Fighting Scots finally victorious

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Edinboro quarterback Cody Harris (pictured above in a recent game) threw 4 touchdowns during the Fighting Scots’ 56-28 victory over Clarion Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.
Fighting Scots first win of season

By Tyler Trumbauer
Sports Editor /Spectator

CLARION Week after week this season, the Edinboro Fighting Scots football team suffered loss after loss. Despite the lack of success, not a single member of the team pointed blame at another.

After Saturday’s game, every single Scot could point to the scoreboard and finally see it in their favor.

Edinboro (1-5, 1-4 PSAC) defeated PSAC west foe Clarion, 56-28, Saturday night at Memorial Stadium to earn the first victory for the Scots this season and avoid tying the worst start in school history.

“We have quality kids in our program,” head coach Scott Browning said. “I never once saw someone point the finger at someone else. Not once did I hear someone blame someone else for something. We hold everyone accountable and we have grown as a team.”

The growth of the squad showed in the form of points and big plays Saturday night against Clarion (2-4, 2-3).

Out of the gate it looked similar to other games this season as Golden Eagles quarterback Connor Simmons found tight end Zack Deitrick over the middle for a 62-yard catch and run on the first play from scrimmage. Three plays later Delrece Williams punched it in from one-yard out to give Clarion a 6-0 lead as Boro’s Jim Wilson blocked the extra point attempt.

After that score, Edinboro’s offense and defense clicked at the same time, in the same game, for the first time all season.

The Scots compiled a 14play, 69-yard drive on their ensuing possession that ate up over seven minutes of game clock and resulted in a two-yard, toe-tapping touchdown reception in the end zone by sophomore Darren Massey from Cody Harris.

The hold on the extra point attempt was botched, but holder Tyler Davis ran into the end zone for the two-point conversion, giving Edinboro an 8-6 advantage with 5:36 left in the first quarter.

The special teams unit also contributed in this one too as Joel Fulton forced Clarion’s Delrece Williams to fumble the kickoff as Edinboro’s Anthony Principale was there to scoop it up at Clarion’s nine-yard line.

Four plays later, Harris (23-29, 200 yds., 4 TDs) rolled left and found Massey again for a three-yard touchdown reception. Paul Ortiz’s extra point attempt was blocked, giving Edinboro a 14-6 lead after the first quarter.

“[Massey] is very, very important to the offense,” Browning admitted with fireworks shooting off in the background for Family Day at Memorial Stadium, but were fitting for the Scots after their first win. “That is how I think our offense should be. We still have a few things to correct on the offense. We didn’t play as well as we should have, but we will get those corrected and that is more fun to do after a win than after a loss.”

Early in the second quarter, Simmons found Dietrick again, but this time it resulted in points as the sophomore made the 21-yard catch and run to equalize the score at 14.

Another solid drive by Boro resulted in a four-yard rushing touchdown by Anfreenee Williams (21 car., 65 yds., 2 TDs), the first touchdown not involving Harris on the season, which gave the Scots a 21-14 lead at the half.

Clarion’s first drive of the second half was short lived as a Simmons’ pass was intercepted by Austin Mietz, registering the first interception on the season for Edinboro.

“It’s important,” Browning, who moved into second place for wins in Boro football history with the victory, said of getting the first touchdown by a running back and pick. “Now we have some positive things to build on. We still have a lot of things to get better at, but at least now we can take a positive light on things moving forward.”

The third and final hookup between Harris and Massey (9 rec., 51 yds., 3 TDs) increased the Scots’ lead to 28-14 with 6:48 left in the third quarter.

Harris spread the ball around in the fourth as the sixth-year senior found freshman Kolbe Hughes streaking down the sideline on a 40yard touchdown reception to make it 35-14.

A pair of defensive plays solidified the win for the Scots as Kyle Matula recovered a fumble and returned it 42 yards to set up another Anfreenee Williams touchdown and Veuntrae Robinson returned an interception 75 yards for another score.

“It feels awesome,” Massey related about the victory. “Everyone is excited right now. Now we all need to try and stride off of it and win next week.”

Edinboro returns home to Sox Harrison Stadium to face Gannon on Thursday night. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. kickoff.  

Tyler Trumbauer is the sports editor for The Spectator. He can be reached by sports.spectator@gmail.com