It's chaos

By Ryan S. Pugh

CLARION NEWS Sports Editor

In case you missed it, chaos came to college football last weekend with Texas A&M upsetting No. 1 ranked Alabama in overtime.

I'll get this out of the way now; Georgia is the best team in the country and I don't think it's close.

I don't really have the space to delve as deeply into this topic as I would like but my four for the playoff are Georgia, Cincinnati, Alabama and Ohio State.

I'm sure there are those of you questioning a lack of undefeated Iowa and Oklahoma not being on this list. Iowa doesn't beat Penn State if Nittany Lions quarterback Sean Clifford doesn't get hurt (and Ohio State will blow the doors off the Hawkeyes if the teams meet in the Big Ten title game) and Oklahoma's sieve-like defense doesn't offer me hope.

I think Alabama wins out and finds its way in the College Football Playoff for the umpteenth time.

Anyway, I have to get to the high school football section of the program.

I still haven't put together a perfect week as Central Clarion made me look bad last week with its dominant win over Ridgway. I apologize Wildcats but I just didn't see it coming.

I went 9-1 for the week upping my overall record to 55-13.

District 9 Large School

Central Clarion (2-4 overall, 2-3 District 9 Large School) at Bradford (0-7, 0-7)

The Central Clarion football team has definitely turned a corner with the proof coming last week in the Wildcats thrashing of District 9 Large School division co-leader Ridgway 33-14.

What might be the most stunning part of the win is Central Clarion lost five fumbles and still won by 19.

The Wildcats running game definitely turned a corner last week as Central Clarion gained 270 yards on the ground. And I believe the running game helped quarterback Jase Ferguson as he had a 7-for-12 196-yard, three-TD performance under center.

I would say the Wildcats should watch out for a letdown this week but its Bradford so Central Clarion doesn't have much to worry about.

Karns City (6-1, 4-1) at Ridgway (5-2, 5-2)

What looked like an epic showdown on the horizon a couple weeks ago has morphed into a must-win game in regard to conference hopes for both teams.

Karns City rebounded from their loss to St. Marys with a dominating win over Kane. I look for the Gremlins to keep their momentum.

Karns City 28, Ridgway 20

Brookville (5-2, 5-2) at Kane (3-4, 3-4)

Brookville's hopes for a league title kind of went by the wayside with the Raiders loss last week to St. Marys. Brookville would need St. Marys and Karns City to both lose the final two league games on the schedule. Not likely. But Brookville can get some mojo back with a win at Kane this week.

Brookville 32, Kane 22

Punxsutawney (1-5, 1-5) at DuBois (4-3, 4-2)

DuBois has come on since its sluggish start. Punxsutawney got its first win of 2021 last week and I hope the Chucks enjoyed it.

DuBois 30, Punxsutawney 14

St. Marys (6-1, 6-1) at Moniteau (1-5, 1-5)

St. Marys controls its own destiny in the District 9 Large School race. Look for the Flying Dutch to take one step closer to the division title this week.

St. Marys 37, Moniteau 7

District 9 Small School

Union/A-C Valley (5-1 overall) at Cameron County (4-2), Thursday (Oct. 14)

Union/A-C Valley overcame five turnovers and an 18-0 first half deficit to stun Keystone 26-24 last week. The key to the Falcon Knights' win was defense as the team kept the Panthers offense from gaining any momentum.

This week Union/A-C Valley gets another Thursday showcase at Cameron County. Cameron County saw its District 9 Small School title hopes go up in smoke with the Red Raiders loss to Smethport.

Union/A-C Valley's defense will just be too good for Cameron County.

Union/A-C Valley 35, Cameron County 6

Coudersport (3-3) at Redbank Valley (5-1)

Redbank Valley just keeps winning and the Bulldogs are doing it impressively. Redbank Valley's average margin of victory during its five-game winning streak has been 53.6 points per game. I don't see Coudersport doing anything to alter that margin of victory number.

Redbank Valley 55, Coudersport 6

Keystone (5-1) at Smethport (6-1)

Keystone could really give itself a boost with a road win in Hubber territory but it won't be easy.

Smethport clinched the District 9 Small School North title last week but I'm sure the Hubbers want to make a statement against one of the top teams in the South division.

I think Keystone gives it a valiant run and I think if the game was being played in Knox, I would give the Panthers a shot.

Smethport 21, Keystone 14

Port Allegany (2-3) at Brockway (3-4)

The coaches I have talked to say that Port Allegany is better than their record indicates. Who am I to question a coaches' opinion?

Port Allegany 27, Brockway 22

Bucktail (0-6) at Otto-Eldred (1-6)

I'll give the edge to Otto-Eldred because the Terrors are at home (I would give an analysis of the game but I'm afraid I couldn't control the snarkiness).

Otto-Eldred 14, Bucktail 13

Sheffield (0-6) at Elk County Catholic (2-4)

Remember when Elk County Catholic started the season 2-0? Pepperidge Farms remembers, I guess. Look for the Crusaders to get back on the winning side of the ledger.

Elk County Catholic 27, Sheffield 0

RIMERSBURG - Years from now, when someone looks at the score from Friday night's District 9 Small School showdown between Redbank Valley and Union/A-C Valley they'll think it was one-sided blowout but those in attendance at Vidunas Stadium on that rainy Friday night will attest it wasn't qui…

Wow, what a weekend of racing to complete the 2021 season. Lernerville Speedway held their Steel City Stampede which featured 10 different divisions plus a 100-lap Enduro. The event took place over three days as Thursday night was practice for all drivers in all the divisions.

NEW BETHLEHEM - If there has been one constant in the District 9 Small School field over the past six weeks, it has been the Redbank Valley football team beating the stuffing out of all comers.

It's chaos

CLARION - Central Clarion freshman Jase Ferguson had a big night as he threw for three TDs to help the Wildcats overcome five lost fumbles on the way to a 33-14 victory over Ridgway at Clarion University's Memorial Stadium Oct. 8.

KNOX - If there is one thing that can be said about the 2021 edition of Union/A-C Valley football team is the Falcon Knights are a resilient bunch.

CLARION - Football coaches repeatedly say there are no such things as "moral victories" but that doesn't mean a team can't learn and grow from a loss.

We have been experiencing some beautiful fall temperatures in the past couple of weeks and these temperatures help the race car drivers that have to put on those triple layer fire suits and helmets. Local tracks are also starting to host special events and winding down their respective 2021 …

BRADFORD - The Clarion golfing trio of Kameron Kerle, McKayla Kerle and Devon Lauer each broke 85 to lead the Bobcats to the District 9 Class 2A boys' golf team title at the Pennhills Club in Bradford.

RIMERSBURG - It’s quite an accomplishment when a high school football team can pack an entire game’s worth of offensive and defensive stats into one half of football but Union/A-C Valley did just such a thing Friday night.

Fall is officially here. I love this time of the year when the weather turns cooler and the leaves change colors.

Summer is quickly coming to a close and like anything summer related auto racing is slowing down somewhat but there was still racing to be had.

COVID-19 keeps rearing its ugly head and with every shake of its noggin there seems to be another high school football game canceled.

STRATTANVILLE - Blaise Fleisher, son of Rob and Lynne Fleisher of Strattanville, has concluded a great ATV motocross season by winning the 2021 McElwain's Gold Cup Summer Series of Motocross in the 90cc Class.

School is back in and life returns to a routine of regimented homework, practices and etc that control our lives. However, even though Labor Day weekend usually means summer is winding down there is still a lot racing to take place between now and the end of October. I hope to keep you updat…

KNOX - On paper, all signs pointed to the experienced defending District 9 Class A champion Redbank Valley football team beginning their journey to a second league and district title in grand fashion but this is the digital age.

BUTLER - Clarion's Kameron Kerle shot a 38 to earn medalist honors helping the Bobcats to their second-straight KSAC Megamatch win at Aubrey's Dubbs Dred Golf Course in Butler Aug. 24.

Rapp makes it back-to-back at Mercer

NORTH EAST - Clarion Area golfers Mckayla Kerle and Kameron Kerle each won a title at the Great Lakes Junior Golf Championship was held at Lake View County Club in North East Aug. 8 and Aug. 9.

What a weekend we had. I don't know about you guys but I can sure tell I am getting older. We used to be able to run all weekend and go all week, but time has a way of slowing you down some. We had quite a busy weekend and I am now just catching up, but the racing was great everywhere we wen…

CLARION - An induction that was delayed since April 24 of 2020, the Clarion University Sports Hall of Fame Committee announced seven new members will be "officially" inducted on Friday, September 3, 2021. The new inductees include Norbert A. Baschnagel (1975-82 assistant men's basketball coa…

CLARION - Clarion Rehab Services would like to announce the 2020-2021 CHAMP (Clarion Hospital Athletic Medicine Program) Student-Athlete of the Year. This year's recipient is Maddie Dunlap from Keystone High School. This award is based on three criteria: academic achievement and success, ath…