Clarion rolls over Union/AC Valley
Written by: Shane Lux on Saturday, October 21st, 2017
Clarion scored touchdowns on its first six possessions and rolled to a 47-0 win over Union-A-C Valley Friday night at Memorial Stadium.
Bobcats quarterback Spencer Miller shined as he accounted for 184 total yards of offense while scoring four times and adding an interception on defense.
“The last three games he’s really done some great things running the ball. He one of our faster kids running the ball, he adds a great aspect running the ball. He has good vision, and when he takes off he doesn’t dance he goes straight ahead,” said Clarion head coach Larry Wiser.
Miller methodically led the ‘Cats on three first-half possessions, all for touchdowns as Clarion took a 20-0 lead into locker room.
Spencer Miller rushed for two of those touchdowns; while Logan Minich had 93 first-half yards on 15 carries.
Keeven Weaver also scored on a 24-yard run for the Bobcats.
Clarion’s opening possession followed a Falcon-Knight punt where the Bobcats eat up 6:55 of game clock capped off with Miller’s 5-yard run as Clarion converted two fourth downs on rushes by Logan Minich and Miller from the Union-ACV 49 & 28-yard lines respectively.
“Offensively tonight there wasn’t any big plays, but we moved the ball downfield,” said Wiser. “We had long, time-consuming drives which were nice because it kept our defense off the field.”
Weaver’s 24-yard touchdown came one play following the Bobcats converting their third fourth down of the game on Miller’s 3-yard completion to Sterling Conner that helped finish off the 6-play 46-yard drive.
A 10-play 96-yard drive with 45 seconds remaining in the first half all but put the game away for Clarion. Miller’s 40-yard completion to Thomas Hearst set up his 14-yard keeper for the score.
Union-A-C Valley was able to threaten before halftime as they took over at their 37-yard line and reached the Bobcat 16 before Lucas Bowser’s pass fell incomplete ending the half.
“Coming in we knew we were facing a powerhouse team, so we wanted to come in strong,” said Union-A-C Valley head coach Dave Louder. “I couldn’t have been happier only being down 20-0 at halftime to this team. We had some opportunities in that first half we just didn’t convert.”
Clarion immediately took control in the second half scoring three touchdowns in the first 9:46 of the third quarter to take a 40-0.
“Our defense tightened up when we had to tonight; we had two interceptions that was great because it gave us a short field. That’s what happened in that second half,” said Wiser.
Miller scored his third and fourth rushing touchdowns of the game from seven and 21 yards out.
Logan Minich scored on a 5-yard offensive fumble return as Miller completed the first-and-goal pass from the 10-yard line to Weaver at the 5-yard line who fumbled an attempted hook-and-ladder to Minich who scooped and scored with the loose ball.
Logan Minich finshed the night with 92 yards on 18 carries.
Hunter Craddock scored on a 2-yard run with 41 seconds left in the game tallying the final points for Clarion.
Union-A-C Valley was limited to just two yards of total offense in the second half with no first downs.
Lucas Bowser led the Falcon-Knights going 5-for-15 for 57 yards.
“We had some things to build on tonight, we moved the ball at times and came out injury free,” said Louder.
Clarion 47 Union/ACV 0
Score by Quarters
Union/ACV – 0 0 0 0 – 0
Clarion – 7 13 20 7 – 47
C – Spencer Miller 5 yd run (Archer Mills), :2:46
C – Keeven Weaver 24 yd run (kick blocked), 10:54
C – Miller 14 yd run (Mills pat), :45
C – Miller 7 yd run (Mills pat), 7:41
C – Logan Minich 5 yd offensive fumble return (Mills pat), 5:27
C – Miller 21 yd run (kick failed), 2:54
C – Hunter Craddock 2 yd run (Mills pat), :41
First Downs 6 26
Rushes-Yards 22-41 41-308
Passing Yards 57 98
Comp-Att-Int 5-15-2 10-15-0
Total Yards 98 406
Fumbles-Lost 2-0 1-0
Penalties-Yards 7-35 4-40
Punts-Avg. 4-29.2 1-34
Rushing: Union/ACV – Jeffery Ginn 9-35 Jonathan Powell 6-5, Tony Thompson 5-11, Lucas Bowser 1-0, Team 1-(-10). Totals: 22-41. Clarion – Logan Minich 18-92, Sam Minich 2-1, Camden Boggess 3-33, Miller 7-76, Weaver 2-34, Cutter Boggess 5-42, Colton Zacherl 3-28, Hunter Craddock 1-2. Totals: 41-308.
Receiving: Union/ACV – Quinton Weaver 1-25, Isaac Yoder 1-4, Ginn 1-(-6), Powell 2-34. Clarion – Thomas Wurster 1-8, Sterling Conner 4-38, Sam Minich 1-12, Thomas Hearst 2-45, Weaver 2-(-5),
Passing: Union/ACV – Lucas Bowser 5-for-15 57 yards, Luke Bowser 0-for-1. Clarion – Miller 9-for-12 108 yards, Mills 1-for-3 (-10) yards.
Interceptions: Clarion – 2 – Conner, Miller.
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