Joseph Lillard / Staff Writer
Clarion football has seen better starts to its seasons, and Edinboro only continued the trend.
Clarion dropped their battle in Edinboro on Sept. 30, 45-10, making it their fifth straight loss of the season.
Clarion got on the board in a hurry, courtesy of James Metzgar’s leg.
Metzgar booted a 33-yard attempt through the uprights to give the Eagles a 3-0 lead at the 10:47 mark in the first.
The Fighting Scots dominated the rest of the first half in front of a crowd of 3,356 fans on a chilly fall afternoon.
Edinboro scored three touchdowns in the last six minutes of the first quarter, by way of a 20-yard run, 70-yard run and a pick six.
The Fighting Scots squeaked in one more touchdown with about 30 seconds left in the half, setting the intermission score at 28-3.
Clarion began the first half on a high note.
Jeff Clemens connected with Mason Standards for a 20-yard strike for the end zone.
Metzgar added one more with his extra-point attempt, making it 28-10.
Edinboro regained its composure quickly and mightily.
The Fighting Scots posted 17 unanswered points to etch the final score in stone, 45-10.
Clarion produced 250 yards of total offense, and it averaged 61.0 yards for kickoff returns.
Despite the score, there were some positives to build on from the game.
Tyrone Archie said on the Eagle’s performance, “I feel like we played as a team and played for each other.”
This week, Clarion will not only host Autumn Leaf Festival, but it also will be the site of the Golden Eagles next football game.
Seton Hill comes to town for homecoming week.
With the events and activities going on for homecoming week and Autumn Leaf, it would be easy for a team to lose its focus.
However, Archie says that is not the cause.
Regardless of the circumstances, “We prepare for this game like we do for every game. We maintain focus by immersing ourselves in football when we are out there.”
The Golden Eagles got off to its worst start since 2011; back then, the team also started the season with an 0-5 record, including two losses in the PSAC.
The Edinboro Fighting Scots move to 3-2 with the win, and are now 1-1 in conference competition.
In good news for Clarion, after the 0-5 start in 2011, the team won game number six by a blowout score of 54-6, and would finish the season with three overall wins.
Six games remain for the Golden Eagles, only two will be played at home, and only one game remains against a non-conference opponent.
Clarion will look to snag the elusive first win as the University brings in the Autumn Leaf Festival.
The Golden Eagles have seemingly became worse every week, but it will try to get on the same page to avoid an 0-6 stretch.
The last home game of 2017 is set for Oct. 21 at noon against IUP.
Kickoff for the Seton Hill game is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Memorial Stadium on Oct. 7.