Clarion football battles to first 2017 win

Austin Troutman / Sports Editor

 

Clarion University’s football team got off to its worst start since 2011, posting an 0-5 record.

On Oct. 7, the Seton Hill University Griffins traveled to Clarion and celebrated Autumn Leaf Festival, both teams having yet to record a win.

When the game began with a 2 p.m. kickoff, both teams matched each other almost identically throughout the first half.

Clarion trailed by one point in each of the first two quarters, 7-6 after the first, and 21-20 at halftime.

Both the Griffins and the Golden Eagles were looking to improve the defensive strategy during the halftime intermission, and Clarion posted a zero in the third quarter to take the lead 30-21

Clarion football was held to only a field goal in the fourth quarter, but with time running down, Seton Hill could only score a touchdown and the game concluded with the final score of 33-28.

The Golden Eagles picked up its first win of 2017, matching the 2011 team with a 1-5 season through six contests.

2011’s version of Clarion football ended with a 3-8 record, going 3-3 in the last six games of the season.

The team from 2017 looks to beat that mark, but it certainly will not be easy.

With five games remaining on the schedule, five are on the road and five are against conference rivals.

The football season will end on Nov. 11 when the Eagles will head to West Chester for an afternoon game against the Golden Rams.

Offensively, Clarion became more consistent as a unit, scoring in all four quarters of the game for the first time this season.

The offense was led by the week’s top performers Asiantii Woulard, Kyle Evans and Mason Standard.

The junior quarterback Woulard threw for an impressive 267 yards and two scores, averaging 14 yards per completion.

Junior running back Evans put up another good game for Clarion, collecting a season high 103 yards: the first such game in his collegiate career.

The greatest game on the stat sheet this week came from freshman Standard.

Standard, in his fourth ever game in which he made a play, caught eight passes for 117 yards and three scores: the only three touchdowns for Clarion against Seton Hill.

The Golden Eagles will have to travel to California, Pa to take on its next opponent, the Vulcans, at 3 p.m.

California University will enter the game with a record of 4-2, and Clarion has not defeated its rival since 2004.

In 86 prior meetings, the Vulcans own a 45-38-3 record over the Eagles.

The final home game for the Golden Eagles is scheduled for Oct. 21 at noon against Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

More people have been coming out to enjoy the Eagles play, as an audience of 5277 patrons witnessed the first victory of the season on a nice 77 degree today.

Clarion hopes to have a pakced Memorial Stadium for the last football game of 2017 when it takes on IUP on Oct. 21 for the annual Senior Day.

The Golden Eagles move to 1-3 at home, and 1-2 in the PSAC.

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