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Call them the Champs ! Bellefonte tops Clearfield 35-21 for title

Bellefonte 35, Clearfield 21
CL 0 14 7   0 – 21
BE 14 7 0 14 – 35
First Quarter.
BE – Nick Capparelle 17-yard run (Dan Persiko kick), 9:38.
BE – Ethan Rossman 32-yard run (Persiko kick), 7:23.
Second Quarter
BE – Jalen Emel 6-yard TD run (Persiko kick), 9:02
CL – Brett Zattoni 1-yard run (Zach Hess kick), 4:34.
Oliver Billotte 1-yard TD run (Hess kick), 0:43.
Third Quarter
CL – Billotte to Nick Domico 14-yard TD pass (Hess kick), 3:45.
Fourth Quarter
BE – Funk 16-yard run (Persiko kick), 10:45.
BE – Rossman 11-yard TD run (Persiko kick), 4:34.

Team statists CL BE
First downs 16 19
Rushes-Yards 30-102 36-352
Passing -yards 15-117 3-48
C-A-I 15-30-1 3-5-1
Fumbles 3-0 1-0
Penalties -yards 8-88 7-84
Rushing: CL-Logan Filanski 2-13, Brett Zattoni 16-76, Oliver Billotte 19-15,Jason Plobell 2-(-2). BE – CJ Funk 19-187, Nick Capparelle 2-17, Jalen Emel 3-23, Mason Grey 2-4, Ethan Rossman 8-102, Trae Bauman 2-19.
Recieving: CL – Filanski 2-24, Zattoni 1-3, Karson Kline 8-69, Matt Pallo 1-8, Ian Billotte 3-13. BE. – Funk 1-18, Chris Palosky 2-17, Bauman 1-13.
Passing : CL -O. Billotte 15-30 117-1 BE – Rossman 3-5 48-1 .
Interceptions: CL-Hayden Kovalick . BE – Jalen Emel.

By Kenny Varner
WINGATE – Two teams, one goal.
As two familiar teams lined up to battle for the District 6/9 Class AAAA title game Friday, there was no surprises on each team as they went with what got them there when Bellefonte battled Clearfield.
Both came in with extreme differences in philosophy on offense.
The Red Raiders went with their strong offensive line and intense running game while the Bison took it through the air.
Bellefonte’s offensive weapon CJ Funk led his team to the 35-21 victory Friday night with an 187-yard effort in the team’s championship victory.
Combined the running game had its way with the Clearfield defense rushing for 352 yards.
Defensively, the Red Raiders allowed 117 yards through the air and only 48 on the ground.
“In the second half I thought we put ourselves in a good position to play good defense,” said Bellefonte coach Shanon Manning. “To be honest with you not playing football two of the last weeks was pretty hard. There was a lot of rust and you can’t mimic playing football. You just can’t.”
Bellefonte did come offense early and took it to the heart of the Clearfield defense.
On its first possession, the Red Raiders marched down the field with ease and culminated the drive with a Nick Capparelle 17-yard run and a Dan Persiko kick to making it a 7-0 game.
Clearfield was forced to punt the ball on its first possession and gave the ball back to Bellefonte.
“The Red and Black attack” went back to its ground game and scored once again, this time quarterback Ethan Rossman called his own number and scored on a 32-yard run, upping it to 14-0.
On Clearfield’s next possession, the Bison took the ball all the way to the Red Raiders one before the bellefonte defense held and got the ball back to its offense.
But the Bison would work it’s way back into the game scoring twice after a Jalen Emel touchdown put the Red Raiders up 21-0.
Two consecutive touchdowns by Brett Zattoni, a 1-yard run at 4:34 and Oliver Billotte 1-yard TD run , sent the Bison into the intermission with a renewed hope, trailing 21-14.
In the third quarter, the Bison knotted things at 21 on a Billotte to Nick Domico 14-yard TD pass at 3:45 left in the period.
But the sign of a true champion is how you handle adversity.
Bellefonte handled the run with scoring two fourth quarter touchdowns to secure the win.
Funk crushed his way into the end zone on a 16-yard run at 10:45 to take back the lead and then Rossman sealed the deal with an 11-yard TD run at 4:34.
Bellefonte iced the game when Jalen Emel intercepted three Bison on the last drive to let the celebration and the District celebration begin, 35-21.

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