Joseph Lillard – Sports Editor
It was a memorable afternoon at Memorial Stadium.
Connor Simmons set the touchdown record, and the Golden Eagles beat Gannon by a final score of 41-35.
However, it wasn’t all smooth soaring for Clarion.
Gannon ran the ball early on to take a 7-0 lead.
Clarion kicked a 41-yard field goal to get on the board and round out the first quarter scoring.
After Gannon returned an interception for a touchdown, Clarion scored two touchdowns in the second quarter.
The first was a 19-yard pass to Kevin Genevro.
Then, Simmons connected with Gage Clark for a 17-yard passing touchdown.
Gannon regained and carried the lead into the half after a 19-yard passing touchdown of its own, setting the halftime score at 21-17.
The Eagles shattered through the deadlock.
They scored two passing touchdowns, a 23-yard and a 1-yard to Genevro before the third quarter ended.
Phil Esposito added to the scoring run with a 32-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter.
Gannon, down 34-21, tried to kick-start a comeback with a touchdown shortly after Clarion’s field goal.
Simmons and Matt Lehman put that effort to rest with a 12-yard touchdown pass to give Clarion a two possession lead with 2:23 left in the game.
Gannon rushed the ball in one more time to set the final score.
Simmons completed 25 of his 34 passes, threw for 313 yards and launched five touchdowns for the winners.
Genevro hauled in three touchdowns and he collected 127 yards.
Lehman finished with 99 yards to go with his touchdown.
Clarion’s defense only allowed Gannon’s starting quarterback, Zach Phillips, to complete seven passes on his way to 123 yards and a touchdown.
They also forced Phillips to throw an interception and sacked him in the contest.
Clarion finishes off its regular season at home this Saturday.
The Golden Eagles look to end on a three game win-streak as they take on West Chester at noon.