Clarion Football Travels to Edinboro Saturday

Clarion University FootballCLARION, Pa. (EYT) – Riding their best season start since 1983, Clarion first year head coach Chris Weibel and the Golden Eagles travel to Edinboro on Saturday to take on the Fighting Scots at Sox Harrison Stadium at 2:00 p.m.

The PSAC-Western Division game will also be produced live by Sportsfever TV.

All the game action between Clarion and Edinboro can be heard on the Golden Eagle radio network, which includes WCCR-FM, 92.7 in Clarion and WKQW-FM, 96.3 in Oil City, as well as on the internet at with Mike Kalinowski providing the play by play and Joe Lodanosky offering color commentary.

The game will also be produced by Sportsfever TV with Dan Watson providing the play-byplay, Scott Bacon on as color analyst and Greg Gania on the sideline. The game will air live nationwide on ESPN 3 and ESPN College Extra, along with WPNT-PGH (22 – Clarion Comcast 12), WJAC-Johnstown (6.2), WHP-Harrisburg (21.2), WPHL-Philadelphia (17.4), WETM-Elmira, N.Y. (18.2) and Blue Ridge Cable. (See list below – local listings for over air, Satellite and Cable Channels).


The Golden Eagles are 5-0 and 2-0 in the PSAC-Western Division after defeating Mercyhurst last Saturday 41-27. Clarion QB Connor Simmons passed for 431 yards and 3 touchdowns, plus ran for 2 touchdowns in the win.

Two weeks ago Clarion stunned Gannon 47-31, a team that was the pre-season pick to win the West. In that game Connor Simmons passed for 350 yards and 4 touchdowns, with all four touchdown passes going to Matt Lehman.

Three weeks ago Clarion jumped out to a 31-6 halftime advantage against Cheyney and rolled to a 59-6 win. The 53-point winning margin was the third highest in Golden Eagle football history. In week two the Eagles defeated Millersville 27-21 after getting out to a 20-7 halftime lead.

The Eagles opened 2015 with an impressive 40-13 win at Lock Haven.

Off to a 5-0 start – this is the best start for a Clarion football team since Gene Sobolewski was the head coach in 1983 and the Eagles opened the year 7-0 and went on to win the PSAC Championship 27-14 over East Stroudsburg in Hershey. That team finished 9-2, and was upset in week #8 against Edinboro 28-8.

The Golden Eagles were 2-9 overall and 2-7 in the PSAC-West a year ago under former head coach Jay Foster. Weibel has focused the Golden Eagle players, staff and alumni on “changing the culture” at Clarion – and working to “Restore The Pride” of its proud football tradition.


The Edinboro Fighting Scots have a very deceptive 0-5 overall record and an 0-2 mark in the PSAC-West entering Saturday’s game. Edinboro opened the season with a 30-10 loss to St. Joseph’s, a 20-13 loss to Shippensburg, a 56-12 loss at East Stroudsburg, a tough 37-30 loss at home to California and last week’s 42-21 loss at IUP.

Head coach Scott Browning is in his 10th season as Edinboro’s head coach and his 30th year in the program. A 57-48 record as head coach, Browning’s top teams at Edinboro were in 2008 (9-2 overall) and 2009 (9-4 overall & trip to NCAA Playoffs). Edinboro was 3-8 a year ago and 2-7 in the PSAC-West.


Edinboro leads the overall series between the two schools 44-39-2 dating back to 1926. The Scots are on a 5-game win streak against Clarion including 2014 (56-28), 2013 (9-7), 2012 (48-13), 2011 (21-10) and in 2010 (31-14).

In 2009 Clarion traveled to Edinboro and upset the #21 ranked Scots by a 30-17 margin. The Scots had won six straight meetings before 2009 – posting wins in 2008 (35-10), 2007 (49-30), 2006 (13-0), 2005 (44-0), 2004 (21-10) and 2003 (35-6). Prior to 2009, Clarion’s last win was a 24-18 decision at Edinboro in 2002.

In the last 21 games Edinboro has the edge by a 15-6 count. Clarion’s six wins were in 1994 (24-20), 1997 (28-0), 1998 (33-20), 2000 (7-0), 2002 (24-18) and 2009 (30-17). The Fighting Scots 15 victories came in 1995 (28-6), 1996 (48-35), 1999 (30-29), 2001 (24-12), 2003 (35-6), 2004 (21-10), 2005 (44-0), 2006 (13-0), 2007 (49-30), 2008 (35-10), 2010 (31-14), 2011 (21-10, 2012 (48-13), 2013 (9-7) and 2014 (56-28).


The Clarion offense is getting 452.8 yards per game (#7 in PSAC), including 116.6 on the ground (#11 in PSAC) and 336.2 through the air (#3 in PSAC).

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