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Ode to gridiron heroes

Clarkston Varsity Football poses with their Regional Championship trophy. Photo by Wendi Reardon. (click for larger version)
November 25, 2009 - Clarkston Boys Varsity Football team composed themselves after Saturday's game and showed their good sportsmanship as they shook hands with Sterling Heights Stevenson.

The 37-35 loss capped off the end of the fantastic season and the end of the road to the State Championships.

"The seniors really set the pace," said Wolves Head Coach Kurt Richardson. "It started last year in the weight room and there was outstanding leadership."

They invaded the weight room after last year's bitter end against Romeo, 34-7, and got to work for a better season.

They came back to the field at the end of August and showed the fans everything they had worked on during the off-season, beating Rochester Adams, 6-3.

The momentum grew and they beat every opponent and continued getting better every practice and every game.

They remain undefeated in the OAA Red and were crowned the league champs.

"OAA Red is one of the best leagues," said Richardson. "Anytime you win the Red Division with teams like Lake Orion and Troy that is a great accomplishment. Then winning districts and beating Lake Orion back-to-back, to go the Macomb County route and beat Romeo and Macomb Dakota - we proved this program can play anyone in the state."

They captured the District 1 Championship from their Romeo foes, and Region 3 title from Macomb Dakota before ending the season 12-1.

"I couldn't be prouder of these kids," Richardson added. "These kids were so fun to coach."

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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