The student surpasses the master, Simmons is the new touchdown leader

Alex Henry – Staff Writer

This past weekend during the Clarion Golden Eagles football game against Gannon University, Clarion Golden Eagle quarterback senior Connor Simmons broke the Clarion record for passing touchdowns in a career.

Simmons entered the game with 61 career passing touchdowns and was able to torch the secondary of Gannon for five passing TDs, the fifth touchdown having him break the record.

The 18-year-old record of 65 passing touchdowns in a career at Clarion, was previously held by current Golden Eagle head coach Chris Weibel and was set back in 1998.

He said, “I’m proud of him. I knew he was on track and was worried about him getting there when he got injured.”

Weibel continued, “I always wanted to be the coach when a guy broke my own record, very proud of him he deserves it.  He now sits at 66 with a game to go, we will see where he finishes.”

Simmons is a three year starter for the Golden Eagles, and in his 28 games played, he was able to surpass Weibel’s record that was set with 38 games.

Simmons played 10 games as a sophomore and had 13 passing touchdowns.

Last season as a junior, Simmons had a tremendous year and played 11 games for Clarion, recording a total of 34 passing touchdowns, which is also Golden Eagle record that was previously held by Weibel, who had 32 touchdowns in the 1996 season.

After missing some time this season with injury, Simmons was able to return and has passed for 19 touchdowns this year.

Simmons said on his accomplishment, “It was an awesome feeling. I’ve put in a lot of time and effort to be the best I can be throughout my career, and to hit a milestone like this is a really great. It’s even a better feeling knowing it was coach Weibel’s record and he got to experience with me as a head coach.”

Simmons will look to continue to add to his Clarion record as the Golden Eagles will host West Chester to close out the season this weekend at Memorial Stadium.

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