SHEFFIELD TOWNSHIP — Clearview and Columbia was a matchup both teams circled on the schedule at the beginning of the season. The week seven tilt would answer a lot of questions about the race for the final PAC Stripes Division championship. It didn’t disappoint.
Clearview and Columbia went back-and-forth in the first half, before the Clippers took control in the second half and held on late for a 28-22 win. Clearview controls its own destiny for a PAC Stripes Division Championship, despite still tough games against Fairview, Lutheran West and Brooklyn to close out the season. Clearview also made a strong case for a postseason berth with the win tonight.
Columbia was lead by its star tailback, Brandon Coleman, who scored three touchdowns on the evening. Coleman scored a touchdown from 24 yards out on Columbia’s opening possession, giving the Raiders an 8-0 lead.
Clearview answered with a touchdown of its own, as David Rentfle ran in from 6 yards out. The two-point conversion attempt failed and Columbia led 8-6.
It would stay 8-6 into the second quarter until Coleman ran for his second score of the night to extend the Raider lead to 15-6.
Clearview answered right before the half, as quarterback Chase Christensen plowed into the end zone on an 11-yard run. Columbia led 15-12 at the half.
Clearview opened the second half with the football, and capitalized to take the lead. Jaylen Paschel took an end-around for a 10-yard touchdown run, giving the Clippers a 20-15 lead with the two-point conversion successful.
Dylan Rebman grabbed an interception on Columbia’s ensuing possession, and Clearview capitalized again, with Drew Engle running in a 2-yard touchdown. The Clippers converted the two-point attempt, extending their lead to 28-15 with 9:30 to play.
Back came Columbia, as Brandon Coleman brought the Raiders back. His 6-yard touchdown run with 3:35 remaining pulled Columbia to within 6 at 28-22.
But Columbia would never see the ball again as they opted to kick it deep. On the ensuing possession, Clearview converted a 3rd and 4 with 2:23 left to extend the drive. Columbia used its remaining timeouts, but a pair of encroachment penalties on the next series gave Clearview the first down that sealed the victory.
Clearview improves to 6-1 overall and will travel to Fairview next week to face a tough Warriors squad, whose record does not reflect their performance this season. Clearview will be back home in two weeks for senior night against Lutheran West before closing out the regular season at Brooklyn on October 26.
Clearview 28, Columbia 22
Columbia 8 7 0 7 22
Clearview 6 6 8 8 28
- CO – Coleman 24 yd TD run (Coleman run), CO 8-0 (9:40)
- CL – Rentfle 6 yd TD run (2 pt conversion fails), CO 8-6 (4:40)
- CO – Coleman 9 yd TD run (PAT good), CO 15-6 (5:59)
- CL – Christensen 11 yd TD run (2 pt conversion fails), CO 15-12 (:10)
- CL – Paschel 10 yd TD run (Christensen pass to Rentfle), CL 20-15 (7:11)
- CL – Engle 2 yd TD run (Christensen pass to Reed), CL 28-15 (9:30)
- CO – Coleman 6 yd TD run (PAT good), CL 28-22 (3:35)
Cover photo courtesy of Nicki Reed and the Clearview Clipper Touchdown Club.