Golden Eagle football drops first game of season to FCS St. Francis

The Clarion University Golden Eagles traveled to Loretto, Pa. this past Saturday to take on the FCS St. Francis University Red Flash.
The first drive of the game was a three and out and the punt attempt would be blocked by St. Francis.
The Red Flash scored two plays later making it 7-0 early in the 1st quarter.
On the next possession, redshirt sophomore Darelle Carson threw an interception and the Red Flash scored quickly increasing their lead to 14-0 just three minutes into the game.
Clarion Head Coach Jay Foster said, “After getting past opening game jitters, the team was able to settle in.”
Clarion’s next possession drove them to the St. Francis 13-yard line before turning it over on downs late in the first quarter.
In the second quarter the Golden Eagles started a drive at their 36-yard line to the Red Flash one-yard line before a holding penalty was called, eliminating the rush into the endzone by senior running back Bobby Thomas.
The drive stalled once again as it was turned over on downs on the St. Francis eight-yard line. St. Francis had a drive to end the half that resulted in their third touchdown of the game, making it 21-0 in favor of the Red Flash at the half.
In the third, St. Francis had field goals from 35 and 47 yards increasing their lead to 27-0 heading into the fourth quarter.
Sophomore Connor Simmons entered the game for Clarion at quarterback. football archived online
In his first series the Golden Eagles marched down the field in five plays for 66 yards, scoring on an 11-yard run by Williams, putting Clarion on the board 27-6.
The Golden Eagles went for a two-point conversion but failed.
It was Williams’ first career touchdown for Clarion.
Clarion put up another touchdown as Simmons connected with Junior wide receiver Mark Nicholas for an eight-yard touchdown pass cutting St. Francis’ lead to 27-13, which was the final score.
Clarion had a total of 221 total yards of offense 136 yard rushing, 85 yards passing.
Williams had nine rushes for 43 yards and a touchdown.
Carson finished the day completing five of 14 passing for 35 yards and had 12 rushes for 44 yards. Simmons went six for nine passing with 50 yards and a touchdown.
After Simmon’s solid performance Saturday Foster said, “Simmons has earned the right to have at least an opportunity early in a game.”
Clarion will begin PSAC playing Saturday Sept. 13 playing Millersville.

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