Clarion football drops to 0-3; shutout for second time in 2017

Jake Deemer / Staff Writer

Clarion’s offensive showing in football was rendered useless in a 31-0 loss against Shippensburg University on Sept. 16.

The Golden Eagles trailed by one touchdown at halftime.

Senior quarterback Ryan Zapoticky led the Red Raider offense, completing 21 of 38 passes for 340 yards and two touchdowns.

Shippensburg’s Zapoticky found Abel Hoff for a 34-yard touchdown late in the first quarter; the only score in the half.

That touchdown capped off a 93-yard drive.

In total, the Clarion defense gave up 513 yards.

It was a completely different story for Shippensburg’s defense, as it held Clarion to just 19 rushing yards, 259 in total.

Early in the third quarter, Zapoticky found Winston Eubanks who turned on the jets for an 80-yard touchdown to double the lead.

Late in the quarter, Shippensburg backed in Clarion’s defense, eventually scoring on a 5-yard touchdown pass to Colin McDermott making the score 21-0.

The poor performance of the Clarion offense headlined the game.

Asiantii Woulard was 12-32 for 167 yards before being pulled after a couple of bad drives. Sophomore QB Jeff Clemens would replace Woulard for the rest of the game.

Clemens completed four passes for 73 yards.

Clarion is outscored 96-20 in the first three weeks of the season and move to 0-3 overall record while Shippensburg remains undefeated, 3-0 overall on the young season.

In the three games by the Golden Eagles, two of the losses went down as shutouts.

A Clarion crowd of 1,941 people witnessed yet another poor offensive performance by the home team, as it struggles to get hot early in 2017.

Good news remains for Clarion, however, as it has yet to face a team from the PSAC.

A 0-3 record may be cause for concern, but the Golden Eagles look for a fresh start against a seven-game conference stretch.

Every game except for the season’s finale will be against teams from within the conference, so if there was ever a time for a team to start a hot streak, now would be that time.

Clarion will wrap up their three-game home stand this Saturday in a contest against conference rival Mercyhurst University.

The game will take place Saturday Sept. 23 at 1 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.

Following the long homestand, the Golden Eagles will travel to Edinboro to take on the Fighting Scots on Sept. 30 at 4 p.m.

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