Austin Troutman / Sports Editor
Clarion’s Golden Eagle football team began the season with three bad games.
In those three, Clarion was shutout twice and then lost 29-20 against Bloomsburg on Sept. 9.
After a 0-3 start, the Golden Eagles ended its three game homestand with the first conference game of the season.
Mercyhurst University traveled in for a 1 p.m. kickoff at Memorial Stadium, not realizing how close the result would be.
Clarion’s opponent came into the game with a record of 1-2, without a game against PSAC competition.
Both teams had to play under a hot sun in late September, as it was 80 degrees at kickoff.
Defense was very good in the first half for both teams, and halftime arrived with a 7-7 score.
Each team scored an unanswered touchdown in the first two quarters, Mercyhurst in the first and Clarion in the second.
The second half saw more action, and both teams scored in the final two quarters as the game ended with a close score of 21-18.
Clarion scored 11 total points in the second half, while Mercyhurst scored a touchdown each quarter to win the game by three.
The Golden Eagles tried to make the game close, and after a successful two-point conversion, the score got to within three, but Clarion ran out of time.
Defensively, Mercyhurst figured out the right sequence for the last eight minutes of the game, and the small lead was good enough to win the game.
As far as statistics go for the Golden Eagles, Asiantii Woulard completed 13 passes out of 30 attempts for 195 yards.
However, he had only one touchdown, two interceptions and was sacked six times.
The best running back against Mercyhurst was Mylique McGriff, running 13 times for 66 yards, which as an average of 5.1 yards per attempt.
Finally, Mason Standard led the way in receiving with four long catches, netting him 62 yards and an average of 15.5 yards per catch.
Clarion’s only defensive sack was recorded by Brandon Vocco, which moved Mercyhurst back eight yards.
With the win for Mercyhurst, they move to 2-2 overall and 1-0 in the PSAC.
The Golden Eagles will go on the road against Edinboro University to continue the long string of PSAC games, on Sept. 30 at 4 p.m.
The next home game involves the Seton Hill Griffins on Oct. 7 at 2 p.m.
With the rough start of 0-4, Clarion looks to rebound for that first win of the season, and there would be no better way to get a win than beating a conference rival.
In good news for the Golden Eagles, only one loss occurred in the PSAC.
Clarion’s last 0-4 start was in 2011, a season which ended with a 3-8 record.