Clarion downs Seton Hill 44-29, remains unbeaten at 7-0 heading into final stretch

The Clarion offense posted a record-breaking performance this past Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

The Golden Eagle offense finished with a combined 676 yards of total offense in its 44-29 win over PSAC-Western Division opponent Seton Hill.football online

Clarion improved its record to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the PSAC-West, while Seton Hill dropped to 2-5 overall and 1-4 in the West.

Various Golden Eagles had huge days against the Griffins from Seton Hill.

Clarion was led on the offensive side of the ball by quarterback Connor Simmons, who had 432 yards passing through the air and four touchdown passes.

Simmons top receiver, Matt Lehman, finished the day with seven receptions for 159 yards and one touchdown.

Running back Delrece Williams had a career day against the Griffins rushing for 201 yards with one rushing touchdown, while also recording 108 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown.

The outstanding performances from Simmons, Lehman, and Williams would not have been possible without the offensive linemen.

The Golden Eagles are playing without two starting offensive linemen who were lost to injury, but that doesn’t seem to be affecting their performance.

Center Cameron Cress said, “We really pride ourselves on our next man in mentality. We don’t care who we have that’s healthy, whoever we have to play is who we are going to play with and do our best to succeed with.”

The Clarion offense scored on the first possession of the game in the heavy snowfall.

Simmons led the offense on a five-play, 75-yard drive that was capped off by a 10-yard Simmons touchdown pass to receiver Kevin Genevro.

Seton Hill responded to tie the game on its first offensive possession of the game with a 77-yard drive that ended with a one-yard run from running back Brandon Stout.

The Griffins then took a 10-7 lead with 41 seconds left in the first quarter on a 20-yard field goal from kicker Jesser Boulnemour.

Clarion would knot the game back up at the 7:05 mark of the second quarter on a Phil Esposito 22- yard field goal.

After another Esposito field goal from 22 yards out toward the end of the second quarter, Clarion went into halftime holding a 13-10 lead.

On the day, Esposito hit two field goals from 22 yards out, while also converting on a 25-yard field goal.

The turning point of the game occurred on the second half kickoff, when Golden Eagle linebacker Jacob Craig forced and recovered a fumble at the Seton Hill 30-yard line.

The Clarion offense would go on to score 17 unanswered points on a field goal from Esposito and receiving touchdowns from Lehman and Williams.

The Clarion defense was led by seniors Chris Liberto and Kwame Bell.

Liberto led the team in tackles with nine while Bell recorded three tackles, two tackles for losses, and two pass break ups while blocking one kick.

Liberto believes that his team is mentally stronger than ever as the get ready to face California this upcoming Saturday.

“We will do whatever it takes in order to attain our team goal regardless of who is in our way,” Liberto said. “We want the championship.”

The Golden Eagles look to go 8-0 during its next game away at California (Pa.).

A fan bus will be available to take interested fans to the game on Saturday.

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