November 28, 2012 - The end of the fall season came too early for senior defensive back and running back Alex Dicea and his teammates.
Alex Dicea gains a few yards for Clarkston. Photo by Larry Wright (click for larger version)
"It didn't end up how I wanted it to," he said about his last season with the Clarkston Wolves Varsity Football team. "I had a lot of fun and got a lot of time so it was good. It was a great season."
Dicea began playing football 10 years ago when his friends were playing and talking about it.
"I decided I would try it," he said. "I like it."
He added he enjoyed everything about it pointing out the competitiveness and making friends while playing the sport.
"Alex is one of the most coachable kids I have ever coached," said Kurt Richardson, head coach for the Wolves. "He is a no nonsense kid. He just wants to learn. He is just focused and works to get the job done. He is the ultimate team player. He is a phenomenal kid."
During his senior year, the coaches had him play more on the defensive line so he would get less hits because he had two concussions during the prior season.
"There was a question either he would be able to play this year," said Richardson. "He came back. He wasn't shy and handled it well. He had a special pad on his helmet he wore during practice and we didn't let him do some of the drills. We tried to protect him."
He also stepped onto the field for the offensive line and scored touchdowns against Rockford, Davison and West Bloomfield.
"He would have been a great running back if we had not had Ian Eriksen," said Richardson. "I don't think people realize that. He caught key passes for us. He could play college football if he wants.
Dicea said he is looking at a few colleges to play college football and added nothing is planned for sure. He has determined his plans to study business when he goes to college.
Dicea enjoys all sports but football ranks the highest as his favorite. Clarkston football through the years had taught him hard work, discipline and responsibililty.
Outside of football he enjoys fishing and can't wait for the snow to accumulate for his snowboard.
His advice to aspiring gridiron heroes is to keep working hard and never give up.
"In the end all the hard work will be worth it," he added. "It will pay off."
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.