This past Thursday the Clarion Golden Eagles football team kicked off their season against the Lock Haven Bald Eagles at their home field, Memorial Stadium.
The Golden Eagles got on the scoreboard in the 1st with a 24 yard field goal by Senior Kicker Phil Esposito to gain an early 3-0 lead.
Lock Haven then responded by tying the game at 3 early on in the 2nd quarter before the moment swung in the Golden Eagles direction as Clarion scored 3 consecutive touchdowns to close out the half.
The first of the touchdowns was a 43 yard connection between senior Golden Eagles quarterback Connor Simmons and senior wide out Kevin Genevro.
The second touchdown was a 12 yard reception by another senior wide receiver Matt Lehman.
The final touchdown score of the half with under two minutes until halftime was an 11 yard rushing touchdown by junior running back Delrece Williams.
The Golden Eagles took a 24-3 lead into the half. Head Coach Chris Weibel said “The beginning of the game there was high expectations and pressure but were able to settle in and the team took off after a slow start.”
The Golden Eagles received the ball to start off the second half and were able to score on their first drive of the second half as Simmons connected with Genevro for the second time on the day this time for a 26 yard strike.
This made the score 31-3 in favor of the Golden Eagles.
Weibel said “After the score was 31-3 didn’t like the defense lack of intensity but it was a great learning point and I was happy overall with how they played. They are very fast and athletic on defense we had four true freshman start on defense and they really stepped up.”
Lock Haven scored two touchdowns as the game winded down and Esposito made his second field goal on the day along with Simmons connecting with redshirt Golden Eagle freshman wide out Seneca Wallace for a 71 yard bomb to give Simmons four touchdowns on the day.
This was the final score of the game and resulted in a 41-24 final in favor of the Golden Eagles.
Simmons finished the day completing 25 of his 41 passing attempts for 396 yards and four passing touchdowns.
Coach Wiebel said “Conor did a nice job managing the game had a little pressure on himself but settled down had a nice game.”
Simmons performance last Thursday against Lock Haven earned him PSAC West Athlete of the week honors.
Wallace finished as the leading receiver for the Golden Eagles with four receptions for 121 yards and a touchdown.
Genevro finished the day with four receptions 92 yards and two touchdowns.
The Golden Eagles will be back in action this Saturday as they travel to Bloomsburg to take on the Huskies at 3pm.