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Clearview Impressive Running Game Seals Victory

Friday, October 29, 2004

By Jerome Michaels
SJSports Special Correspondent

They are that front line that sometimes goes un-noticed when a game is going well. Quarterbacks have all the time in the world to survey the field for an open receiver and runningbacks have the luxury of picking and choosing quickly which gap to run through. That was quite evident for Clearview's football team Friday night on their home field. Four rushing touchdowns and two passing proved that the o-line did its job in a very important win to guarantee a five hundred percentage run in hopes of being selected for the postseason. Clearview defeated Woodstown by a 45-13 margin and picked up their second win in a row.

For both Woodstown and Clearview, their situations were pretty similar as the decision making process to get into the postseason was about to begin. Both of these teams were hovering around the five hundred mark in their division and both needed a victory to keep their hopes alive. Neither team made it to the playoffs last season and both were looking to change that.

The Pioneers from Clearview quickly established their game plan of running the football. The offensive line was winning those individual battles allowing who ever touch the ball to gain considerable yardage. Carmen Aliberti got the games first points when scored from 3 yards out. After that score, Aliberti lined up and kicked a successful extra point giving Clearview the first quarter 7-0 lead. Clearview quickly expanded their lead at the beginning of the second quarterback Jared Eisenhart found Clint Lawyer wide open coming out of the back for a 35-yard touchdown reception and a 14-0 lead. Woodstown would capitalize and a turnover by Clearview when Stanley Taylor intercepted a pass and scored cutting their deficit in half. But Clearview would respond quickly for the half when Eisenhart went to the air again with success setting up Aliberti’s second rushing touchdown of the half.

During the second half, it was all Clearview. Two more rushing touchdowns by D.J. Nelson and Cooper, 44 and 3 yards, pushed this game out of reach. Eisenhart would throw his second touchdown pass of the game to Steve Secula. Woodstown would add fourth quarter touchdown run. Woodstown would drop their record to 4-3 while Clearview increased theirs to 4-3.

Photos by Mark Fletcher

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