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Defense puts pressure on Farmington Falcons

Ty Foltz slows down Farmington plays. Photo by Larry Wright (click for larger version)
October 20, 2010 - Senior Ty Foltz moved into action as Farmington threw their final pass on their fourth down in Clarkston's territory.

He knocked the ball from it's original direction and the clock continued to wind down.

Clarkston had dominated the home team, handing Farmington their first loss last Friday, 7-6.

"We did what we had to do to win the game," said long-time Wolves Head Football Coach Kurt Richardson about the OAA Red -White crossover game.

The key to Clarkston's seventh consecutive win was defense - especially in the form of Zach Collins, Ty Foltz, Chris Canada, Justin Baetz and Steve Carpenter.

"Carpenter had an outstanding game," added Tony Miller, defense coordinator. "He was able to help us on a full man front as opposed to a five man front."

Farmington grabbed the lead in the second quarter on receiver Jason Wilson's 77-yard punt return. The Falcons missed their PAT.

Clarkston grabbed the lead late in the third quarter when Sean Calvano recovered a fumble. The ball was handed off to Evan Montgomery in the next play and he ran for a 44-yard touchdown. Alex Barta scored the PAT.

"It was good to see," said Richardson about Montgomery's touchdown. "We hadn't moved the ball at all so a big play was nice."

Farmington The Wolves' defense line stayed tough keeping Farmington from scoring again.

"We rallied the ball very well," said Miller. "Our front four guys had an outanding game. They dominated the line of scrimmage up front."

It was exactly what the coaches had told the boys to do while they practiced all week.

"Everybody did their responsibilities," said Miller. "We harped on that all week 'do your job, only your job.'"

The seventh consecutive win continues to build the Wolves' momentum as they get ready for their final game of the regular season.

"It builds our confidence that we are a very solid defense and if we do our own jobs we are very solid," said Miller.

The team heads to Lake Orion on Friday to take on rivals - the Dragons.

"It will be a typical Clarkston/Orion game," said Richardson.

"The boys are anticipating a great football game," added Miller.

The Dragons currently tie with Clarkston for the OAA Red title, both at 6-0 in the league. They have the same record as the Wolves, 7-1, after losing to Farmington Harrison last Friday.

Kick-off is 7 p.m. at Lake Orion High School, located at 495 E. Scripps.

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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