Clarion traveled to Seton Hill this past Saturday to take on the Griffins. The Golden Eagles unfortunately lost by a score of 27-23. Clarion’s record fell to 2-4 (1-2 in the PSAC West).
Through the first half of the game, the Golden Eagles and Griffins battled it out, matching each other point-to-point. Seton Hill opened up the scoring mid-way through the first quarter at 7:25. The touchdown came off of an 89-yard drive that was capped off with a 19-yard pass from Christian Strong to Logan Carns. Clarion refused to sit back. The Golden Eagles flew down the field with a 56-yard drive of its own. Jeff Clemens punched in a touchdown from the 1-yard line to tie the game at 7-7 with 5:15 remaining in the quarter.
Seton Hill would pull ahead yet again after Clarion’s defense held strong in the red zone, denying Seton Hill of a touchdown and third down conversion. The Griffins were forced to settle for a 22-yard field goal to put the Griffins up 10-7 in the second quarter at the 7:12 mark. Clarion would again respond. Defensive end Paul Blendinger recovered a fumble off a Seton Hill snap. Clarion drove for 44 yards that took a measly 27 seconds. Clarion grabbed the lead when Clemens found Kevin Genevro for a 27-yard touchdown. Kicker Phil Esposito missed the point after attempt, leaving Clarion in the lead for the first time in the game with a score of 13-10.
Clarion came in the third quarter looking to put some distance between them and Seton Hill. The Golden Eagles drove down the field to get into field goal range. Clarion’s kicker Phil Esposito nailed the 39-yard field goal to put Clarion up by six, bringing the score to 16-10. The wave of momentum stayed with Clarion while they shut Seton Hill out the entire quarter. Towards the very end, Clarion’s Tyrone Cromwell intercepted a pass from Strong and brought the ball to Seton Hill’s 5-yard line. This set up the Clemens-Genevro duo for their second touchdown connection of the game. Clarion was soaring above Seton Hill with a 23-10 lead. The Griffins would need at least two touchdowns to bring down the Golden Eagles.
Unfortunately, Clarion lost its ability to fly as the Griffins heated up with two rushing touchdowns from Kahlil Howard, one of which was off a demoralizing 91-yard drive. Seton Hill ended the games scoring with a 20-yard field goal from Henao.
The Golden Eagles failed to capitalize on Seton Hill’s 124 penalty yard throughout the game, and allowed its opponents to amass 507 cumulative yards compared to Clarion’s 291. The Golden Eagles will return home to face PSAC rival California this Saturday as they look to snap its two game losing streak.