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Wolves clinch playoff spot

Chris Calvano puts a stop to Pontiac. Photo by Larry Wright (click for larger version)
October 03, 2012 - Junior running back Quinn Montgomery held onto the football as Pontiac's defensive line ran towards him.

He kept going until he finished his 9-yard run in the endzone for a touchdown with 3:12 left in the Wolves' Homecoming game last Friday.

"It felt great," he said, scoring for the Wolves. "I never scored a touchdown in my life. I was hoping for the chance and it came."

Montgomery added one more point with his PAT kick to bring Clarkston up to 61-19 before the game ended.

"It was the funnest game we have played all year," said Montgomery. "Everyone got to play. Homecoming night made it better. Everyone was here. It is great to see everyone have fun."

Kurt Richardson, head coach for the Clarkston Varsity Football team, agreed it was great to see everyone have fun.

"Kids got lots of time to play," he said. "It was fun for them and that's what its all about. It's nice because it's homecoming."

Ian Eriksen opened the scoring with two touchdowns in the first quarter - both off 2-yard runs. Ben Kaminski closed the quarter scoring on a 8-yard run with 16 seconds to go.

In the second quarter, Nathan Yeloushan got the scoring started with a 5-yard touchdown pass from quarterback D.J. Zezula. Eriksen and Brad Barker scored two touchdowns before Pontiac got on the scoreboard with 13 points.

With 1:39 left in the first half, Jared Yaroch scored on a 49-yard touchdown pass from Zezula, putting the Wolves 47-13.

Chris Calvano opened the last half of the game with a 17-yard run down the middle.

Eriksen was the leading rusher with 114 yards on 13 carries, with three touchdowns.

Kaminsky ran 58 yards on seven carries and Calvano ran 57 yards on four carries.

Zezula was 4-for-5 on passing for 104 yards with two touchdown passes. Shane Hynes was 6-for-8 on PATs.

Leading tacklers were Cyree Merritt, Tim Cason and Christian Williams. They had a combination of 12 tackles and one sack in the game.

For defense, Dicea had one interceptions and both Yeloushan and David Beedle recovered fumbles.

Richardson pointed out they had a lot of injuries and a lot of players stepped up for the game.

"Joe Popp and Ryan Smith played well," he said. "Smith is a kid who hasn't gotten a lot of playing time. He fought and did everything we asked him to do. It was nice for him."

The win over Pontiac put the Wolves at 6-0, clinching a spot in the playoffs, beginning Oct. 26.

"It's exciting," said Montgomery. "We are going to go far this year."

The Wolves (6-0, 5-0 OAA Red) host Troy (4-2, 3-2) this Friday at 7 p.m. for their last home game of the regular season.

The team isn't taking the game lightly.

"They always do a great job against us," said Richardson. "They are very well-coached."

"I am excited," said Montgomery. "It should be a good game."

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.
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