One’s an accident, two’s a trend and three’s a problem. If the Golden Eagles keep this up, they will be a problem for any team opposing them.
The Clarion Golden Eagles won this past Saturday against Cheyney University with a final score of 59-6.
This team dominated their opponents on both sides of the ball.
The Eagles piled up 420 yards of total offense.
Connor Simmons fired four touchdowns for the second time this season, and he did it without throwing an interception.
He threw for 221 of those yards while completing 55 percent of his passes.
The Golden Eagle’s defense forced five turnovers, three fumbles and two interceptions.
They also only allowed 101 yards of total offense for Cheyney, while limiting them to only five first downs.
Clarion opened the scoring with a nine-yard pass to Delrece Williams from Simmons.
Phil Esposito, who was perfect with point after attempts, added the extra point to give the Eagles a 7-0 lead.
Later, Esposito would tack on three more points with his 30-yard field goal sailing through the uprights to make it a 10 point game.
Cheyney put up their lone score on a 66-yard touchdown pass.
The extra point attempt was blocked and the score stayed at 10-6.
Andrew Fragale recovered a fumble in the end zone, to make the score 17-6.
Simmons finished off his four touchdown day by throwing his final three to Matt Lehman, going for six, eight and 10 yards, respectively resulting in a 38-6 score.
After that, Darelle Carson came into the game and fired a 31-yard bomb to Khalil Webster, extending the score to 45-6.
Not to be outdone, the defense scored another touchdown when Jacob Craig took an interception back to the house, giving Clarion a 52-6 lead.
Clarion finished the scoring display by adding on a rushing touchdown.
KaDarrius Campbell got into the end zone with a five-yard run, finalizing the score at 59-6.
With the convincing win, Clarion improved to 3-0 to start the season.
Simmons said, “It’s an awesome feeling right now. Starting out 3-0 is a huge confidence boost going into week four against an undefeated Gannon team. With all this success, a team can easily slip up and begin a slump.”
Senior Jared Davis said that in 2013, Clarion, “started out 3-0, and finished 4-7, and these seniors are not about to have history repeat itself.
The seniors and I constantly remind the family [team] that our job isn’t finished.
What our record is doesn’t matter because we still have eight more teams left that don’t know we are 33 strong!” he said.
Clarion faces a big test this weekend, facing the conference favorite Gannon, on the road.
If they win, they will be coming back to Memorial Stadium 4-0 going into homecoming weekend.