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Union’s six-pack of turnovers help Clarion Area roll

Written by: on Thursday, October 2nd, 2008


CLARION, Pa. – It was hard for Clarionites to recall the last time their Bobcats hosted a Thursday night football game.

It was equally tough for the visiting Union Golden Knights to keep the Bobcats out of the end zone.

Clarion (4-2 overall, 4-2 KSAC) rolled to 20 first quarter points, and never looked back, throttling the Golden Knights (0-6, 0-6) 47-7 from Clarion University’s Memorial Stadium.

After intercepting Union quarterback Curtis Shirey, John Kemmer got all five carries on the drive, scoring on a five-yard run to make it 7-0.

Kemmer made it 14-0 on Clarion’s next possession, scoring from four yards, capping a seven play drive.

It only got worse for the Knights.  Kevin Grejda picked up a Shirey fumble, returning it to the Union 6 yard line.  On the next play, Brandon Heeter found Gredja on a six yard swing pass for a 20-0 Bobcat lead.

Heeter found Grejda on a 10-yard scoring pass with 7:22 left in the first half to make it 27-0 Clarion, and Kemmer pushed the lead to 35-0 with a 10-yard run less than two minutes later.

Union got the ball back, but after a Colby Davis run for a loss, Shirey was picked off by Grejda, who returned the pick 25 yards for a 41-0 Bobcat lead.  Shirey, who completed just six passes in the game, was picked off four times.

And when Clarion began its initial possession of the second half, it took them just 19 seconds to score.  Joel Matticks took his only carry of the game 66 yards untouched for 47-0 Clarion Area lead.

Union, held to just 30 total yards and two first downs in the first half, found life in the second half when Trent Switzer took a zone-read handoff 37 yards to cut the Bobcat lead to 47-7.  Switzer finished with 49 yards on just three carries.

Union also got a 10:57 drive in the fourth quarter, more courtesy of the mercy-rule clock, driving 78 yards to the Clarion Area 2 yard line, but came away empty-handed, when Shirey’s shovel pass to Davis was stuffed.

Davis finished with 60 yards on 14 carries for Union; Shirey ran for 38 yards and threw for 17 more.  The Knights finished with 154 yards of offense and nine first downs.

Kemmer’s 42 rushing yards and three scores on 11 carries helped key a 200-yards-of-offense effort for the Bobcats.  Grejda and Erik Hartle each added two carries for 26 yards.  Grejda also caught two passes for 16 yards and two touchdowns.

Clarion finished with 184 yards rushing.

Union, which outscored Clarion 7-6 in the second half, committed six first-half turnovers.

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