Clearfield High School's Bison Football program formally began in 1913. There have been twenty-four *
head coaches since that time. The Bison's all-time record, as of the end of the 2019 campaign, is 602 wins,
466 losses and 31 ties for a win percentage of .548. Coach Tim Janocko has been at the helm since 1985,
by far the longest ever reign of any Bison Head Coach. His teams had achieved a record of 284 - 114 - 3
by the end of this past season for a personal .708 W/L %.
Coach Janocko reached the following milestones in the 2011 season ~
200 Wins with a 34-28 victory at Hamburg, PA on October 14th
#204 ~ 28-7 over St. Marys in d9 Championship ties Coudersport Coach Paul Simcoe for District IX wins, November 12th
#205 ~ 29-23 over Johnstown in d6/9 Championship puts Coach in sole possession of the d9 mark, November 19th
and . . . #250 ~ September 16th, 2016, a 35-21 game at Huntingdon ~
#275 ~ November 9th, 2018, a 49-21 game vs Bellefonte @ DuBois (d6-9 4A Title) ~
Compare all Bison Football Coaches' Records and all of the Season Records HERE
Compare how Bison teams have fared vs. all competition over the years HERE
Bison players in College, Division 1 HERE
Courtesy of Coach Kristofer Albright of C.A.H.S. , we have been provided with a comprehensive
history of wins and losses since the very beginning along with many pictures from old Bison
yearbooks. That information is displayed below.
Other Pages of Historic Interest
Chad Kroell and the 1994 Season, a watershed year ~ HERE
And we've expanded the following list to include the information from Coach Albright's research ~
History of Clearfield Football ~ updated 5-29-20
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C.H.S. and the Academies
. . . home of the Bison. Clearfield PA
CLEARFIELD AREA HIGH SCHOOL . . .
www.clearfieldfootball.org, is the official website of the Bison Football Quarterback Club
but is neither affiliated with nor endorsed by the Clearfield Area School District
We are much in Coach Albright's debt for his dedicated and time-consuming research ~
Again, anyone with old pictures or stories or anything involving Clearfield Bison Football they'd
like to share is encouraged to "contact us" and let us know what they have. ~ clearfieldfootball.org
The following Bison Football Teams are also featured
elsewhere on this site; they each have their yearbook
pages reproduced and some of the pages also feature
other C.H.S. Sports from that year ~
Go to to make your selection.
"Bison" Yearbook Pictures, 1985 - 2009 ~
1970 & 1971
1974 & 1975
1976 & 1977
1978 & 1979
1980, 1981 & 1982
1983 & 1984
"Bison" Yearbook Pictures, 1970 - 1984 ~
1950 & 1951
1952 & 1953
1954 & 1955
1956 & 1957
1958 & 1959
1960 & 1961
1962 & 1963
1964 & 1965
1968 & 1969
"Bison" Yearbook Pictures, 1950 - 1969 ~
1930 & 1931
1930 & 1931
1932 & 1933
1935, 1936 & 1937
1938 & 1939
1940 & 1941
1942 & 1943
1944 & 1945
1946 & 1947
1948 & 1949
"Bison" Yearbook Pictures, 1930 - 1949 ~
1910 & 1914
1915 & 1916
1917 & 1919
1920 & 1921
1922 & 1923
1924 & 1925
1926 & 1927
1928 & 1929
1928 & 1929
"Breeze" Yearbook Pictures, 1906-1929 ~
Clicking on any of the thumbnails will display a larger image
Game Scores, Season Records ~ 1904-2019
1985 & 1986
1987 & 1988
1990 & 1991
1992 & 1993
1994 & 1995
1996 & 1997
2000 & 2001
2002 & 2003
2005 & 2006
2007 & 2008
* Some accounts say "25 Head Coaches"
but I can only document 24.
Contact Me if you know different.
Interpreting this photo ~ This photo was snapped in what is now Upper Witmer Park when that parcel also
was used for outdoor P.E. classes. The current Shaw Library would be to the left (north) of this group of "Bison".
Behind the squad and across South Front Street are from left, the Clearfield High School (see below), a house
where the current Episcopal Church now stands, East Cherry Street, a house that was once the Christopher
Kratzer B & B, and another house that is now the Amon,Mitchell & Walsh realty office.
Original Pen & Ink drawing of the "Old" Clearfield High School
by David Yocum. Courtesy the artist.
It was located where the Shaw Library now stands and
served as the the High School from about 1918 to 1956
and as Junior High West until 1975.
" Here's to the praise " refers to the opening line of the
C.H.S. Alma Mater ( Newly Updated with VIDEO )
This building, identified on the post card as "High School, Clearfield,Pa" was located where the current Clearfield
Borough Police Station now stands. Before that on this
site had, I believe, once stood the "Clearfield Academy",
which may have been an entirely different building or an
earlier incarnation of this same one. It was used as the
Junior High when the building below was the High
School ( c. 1918-1956 ) and later, when the Mill Road
building debuted this became "Junior High East" while
the one below was "Junior High West".
The "West" building was very nice, "East" was a dump.
Current High School in Hyde ( 1975 - Present )
but with a new turf Football/Soccer surface and grandstands
in 2012 and an additional, brand new gym in 2014!
And here is an old photo provided to us by Mrs. Janocko . . . .
Here is some meaningless trivia gleaned from the above and some miscellaneous ramblings ~
Some of the Most Lopsided wins:
108-0 over Sykesville (1915) ~ 95-0 vs. Patton (1926) ~ 83-0 vs. Houtzdale (1916) ~ 80-0 vs. Clarion Normal (1922) ~ 76-0 vs.
Cooper Twp. (1924) ~ 67-0 vs. Curwensville (1917) ~ 54-0 vs. Huntingdon (1914) ~ 54-0 vs. Curwensville (1952) ~
54-6 vs. P.O. (1994) & 62-0 vs, P.O. (2018)
Some of the Worst Losses:
Vs. Indiana Normal, 0-104 & 0-75 ( 1917 & 1914 ), Vs. Huntingdon, 0-68 (1920), Vs. Greensburg, 0-67 (1922),
Vs. Perry Academy, 0-61 (2002) ~ Vs. Altoona, 0-51 (1931) ~ Vs. Lock Haven High, 7-54 & 26-73 (1923 & 1924)
Vs. B.E.A., 6-52 (1991) ~ Vs. Strong Vincent, 7-52 (1948 - 1st Game-Regular Season )
Most Shutout Wins: 8 - 1939 ( 10-1-1 ), 7 - 1955 ( 10-0) Most Shutout Losses: 7 - 1932 ( 2 - 8 ), 6 - 1937 ( 2-8-1)
About the competition:
In the very early days CHS played quite a few contests against the "Normal" Schools which were to become the "State Teachers
Colleges" and today are C.U.P. , I.U.P. , L.H.U. , etc. Indiana Normal consistently clobbered CHS in the 'teens while we swapped
back and forth with Clarion. While Lock Haven High typically bested CHS in those days,we apparently never lost to Lock Haven
Normal, a squad whose doldrums seem to carry on to this day. In 1917 CHS defeated Central State Normal 13-7; Central State
Normal was apparently an alternate name for Lock Haven Normal.
By the early '60s most of the jointures that we know today had come to be but prior to that we were playing individual schools
that would later merge. Cooper & Morris Townships became West Branch, Philipsburg and Osceola of course became P-O, Madera,
Houtzdale and Woodward Township would form Moshannon Valley and Reynoldsville & Sykesville were absorbed into Du Bois.
At the beginning of the 2011 season Indian Valley and Lewistown were consolidated as the Mifflin County High School.
Read more about that HERE.
Also of interest is that way back when there were no Interstates and not even many good secondary roads, CHS played against
many a school that even today are located several hours away - Erie, Greensburg, Renovo, Sharpsville, Williamsport, Windber.
It's not hard to imagine that many of these "road trips" took place by rail and that they may have required an overnight stay.
During the 2011 Season we set what is probably C.H.S.' regular season record for away-game travel distance. The consoli-
dation of Indian Valley & Lewistown High Schools into "Mifflin County" left the Bison with a gap in the schedule and a similar
hookup between Catholic schools down east - Reading's Central Catholic and Holy Name - left Hamburg Area short a game. The
game that the Bison played at Hamburg ( in Berks County ) required a 175 mile, 3-1/2 hour trip; a back and forth game (34-28 Bison)
that seemed to be attended by as many Clearfield fans as Hamburg locals. For me and others, it was in fact an overnighter.
For the 2012 and 2013 season/home openers we welcomed a team that's from even farther away than Hamburg. By about Seventy-
Five miles and across an International Border. ( thank goodness they came here. ) August 31st the Bison played ( and beat, 35-20 )
the Saint Joan Of Arc Catholic Secondary School ( website ) from Mississaugua, Ontario, Canada. The Angels made a 250 mile trek
to get to Clearfield. No strangers to long trips, in 2011 they traveled nearly 320 miles to face the Mckeesport (PA) Tigers. The Bison
hosted the Angels once again in 2013, winning 45-7. To start the 2014 season, the Bison traveled to Keyser WV ( about 145 miles ),
losing 43-30. The 2015 Season opened with another interstate matchup, a home contest against Maryland State Champ Fort Hill
High School of Cumberland MD, our Bison losing 49-14.
"The Mill Road High School" ( 1956-1975 )
For any of you who just want to read the informational PDFs without slogging through
all of my boring narrative every time, they're also all collected on one page HERE .
To read more about these buldings, to browse
through old "Bison" Yearbooks and to catch up
on lots of other interesting C.H.S. History,
The "new" High School on Mill Road served
as the High School until the graduation of
the Class of 1975, after which the present
school in Hyde opened. When this and the
above building served as high schools, Bison
Football was played on the field in the Driving
Park (Clearfield County Fair Grounds ) with
seating in the Grandstand.
This photo is from the 1969 "Bison".
The narrative that accompanies the 1904
photo refers to that game as also being
played in the Driving Park, though the
grandstand was constructed later; in the
1920's, I believe.
Complete Progress coverage of the 1955 season HERE