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Wolves clinch playoff spot



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Shane Holler catches a pass in the third quarter. Photo by John Azzopardi (click for larger version)
October 16, 2013 - The Wolves clinched their sixth win and a playoff spot last Friday with their 42-0 win over Troy.

Now the Clarkston Varsity Football team is gearing up for their crosstown rivals Lake Orion and to hold onto their lead in the OAA Red this week.

"They have good foot speed," Kurt Richardson, head coach for the Wolves, said about the Dragons. "They are very athletic. They aren't as big as they normally are but they are athletic. They are a good football team."

Defensive coordinator Tony Miller agreed their upcoming opponents are quick and Clarkston will have to contain the Dragons' speed.

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"They have a tremendous amount of team speed and we will have to contain it," he added. "We will have to stop the run because that is what they do best."

The boys will use their experience against Stoney Creek to prepare.

"Orion is comparable to Stoney Creek for speed wise," Miller said. "Our kids have seen it."

A key for Clarkston is being balanced on both ends of the ball. Richardson added another was they don't have one key player on the team.

"The fact is I don't think you can key in on one kid at all," he said. "We have a lot of kids who can carry. Our special teams are definitely a strength. Shane Hynes has been kicking the ball all season long. We also have a size advantage on them."

The Wolves used their strengths against Troy - building their lead in the first quarter off a 1-yard run by Centrus Williams, Jr. and a 33-yard touchdown pass from DJ Zezula to Tim Cason.

Caine Watlington ended the first half with a 2-yard touchdown run to put the score, 21-0.

Watlington scored again in the second half off a 5-yard run while teammates Blake Rehahn and Ian Eriksen helped out. Eriksen on a 16-yard run in the third quarter and Rehahn on a 50-yard run to end the game.

"We played pretty well," said Richardson. "We dominated offensively and defensively. We shut them out but they did move the ball on us at times which we have to do a better job on."

Kickoff against Lake Orion (6-1, 5-1 OAA Red) is at 7 p.m. on Friday, 6093 Flemings Lake Road.

"It's going to be exciting," said Miller. "It is what we coach for and it is what we play for. It will be a great environment and is suppose to be a beautiful night.

"It will be the real test for us," Richardson added. "We are going to have to match their intensity because they will come pumped up. They will have to play solid football."

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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