Joseph Lillard – Sports Editor
The Golden Eagles football team dropped another heartbreaker, as Indiana University of Pennsylvania ran all its defense en route to 42-17.
Things started out bright for the Eagles.
After giving up a touchdown early in the first, Clarion responded with two scores of its own.
They evened the score after Kyle Evans busted out a 68-yard run for a touchdown.
They gained the advantage in the contest after a 13-yard pass from Jeff Clemens led to Seneca Williams finding the end zone.
After the second half started, IUP struck back with another touchdown, the only passing one for Indiana of the game.
Phil Esposito put the Eagles back on top with a 41-yard field goal at the 7:38 mark in the third quarter.
After the kick, the score stood Clarion 17, IUP 14.
At this point, IUP’s offense came to life.
The Hawks used a string of four straight rushing touchdowns to finalize score at 42-17.
Kyle Evans paced the Eagles’ running game with 115 yards, 8.6 yards per carry.
Clemens threw for 125 yards and a touchdown.
However, his passes were intercepted three times in the game.
IUP ran all over the team, amassing 411 of its 594 total yards on the ground.
To hang with a team as highly ranked as IUP, Clarion had a lot to be proud of.
As Tyrone Archie puts it, “We started the game out very well. They were very energized and excited to play. We played really well the first half. We went into half time leading the game. Coming out of halftime IUP came back strong, and it was a fight to the end of the game.”
As Clarion’s football season draws closer to its end, Archie says the team must, “Stick together and play for each other as a family.”
Slippery Rock comes to town this Saturday, and that game kicks off at noon.
Archie added, “We prepare the same way as we always do. We just adjust the schemes and play calling to better fit the way Slippery Rock plays.”
This Saturday will be a string of home games that the Eagles will close out the season with.
Not bad to start off that home stand with the Milk Jug Game.
Clarion gets a chance to catch their breath.
California University of Pennsylvania is currently ranked 6th in the nation for division two football.
Indiana University of Pennsylvania weighs in at number 12 overall.
Slippery Rock fell out of the top 25 teams in division two football two weeks ago.