Bobcats Have Fine Showing In North’s Lezzer Lumber Classic Win (06/ /18

The Clarion Area Bobcats made there presence felt in the 34th Annual Central Pennsylvania Football Coaches Association (CPFCA) Lezzer Lumber Classic All-Star Game, on Fridy, June 22nd.

(Photo by Laura Miller) 2018 Clarion Area representatives on the North Squad (L-R) Zak Bauer (North Captain), Colt Stimmell, Sterling Conner, Colton Rapp, Keeven Weaver, Spencer Miller

Five graduated Bobcats were members of the victorious North Squad, Zak Bauer (Captain), Sterling Conner, Spencer Miller, Colt Stimmell and Keeven Weaver. Coach Scott “Scooter” Miller was a member of the coaching staff.

After a scoreless first quarter, the South broke out to a 6-0 lead in the second, on a 12 yard touchdown run by Huntingdon’s Bo Border, the South’s Offensive MVP, and carried the lead into halftime. The North was stopped several times deep in South territory in the first half.

The second half was a different story with the North scoring twenty-two straight points and then holding on for for a 22-21 victory.

(Photo by Amy Stimmell) big Bobcat presence on this play, Colton Rapp tackling South quarterback Braeden Burchfield, Colt Stimmell and Zak Bauer pursuing

Curwensville’s Nick Stewart, the North’s Offensive MVP, scored on a 20 yard run, at 8:32 of the third. Clearfield’s Jakob Sobrera kicked the extra point to give the North a 7-6 lead. Stewart had 118 yards on 14 carries on the evening. Quarterback Bryce Timko, also from Curwensville, had a 3 yard scoring run at 3:15 of the third. Sobrera was good on the PAT and the North led 14-6.

Miller, who shared the signal calling duties with Timko, hit State College’s Ian Barr on a 34 yard touchdown pass with 4:48 left in the game. Sobrera then kicked a 30 yard, 2 point conversion giving the North a 22-6 lead.

(Photo by Amy Stimmell) Colt Stimmell wrapping up South quarterback, Braeden Burchfield from Altoona

Miller provided the fans a glimpse of the solid all-around play the Bobcat fans have come to expect from him. He was 9-for-14 passing for 101 yards, with the touchdown, had 12 rushes for 48 yards and caught a pass for seven yards. He also saw time on defense, recording two tackles.

The South came back with two scores. Quarterback Braeden Burchfield hit his Altoona teammate Cam Fasick with a 31 yard touchdown pass at 4:19, to cut the North lead to 22-13.

Burchfield then hit Bishop Guilfoyle’s Mark Conrad for a score from 30 yards out, with 3:10 left. Wagner was successful on the two-point kick cutting the North lead to just one point 22-21.

(Photo by Laura Miller) Spencer Miller M&T Bank Scholarship winner

Miller orchestrated a drive to end the game, with the North stopped near the South goal line as time ran out. He had this to say of his experience in the contest,  “It was a fun experience to get to meet other all stars from central PA and play another game with my team mates from Clarion. After the game, I was able to meet one of my future teammates and roommate from Gannon , Colin Noel from Altoona, who played on the South team.”

Fellow Bobcat Colt Stimmell, who had several tackles including a sack, said, “It was a great once in a life time experience.  Playing with a bunch of different schools and having to come together in only a week’s time seemed like a daunting task but we managed to pull off a win in the end.  Meeting everyone from all the other schools was amazing and I’ll never forget the experience.”

(Photo by Laura Miller) Brothers Brendan “Bo” and Spencer Miller and brothers Nick and Dakota Leamer from Bishop Guifoyle. (Bo and Dakota are roommates at Gannon and played against each other in 2016. All four are Lezzer Game scholarship winners.)

(Thanks to Amy Stimmell and Laura Miller for their photos. Congratulations to Zak, Sterling, Spencer, Colt, Keeven ans Coach Miller on the North victory!!!!)