Veteran-led Clarion football looks to turn heads in 2014 season

This upcoming season the Clarion Golden Eagles football team is looking to be very golden.
Clarion has nine starters and 44 lettermen returning for this season.
Last season was rough for the Golden Eagles.
Clarion was 4-7 overall and 2-5 in the PSAC-Western Division.
The blue and gold were picked to finish seventh at the annual PSAC press day, but are looking to prove everyone wrong.
“This season I’m looking forward to playing with a great group of guys,” said junior Jared Davis.
Three road games will kick the season off for Clarion.
They traveled to St. Francis for the season opener, followed by away games against Millersville on Sept 13 and Cheyney on Sept. 20.
The first home game for the Golden Eagles will be against Gannon on Sept. 27th at 2 p.m. during this year’s Autumn Leaf Festival.
A battle for the Golden Eagles this season will be between sophomore Darelle Carson and sophomore Connor Simmons.
Carson and Simmons are both fighting for the starting QB position.
Carson will return as the starting quarterback, playing a total of 10 games during the 2013 season.
Last season, Carson completed 85 of 195 passes for 1,170 yards and five touchdowns in 2013 and also ran 157 times for 564 yards and six TD’s.
Connor, a transfer who showed off his skills in the spring, will work to get playing time.
On the offensive side Clarion has a studded returning line up. football online
Senior captain Mike Deitrick will return as a tight end junior Mark Nicholas, sophomore Matt Lehman and senior Caleb Mancini will return as top wideouts.
Running backs to look forward to seeing on the field for the Golden Eagles are senior Bobby Thomas, freshman Delrece WIllams and returning sophomore Johnnie Martin.
The Golden Eagles will also have returning senior tackle Ryan Barrick, senior guard Matt Kundick and junior Cameron Cress.
Defensively Clarion has nine starters who are looking to be the best seen in a few seasons.
“Defensively this year we have a lot of guys who are confident and know they can perform at a high level,” said Davis.
At defensive end will be senior captain Julian Howsare and at defensive tackle senior Matt Shuey.
Senior Bran Palmiere, junior Rocco Yauger and Davis return as linebackers. Along with returning starting safety junior Malik King with the help of sophomore Tyler Tucker.
Seeing plenty of playing time this season will be corners junior Cory Lauer, sophomore Adam Lynch and junior Kwaku Asamoah.
Sophomore placekicker Phil Esposito will lead special teams along with special teams snapper junior Eric White.
When asked what the team needs to do to achieve wins this season, Williams said, “We just need to focus on being a family and play football like we know how to.”
Simmons expressed that he believes to achieve a win the team needs to “play with confidence and trust in the person next to them to do their job.”

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