CLEARFIELD Led by Sophomore quarterback Colton Peterson, the Clearfield Falcons soared to a 35-0 shutout win over the Weber Warriors.
Peterson completed six passes for 121-yards; his performance included two touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown of his own. The offense ran for a total of 151 rushing yards in what Clearfield Coach Billy Pluim called a "complete game"
"The offense, defense and our special teams all came together tonight to put together a complete game," Pluim said. "You have to play together to get a win against a team like that (Weber)."
Despite three fumbles in the first quarter, the Warriors who had a chance at a playoff spot heading into the contest held the Falcons scoreless until late in the first quarter. With just over two minutes remaining Peterson found Trevor Evans who completed a short run into the end zone. Evans finished the night with 16 carries and 76 yards for the Falcons.
The Falcons buried the Warriors and their playoff hopes in the third quarter when they put up three quick touchdowns. Justin Parkinson sparked the offensive rush when he caught a 64-yard pass from Peterson. Peterson then ran for his rushing touchdown with the help of Evans who single-handedly blocked two Weber defenders to clear the way.
Pluim said that he has been pleasantly surprised at the way his young quarterback has lead the team the past two weeks.
"We really threw him into the fire last week," Pluim said. "He's played great for being such a young pup."
"I'm just doing what they ask me to do," Peterson said. "I'm here to do whatever I can to help the team." Peterson's team helped him along the way forcing five turnovers; Senior Travis Harvey recovered two fumbles for the Falcons.
The Falcons improved their regional record to 3-3 and will close their season at Fremont next week.
"We'll win next week," Peterson said. "That will give us a good seed in the playoffs and we'll make a good run at a state title."