Seniors can usually describe their time playing a sport for their schools as a long, fun journey.
A group that has seen its fair share of rough seasons is closing out its college careers in tremendous fashion.
While the Golden Eagles dropped the Senior Day game to IUP 28-14, this season has been terrific so far for Clarion.
They jumped out to a 7-0 start, and that was the first time in decades.
At the team’s peak this year, it cracked the top 25 teams in the NCAA Division II football world, and it has a shot at the postseason.
A lot of this is because of the expert leadership from the seniors on the team.
All of this success definitely is a way to end their collegian careers, and as Jared Davis said, “This means a lot to us as seniors, being that we have put four years plus into Clarion football, and now our efforts are starting to pay off a bit. Later down the road, we can say that we sparked the tradition of restoring Clarion’s pride that it once had.” As the leaders of this team, the seniors reminded the team of how hungry it was in the beginning of the season and just going 4-0, 5-0, 6-0, etc. isn’t good enough. “Our ultimate goal is a championship. Until then, we can’t relax or lose sight of what we are aiming for. Staying hungry is a key aspect of our success, but our job isn’t done yet. We didn’t let our brothers or anyone on the team take a play off during practice. We kept the competitiveness up during the week and challenged our brothers like the other team would do on Saturday,” Davis said.
He continued, “Getting adapted to the mental aspect of football was the hardest challenge, remembering the plays and assignments. High school was sort of a free roam type of thing. Always, the balancing of school and football was definitely a challenge. It took some time to get used to. With all the football meetings, workouts, practice and school work to balance, it gets crazy sometimes.”
Davis added, “Clarion means everything to me. I will always be a Golden Eagle. I will always have these guys as brothers. This is a remarkable experience that I wouldn’t trade for anything, and I’m glad that I decide to play here and not anywhere else! I have Clarion Pride!”
Seniors include: Jared Davis, Rocco Yauger, Kwame Bell, Mark Nicholas, Tyler Tucker, Chris Liberto, Connor Scott, Kwaku Asamoah, Cory McNamara, Eddie Kurtz, Cameron Cress, Eric White, Shane Cress, Jaron Moorer, Garrett Sigler, Michael Collier, Andrew Fragale, Nate Payne and Brandon Short.
There are still two games left in the regular season, and playoffs are still a possibility.
The Golden Eagle travel to Slippery Rock this weekend in what is considered a must win game for Clarion.
If Clarion can defeat Slippery Rock, it will need Gannon to upset IUP for a chance to make the playoffs.
Not only is a playoff spot on the line, but the Milk Jug Rivalry will be going on.
The winner of the Slippery Rock – Clarion game will get to take the Milk Jug back to its school to display.