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1983 Golden Eagle PSAC Title Team Honored At Halftime


RB - Eddie Emmanuel

Sept. 9, 2008

(CLARION, PA): Following Clarion's exciting 26-20 win at Kutztown last Saturday, the Golden Eagles return home this Saturday, September 13th, to host East Stroudsburg. Kickoff at Memorial Stadium is set for 4:00 p.m. in a game that will be televised across Pennsylvania on the PA- Sportsfever TV Network

Clarion will also mark the return of members of the 1983 PSAC Championship team. Those memebrs will be recognized during halftime ceremonies.

The game can also be heard on the Golden Eagle Football network, which includes WCCR-FM, 92.7 and WKQW-FM, 96.3, as well as on the internet at Redzonemedia.com with Mike Kalinowski doing the play by play and Joe Lodanosky offering color commentary.

FOSTER IN HIS THIRD SEASON AT CLARION

Clarion head coach Jay Foster is in his third season leading the Golden Eagles with an overall record of 2-22. Foster came to the Golden Eagles after coaching 18 seasons at Slippery Rock, including the last 17 as defensive coordinator. The young Golden Eagles played 30 freshmen a year ago and are hoping the featuring of that youth movement is ready to pay some dividends in 2008.

2007 EAGLES 0-11/PLAYED RUGGED SCHEDULE

The 2007 Clarion squad was young an inexperienced. The team was 0-11 overall and 0-6 in the PSAC-West, but the Golden Eagles played an awesome schedule and did have opportunities to win.

Of Clarion's 11 opponents, 8 were ranked during the season in the nation's top 30. And Clarion's opponents were a combined 78-47 (63%), with three going to the NCA D-II Playoffs.

In the final 4 weeks of 2007 Clarion could have won all four games. Clarion led Fairmont 14-13 in the fourth before losing 21-14, led NCAA bound IUP 21-10 in the third quarter before bowing 38-31 and led Edinboro four times before losing 49-30. The season finale saw the Eagles lose to Lock Haven 17-14 in OT.

CLARION (1-1) RALLIES TO DEFEAT KUTZTOWN 26-20

In monsoon-like conditions last Saturday, Clarion rallied from a 20-0 halftime deficit to defeat Kutztown 26-20. Gino Rometo and Eddie Emmanuel scored two td's each and Jimmy Simmons was named the PSAC-West Defensive "Player of the Week" after posting 9 tackles and 4 tfl's. Clairon opened the season on August 28th with a tough 23-20 loss to Fairmont State on the final play of the game.

EAST STROUDSBURG 2-0 AFTER 23-10 WIN OVER GANNON

East Stroudsburg has opened the 2008 season impressively with two consecutive wins. The Warriors have defeated #25 ranked Virginia Union 14-11 in the season opener, then posted a 23-10 victory over Gannon last Saturday.

Head coach Denny Douds is in his 35th season at East Stroudsburg at has an overall record of 211-140-3. His teams have won 9 PSAC-East titles, including being co-champs in 2002 and 2003, and 4 PSAC team titles before the team championship was eliminated back in 1987. Last year's team was 3-6 overall, but the 2006 squad was 7-4 and the Warriors were 11-3 and 2-1 in the NCAA Playoffs in 2005.

ESU LEADS SERIES 6-3 DATING BACK TO 1978

East Stroudsburg and Clarion have played some important games in their history, twice playing each other for the PSAC championship. East Stroudsburg won the first meeting in 1978 by a 49-4 margin in the PSAC title game. In 1983 the two teams played again for the PSAC Championship and Clarion won that game 27-14. That game was the first PSAC "State Game" held at a neutral site - Hershey. The games, which are always exciting, saw Clarion win 37-34 in 1986 and 25-3 in 1987. The Warriors won 37-33 in 2000, 33-27 in 2001, 31-21 in 2003, 38-24 in 2004 and 56-0 in 2005.

EAGLES AVERAGING 287.5 YARDS IN 2008

Clarion is averaging 287.5 yards of offense per game (11th in PSAC) this season. The team is getting 115 rushing yards (#12 in PSAC) and 172.5 passing yards (#7 in PSAC) per game.

Sophomore qb Gino Rometo has completed 34 of 52 passes (65.4%) for 345 yards and 1 td. He has also run for 2 td's.

EMMANUEL & SIPES LEAD CLARION GROUND GAME

Senior tailback Eddie Emmanuel, a first team PSAC-West choice in 2006 and second team in 2007, returns to lead the backfield. Emmanuel rushed 113 yards against Kutztown last Saturday, his 8th 100 + yard performance of his career. In 2008 he has gained 133 yards on 35 attempts with 2 td's. He gained 722 yards and 7 td's in 2007, while in 2006 he gained 967 yards on 204 carries (4.7 p/c) with 3 td's. He has 1,822 career rushing yards and 12 td's. Emmanuel ranks 7th at Clarion in career rushing.

Nick Sipes meanwhile rushed 9 times for 66 yards and 1 td, including a 34-yard td run against Fairmont State. Sipes had 71 tackles at strong safety last year, but moved to running back in 2008. He rushed for 5,963 career yards and 83 td's at nearby Curwensville.

HOGGARD, FORADORA & ROBINSON PACE TALENTED RECEIVERS

Ready to catch passes are receivers Alfonso Hoggard, Jaques Robinson, Tyler Huether, Craig Bunney, Joe McIntyre and tight end Matt Foradora.

Hoggard, an HM All-American last year and PSAC-West "Rookie of the Year", has already grabbed 7 passes for 120 yards this season, and returned 7 punts for 82 yards. In 2007 he latched onto 48 passes for 505 yards and 3 td's.

Robinson lead all receivers with 13 catches for 138 yards and 1 td. Last year he caught 23 passes for 231 yards. Tyler Huether, moved from qb to wr, and has caught 4 passes for 45 yards, while tight end Matt Foradora has grabbed 7 aerials for 120 yards this season. Foradora sat out last year but caught 24 passes for 295 yards and 4 td's in 2006. He was an All-Region selection in 2006.

CLARION DEFENSE IMPROVED WITH 9 STARTERS RETURNING

Nine starters and 17 lettermen return for the Clarion defense in 2008 after playing mostly freshmen a year. The Golden Eagles are permitting 316.5 yards of offense (#7 in PSAC), including 152 rushing yards (#6 in PSAC) and 164.5 passing yards (#9 in PSAC).

ALL-AMERICA SIMMONS LEADS D-LINE

It is no surprise that Clarion's 2006 All-America tackle has roared back into the starting lineup in his first two games after missing last year with an injury. He was the NCAA D-II National Defensive "Player ofthe Week" vs Fairmont with 14 tackles, 5 tfl's and a pass deflection. Last week he had 9 stops and 4 tfl's. In 2008 he leads the defense with 23 hits (#2 in PSAC) and has 9 tfl's (#1 in PSAC). In 2006 he was second in the nation (NCAA-II) with 27 tfl's for -100 yards, with 1 fumble caused an q break-up. In his career he has 116 tackles and 44 tfl's.

Seniors Bob Kail (6 hits, 2 tfl's), Kevin Brady and Barrington Morrison will join Simmons on the front wall.

The defensive end posts have very promising freshmen Sean Motley (1 tfl), and John Hackel (2 tfl's), plus sophomore Ben Maund (13 hits, 4 tfl's) ready to play.

McMULLIN & FOX LEAD RETURNING LINEBACKERS

Quality linebackers abound on the Clarion defense in 2008. Sophomores back in the fold include Garrett McMullin (8 stops, 1 tfl's), Joe Fox (7 tackles, 2 tfl's), Chris Smeltzer (10 hits, 1 tfl), Arminas Maciulis (13 jolts), Mike Verdun (10 stops, 4 tfl's) and Reggie Robinson (5 tackles, 2 tfl's). SOPIC, EVANS &

WILLIAMS PROVIDE VETERAN SECONDARY

The secondary will be anchored by sophomore returning starters Shawn Sopic (9 hits) at free safety, Alex Evans (9 stops) at strong safety and senior Dane Williams (4 tackles) at corner. Expecting to also play at corner are sophomore Patrick Pettis (3 stops), freshman Jonathan Baldwin (5 hits) and sophomore Doug Spencer.

EAST STROUDSBURG OFFENSE GETTING 238 YARDS PER GAME

The ESU offense is averaging 238 yards per game (#13 in PSAC). The Warriors are getting 91.5 rushing yards (#13 in PSAC) and 146.5 passing yards (#11 in PSAC) per game.

The offense is directed by quarterback Tim Roken. He has completed 23 of 48 passes for 293 yards and 3 td's with only 1 interception.

The running game is headed by Joe Partridge who has carried 31 tims for 122 yards and 1 td. Russell Johnson also has 62 yards on 17 tries.

The receiving corps is talented with Drew Stem (6 catches, 46 yards, 1 td), Jeff Giglio (5 grabs, 88 yards, 2 td's), Doug Ogden (5 receptions, 75 yards) and Ed Kiser (3 catches, 40 yards) all ready to catch passes.

ESU DEFENSE #4 IN ENTIRE PSAC

The Warriors have always had a tough defense and 2008 is no exception. ESU is giving up only 263.5 yards of total offense per game which ranks them 4th in the PSAC. Opponents are only getting 133.5 rushing yards (#4 in PSAC) and 130 passing yards (#5 inPSAC) per game.

Up front the Warriors have Matt Faas (7 hits, 1.5 tfl's) and Cody Berry (6 hits, 1.5 tfl's) at the ends, with Miguel Rivera and Jeff Shrive (1.5 tfl's) at the tackles.

The top tackler in the PSAC is ESU linebacker Matt Freed who has 28 stops and 3.5 tfl's. The third leading hitter in the PSAC is linebacker Fred Rice (22 jolts). Steve Van Alstine (10 hits, 2.5 tfl's) is also very active.

The secondary features David Castillo (13 stops, 1 int) and Lionel Mitchell (10 stops, 1.5 tfl's) at the corners and Nicholas Artinger (8 tackles) at safety.

CLARION NOTES: Clarion will honor the 1983 PSAC Championship team at halftime of this saturday's game... In the 1983 PSAC title game at Hershey, Clarion rallied in the fourth quarter for its 27-14 win ... Clarion led 10-0 on a 1-yard run from Elton Brown and a 23-yard field goal from Eric Fairbanks... ESU took a 14-10 lead in the third on a 44-yard punt return from Chris Gerhard... With two qb's (Pat Carbol & Kevin Hanlon knocked out during the game) Dave Lammers came on and tossed an 85-yard td pass to All-American Terry McFetridge with 11:02 left in the game, and a 50-yard td pass to Bob Green with 5:18 left to seal the win... Eric Fairbanks added a 24-yard field goal to round out the scoring... Clarion had 344 yards in that game including 157 rushing and 187 passing ... All-American Elton Brown had 140 yards and 1 td on 30 carries ... Lammers was 3 of 7 passing for 142 yards and 2 td's... McFetridge caught 3 for 103 yards and 1 td and Green had 2 grabs for 56 yards and 1 td... ESU had -16 yards rushing and 100 yards passing for a total offense of 84 yards ... QB Andy Baranek (2 of 2, 11 yards) was hurt in the first quarter and did not return ... Charlie Diskin was 11 of 24 passing for 89 yards ... Clarion's "D" had a PSAC Championship record 13 qb sacks in that game for a -95 yards ... John Hughes and Jon Haslett had 4 sacks each, Kevin Ewing had 2 sacks... IN 2004 Clarion lost at ESU 38-24, but the game was really in doubt until the final minutes... Clarion jumped out to a 17-6 lead in the second quarter... Dando's 1-yard run, Kyle Snoke's 43-yard field goal and Marcus Lowe's 71-yard run had the Eagles in front... ESU narrowed it to 17-14 at halftime on a Carfagno 1-yard run... ESU tied the game, then took a 24-17 lead on a 23-yard pass from Terwilliger to Culver... Clarion tied the game early in the fourth 24-24 on a Dando 1-yard run... Lucas scored the go-ahead td with 7:04 left on a 27-yard jaunt... He iced the game with 1:48 left on a 39-yard run... Clarion had 330 yards of offense.... Marcus Lowe 119 rushing yards, 1 td ... Dando 18 of 30 for 160 yards ... ESU 507 yards ... Lucas 156 rushing yards and 2 td's ... Terwilliger 15 of 28 for 219 yards and 2 td's ... Clarion opened the 2003 season against ESU at Memorial Stadium in the first night game ... ESU defeated Clarion 31-21... Clarion rushed for 241 yards including 84 from Frantz Charles and 48 from Felton Woulard, both qb's ... Carfagno rushed for 99 yards, while Terwilliger, in his first college game, hit 11 of 28 passes for 188 yards and 3 td's... In 2001 at Stroudsburg High School, ESU scored with 1:53 remaining on a 16-yard A. Castiglioni run to win 33-27.

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