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