Clarion football drops home opener 29-20

Joseph Lillard / Sports Writer

Clarion opened its season at home Sept. 9, and the Eagles landed on the wrong end of the scoreboard.

Clarion dropped its game against Bloomsburg, 29-20.

The Golden Eagles kicked off the scoring with a successful 33-yard field goal courtesy of James Metzgar.

Bloomsburg responded with back-to-back touchdowns: one a two-yard rush, and the other a 10-yard pass.

Early in the second quarter, Metzgar booted his second field goal of the contest making the score 14-6, Huskies.

Barely five minutes later, Asiantii Woulard completed a 16-yard strike to Clay Byerly.

Metzgar tacked on the extra point to make the game 14-13 in favor of Bloomsburg.

Bloomsburg used a 30-yard field goal to add three more points to its lead.

Before the half was through, Greg Leonard and Woulard hooked up for a 44-yard touchdown pass.

Metzgar added on one to set the first half score at 20-17 on the side of the Golden Eagles.

Unfortunaely, the Huskies dominated the second half.

Bloomsburg scored 12 unanswered points, including two field goals over 30 yards and a one-yard rushing touchdown with a two-point conversion.

That finalized the score at 29-20 with the Huskies coming out on top.

Clarion ‘s Tyrone Archie shared his thoughts on the competitive game: “Overall, the game didn’t work out the way we would prefer, but we take it as a learning experience to correct or mistakes and improve.”

Looking ahead to Clarion’s next battle, Archie, a junior, said , “We focus on ourselves. We focus to improve and get better daily. We will study our opponent this week and prepare ourselves to play them.”

The Golden Eagles football team put up a tough fight against Bloomsburg, and even though it lost, there are many positives to take away.

After being shutout in the season opener in Tennessee, Clarion stays optimistic that they can do well to finish out the season.

Head football coach Christopher Weibel said, “I would like to see my team compete with everyone in the PSAC. We have an opportunity to be very good this season.”

Weibel went on to say, “We are a young team, but we will grow as the season goes on. We are a very talented group.”

Clarion has been outscored by 45 points over the two games, but that is just one of the obstacles that this young team will have to face as the season goes on.

Clarion stays home this week going head-to-head with Shippensburg University.

Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. on the Sept. 16.

The first conference game comes against Mercyhurst University on Sept. 23 at 1 p.m.

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