Oliver Billotte – Clearfield Bison Football Player of the Year
Early Life and Education
Oliver Billotte is an exceptional two-sport athlete at Clearfield, excelling at both quarterback and defensive line positions. Last season he threw for 1,317 yards with nine touchdowns and four interceptions; also running for 189 yards with five scores while being named to the Pennsylvania Football Writers Association All-State team. As a senior at Clearfield he has three brothers and one sister as well as Ann Barger being homemaker – their mother being Ann also being part of Clearfield United Methodist Church!
Oliver Billotte had an outstanding performance for Clearfield against Penns Valley last week, throwing four touchdown passes and running for another. His completions of 17 of 29 passes for 442 yards as well as 15 rush attempts for 38 yards made him an invaluable asset and likely lead them to victory against Tyrone in this game.
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Matthew Davis opened up scoring for St. Marys with a 7-yard keeper in the first quarter, and held on to their lead during most of the second half when Clearfield tried to come back and make up ground.
Achievement and Honors
Billotte also excels at wrestling. He was named to the all-state team both as a junior and senior wrestler.
As a senior, he led the Bison to their second district title in three years, leading the team in rushing yards and touchdowns with six total scores, two-time conference player of the year awards, District 9 All-Star team selection and earning top-10 national recruit status (Kent State commit). Tim Janocko earned 299th career victory as head coach; Bison defeated St Marys Area High School 49-27 in their title game victory.
Oliver Billotte was born March 23, 1929 in Frenchville to Desera and Lilly (Roussey) Billotte who have since passed. Oliver graduated from Clearfield High School and St Marys Catholic Church. Additionally he was an active life member of Mosquito Creek Sportsman Club as well as social member at Veterans of Foreign Wars Leigey Renaud Post 8386 of Frenchville. Oliver will be deeply missed by Olive Plubell – his life long companion from Frenchville who cared for him, along with two grandchildren Bradley Billotte (Brad) and Lynette Billotte (Lynette), three step grandchildren Lacey Carfley Breanna Plubell and Delvin Carfley plus his beloved pet poodle, Gigi.
Oliver Billotte managed to turn around an early deficit against Nasier Spellman of York Suburban with two takedowns and an escape in the second period, followed by three escapes in succession during the third and final period that ultimately lead to him placing his opponent on his back for a pin at 4 minutes, 4 seconds.
After several fumbles by Clearfield, Bedford had possession on their 11 and Billotte ran a quarterback sneak for two yards for the opening touchdown of the night at 9:02 in the second quarter. Grayson Graves converted on an extra point kick, giving the Bison an unexpected 7-6 lead at that time.
Billotte quickly demonstrated his prowess as a wrestler, winning three consecutive matches in the wrestlebacks to ensure himself of a state medal.