This past weekend the Clarion Golden Eagles football team hosted the Edinboro Fighting Scots.
It was homecoming weekend for the Golden Eagles; the game followed the conclusion of the Autumn Leaf Festival parade and Edinboro came out on top with a 62-14 victory.
Edinboro scored on its opening drive of the game, going up 7-0.
The Golden Eagles then failed to capitalize on its first redzone opportunity, driving the ball inside the 5-yard line, but were unable to get into the end zone.
Clarion was then able to force Edinboro to punt, but the Golden Eagles sophomore punt returner Kyle Evans fumbled on the return, setting up the Fighting Scots with a short field.
Edinboro scored on the first play from scrimmage, quickly making the score 14-0.
On the Golden Eagles next drive, senior quarterback, Connor Simmons, lost the football while being sacked, resulting in another turnover.
Edinboro started its next drive near midfield, and then capitalized on blown coverage amounting in a 52-yard passing score, producing a 20-0 score after the first quarter.
Head coach Chris Weibel said, “We weren’t ready to play, we were flat. There was no pregame excitement and a lot of homecoming and pregame distractions. We are a really young team and have to stay focused. We have to play with excitement and emotion on the field.”
After an early score to open up the second, Clarion trailed 27-0.
Clarion got on the scoreboard its next drive as junior running back Delrece Williams had an 11-yard rushing touchdown.
Edinboro responded instantly, taking the ensuing kickoff back for a touchdown, making it 34-7.
Later on in the third quarter, Williams had his second rushing touchdown of the game, which contributed to the final score of Clarion falling 62-14.
Simmons completed 20 of his 35 passing attempts on the day for 230 yards along with one interception.
Williams totaled 125 rushing yards in the contest, along with his two touchdowns.
Evans led the receiving core with 89 yard on five receptions.
Senior wide out Matt Lehman recorded six receptions for 81 yards.
Fellow senior Kevin Genevro had three receptions for 34 yards receiving.
The team now falls to a record of 2-3 on the season.
They will return to action this Saturday for a noon start as they travel to Greensburg, PA to take on the Seton Hill Griffins.
Weibel said “Seton Hill is a good program. It’s always been a battle with them. We have to put our guys in the best position to win.”
Weibel and the Golden Eagles will attempt to redeem themselves this weekend and return to a .500 record on the season.