Clarion goes down 45-10 to a rush heavy Fighting Scots attack

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Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 at 9:24 PM
Clarion goes down 45-10 to a rush heavy Fighting Scots attack by Mike Lantinen

Following one of Edinboro’s first games that permitted tailgating, the Fighting Scots got back on track, defeating the winless Clarion Golden Eagles, 45-10. On the back of leading rusher Walter Fletcher, who tallied 30 attempts over four quarters and over 200 yards rushing, the Scots’ run game wore down Clarion’s defense.

Two fumbles by Ta’Nauz Gregory on two straight Clarion kickoffs to open the game certainly made for a foreboding opening few minutes. Regardless, he was met with unshaken confidence from the rest of his teammates, including quarterback Jake Sisson and fellow wide receiver James Clark.

“After the fumbles I knew we were fine. It was early in the game and I knew he would bounce back, he is a dog,” Brandon Anderson ensured. 

The Clarion sideline had life. The winless team saw an opportunity to capitalize and finally take the zero out of the win column, but the stout Edinboro defense had other plans. Setting the tone early on, as they often do, was the Edinboro secondary.

Anderson continued, “It’s very important to set the tone of the game early, be aggressive and always bring that intensity.”

Leading the way and earning PSAC West Defensive Player of the Week honors was cornerback Zuril Hendricks. Hendricks intercepted the ball twice in the game, and he returned one of them or a touchdown in the first half. A play in the second half almost gave Hendricks his third pick, but he would collide with fellow safety DeVon Groves, who jokingly claimed that Hendricks was getting too greedy.

The majority of Sisson’s snaps would come from the shotgun where he was flanked by Fletcher. The threat to run was there all night, giving Sisson the ability to run the play action with great efficiency. During the drive that led to his first passing touchdown, he was able to mix it up with running back sweeps, play- action passes and a screen pass.

The Scots would go up 28-3 at the end of the first half, leaving very little doubt in the fans at Sox Harrison. Finishing off the second quarter in style, the offense for the Scots caught Clarion off guard. Deep in the Golden Eagles red zone, Sisson threw to Gregory in motion on the right side of the field. Gregory looked up field only to immediately bring the ball up into a throwing motion as he threw it all the way across the field to a wide open Sisson who trotted in for a touchdown.

The second half didn’t bring as much excitement, but the Fighting Scots kept it a quiet game, holding their opponent to seven points while adding 17 of their own.

The next game will be against Gannon University, Saturday at noon, followed by Edinboro’s homecoming matchup against Mercyhurst at home. For coverage of those games, tune into 88.9 WFSE radio or tune into Edinboro television at edinboronow.com for the homecoming contest.

Michael Lantinen can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com. 

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