Clemons showing he’s back and healthy
Wil-Quon Clemons wasn’t totally aware of his record-setting, career-high night against Salisbury last week.
The junior running back rushed for a career-high 168 yards on 16 carries and scored three touchdowns in the Roughies’ 47-29 loss to the visiting Falcons.
“I knew I would get the bulk of the carries,” said Clemons. “To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect. I just tried to run as hard as I could. It was good getting all of the work.
“The next day when I looked at the stat sheet, I didn’t realize that it was that much. I couldn’t have done without the effort of the big guys up front.”
Clemons’ offensive performance kept the Roughies close, but they couldn’t close that gap in the second half. He scored on a 2-yard run in the second quarter, and then scored on a 64-yard sprint and a 14-yard spurt in the second half. He also caught two passes for 17 yards.
He likely will carry the bulk of the rushing load for the Roughies all season, and forms an effective backfield duo with Derrick Rodriguez, who gained 99 yards against Salisbury.
Clemons is anxious to make his mark after being bogged down with injuries his first two seasons. He certainly has a familiar path to follow, as brothers Sa’Quon and Ra’Von Burton both left their rushing legacies in the Catty football annals.
“I knew I had to work hard in the offseason as I would be getting more reps,” he said. “My brothers are always coaching me up and they’re there before and after games. I have taken some stuff from them.
“But we have a great skill set at Catty in the backfield, one of the best in the area. I just have to do what I can and stay as focused as I can.”
“He (Clemons) had a good summer and he worked hard,” added head coach Phil Dorn. “He certainly has the potential to have a big year for us.”
To help with staying in shape with football, Clemons began wrestling, a complement to football that he began in kindergarten. But the sport eventually developed into much more than he initially anticipated.
“It was a good sport to stay strong,” said Clemons. “I was too physical for basketball, so this was a good fit. I didn’t come out my freshman year and then came back.
“I began to enjoy the sport more and more, and I really became a better wrestler. Things really came together for me last year. I worked harder at it and became a decent wrestler. Now, I know what I can do in the winter, and I am looking forward to it.”
Until then, Clemons has his sights on football. Specifically another big outing for him and a bounce back effort for his teammates Friday night against Northern Lehigh in Slatington.
“It was surprising what happened,” said Clemons. “We didn’t seem to be as prepared at times, and we made some mental mistakes that hurt us.
“But we’ll be ready for Friday night.”
Based on his first game, Clemons will be.