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Scouting the Best: Clarion with video interview of head coach Larry Wiser

This is the third in a 3-part series where we take a look at the top three teams in the 2014 First Commonwealth Bank/ District 9 Preseason rankings. It is an experimental part of the site. Something that we hope to expand on in the future. Hope you like it – team.  See DuBois feature.  See Karns City feature


(Team information below video) 



Sr. RB/LB Ian Corbett – Photo by Paul Burdick


TEAM: Clarion Bobcats – Schedule – Roster – 2013 Stats

PRESEASON RANK: 3rd (See Rankings)

2013 RECORD: 14-1 overall, 5-0 KSAC Small School Division (Beat Union 49-0 in first round of District 9 Class A Playoffs; Beat Brockway 56-12 in District 9 Class A Semifinals; Beat Redbank Valley 55-0 in District 9 Class A Championship Game; Beat Lakeview 35-20 in PIAA Class A Quarterfinals; Lost to eventual state champion North Catholic 39-12 in PIAA Class A Semifinals)

HEAD COACH: Larry Wiser (26th – took 2010 off  – 180-84-1)

TOP RETURNING PLAYERS: Sr. RB/LB Ian Corbett (2013 stats: 83 carries, 1,247 yards, 20 TDs, 15.0 yards per carry; 9 catches, 150 yards, 2 TDs; 90 tackles, 12 sacks; Preseason PA Football News Class A All-State at Defensive Line); Sr. RB/LB Destin Strauser (2013 stats: 162 tackles, 5 sacks; 10 carries, 16 yards, 1 TD); SR TE/DE Ethan Straffin (2013 stats: 96 tackles, 12 sacks; 3 catches, 47 yards, 1 TD); SR. RB/DT Jacob Troutman (2013 stats: 78 tackles, 8.5 sacks); Jr. QB/DB Brendan Miller (2013 stats: 68 tackles, 1 sacks, 8 interceptions).


OPENER: 7 p.m. Aug. 29 home to A-C Valley