackles. Lezzer has two interceptions.

Central is averaging 324.5 total yards per contest – 174.5 on the ground and 150.0 through the air.

Senior quarterback Braden Kitt has 34 carries for 190 rushing yards and four touchdowns.

Through the air, Kitt is 16-for-29 for 176 passing yards. Freshman quarterback Jeff Hoenstine has thrown for 124 yards and two touchdowns on 5-of-6 passing. Hoenstine is also the team's leading receiver with 10 catches for 114 yards receiving.

Defensively, junior Branson Dodson leads Central with 17 tackles. Sophomore Parker Gregg and junior Landon Williams each have two quarterback sacks. Junior Demetrious Harbaugh has two fumble recoveries.

In other action Friday, Claysburg-Kimmel, Northern Bedford and Williamsburg will each battle Inter-County Conference opponents.

The Bulldogs (1-1) will entertain West Branch (0-2), the Black Panthers (1-1) will travel to Moshannon Valley (101) and the Blue Pirates (0-2) will journey to Southern Huntingdon (1-1).

Hollidaysburg will travel to State College Friday in a battle of unbeatens. Each team sports a 2-0 record.

Each game will kick off at 7 p.m.


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