Clarion football falls to IUP 28-14

This past Saturday the Clarion Golden Eagles Football team came in ranked 29 facing off against IUP.

Last Saturday was also Senior Day at Clarion’s Memorial Stadium, with 19 Clarion seniors recognized in pre-game

Clarion Head Coach Chris Weibel said, “This year’s class of seniors is a good group of seniors. They work hard and believe in each other. The guys who are veterans can lead and show the other guys on our team how it should be done, and that’s a huge part of our success this season.”

The game started out with IUP getting the first two scores in the game, both coming in the first quarter giving them a 13-0 lead.

The Golden Eagles were able to battle back in the second and take the lead 14-13 with two touchdown passes by junior quarterback Connor Simmons.

Sophomore running back Delrece Williams had the first for 22 yards, while freshman wide receiver Khalil Webster had the other touchdown reception for 10 yards.

Unfortunately for the Golden Eagles, in the second half they only managed 53 total yards offensively as IUP scored two touchdowns to knock off Clarion 28-14.

In the loss, Simmons broke the Clarion record for single season passing yards as he now has 3,044.

Simmons broke the record of head coach Weibel who had set the record in 1996.

With the loss, the Golden Eagles now fall to 7-2.

Weibel talked about the loss, saying, “IUP was a good team. We made some mistakes got into a lot of 3rd and long situations dropping few passes and punt return late.”

Senior defensive end Kwame Bell said “We played against a good team, and we had a solid game play on offense and defense and we were unable to pull out a win that day, the better team won. A few just balls didn’t go our way.”

Standout junior wide receiver Matt Lehman who leads the team in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns was unable to play in the game.

Weibel said “We missed Matt, he’s a heck of a player. We missed his big play ability. Khalil stepped up in his place.” 

Simmons was 14 of 40 passing for 243 yards and two touchdowns.

Webster caught five passes for 105 yards and one touchdown, while  Williams had three catches for 44 yards and a score.

Kevin Genevro had two receptions for 64 yards.

Williams also carried 10 times for 44 yards. 

For Clarion defensively, senior defensive end Brandon Short lead with 12 tackles.

Golden Eagle senior safeties Cory McNamara and Chris Liberto each recorded 10 tackles and senior defensive tackle Andrew Fragale eight tackles two sacks.

Clarion’s next game will be this Saturday at Slippery Rock with a 1 p.m. kickoff.

Weibel said about the upcoming matchup this weekend, “Every week is a big week this week is no different. We’re excited to play this game and have an opportunity at a championship.”

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