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Athlete of the Week

Watlington eyes championship

Caine Watlington avoids Troy Athens defenders as he makes his run with the ball. Photo by Wendi Reardon (click for larger version)
October 02, 2013 - The cheering from the jungle was loud and catching as wide receiver Caine Watlington scored on a 86-yard touchdown pass from DJ Zezula with eight minutes left in the Wolves' home opener against Troy Athens.

It was his second touchdown for the game after he opened the game on a 14-yard pass from Zezula.

He finished the game as leading receiver on 111 yards on four catches as the team won the game, 51-0.

"My senior season has gone pretty good," he said. "I didn't expect to play wide receiver but I have been getting it in and helping my team the best way I can. It is my favorite part about this season so far."

As his season continues with the Clarkston Varsity Football team his goal is to help the team win the state championship.

"So far we are looking pretty good," Watlington said after the boys' most recent win over Stoney Creek last Friday.

His focus going into every practice is to get better and learn something new. When he hits the field on Friday nights the focus is to come out physical and have the mentality they will win the game.

He began playing football when he was eight-years-old with the Clarkston Chiefs. He added going through the Clarkston program his entire career has helped.

"I know the coaches still in the program," he added. "Coach Chewins coaches JV. He has coached me since I was 11-years-old."

Watlington plans to continue playing football in college and is still looking at universities. He will study accounting.

His advice for the young athletes looking up to the varsity players is to keep working.

"Have a goal and try to reach that goal," Watlington smiled.

Catch Athlete of the Week on the Clarkston Sports Network on www.cspn.tv. Nominate an athlete by emailing clarkstonnews@gmail.com.

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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