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Athlete of The Week
Eriksen runs to victory

by Wendi Reardon

September 12, 2012

Ian Eriksen runs past players during the Wolves' home opener, Aug. 24. Photo by Wendi Reardon
Fans are familiar with junior running back Ian Eriksen since he opened the Wolves' football season with a 99-yard kickoff return.

It led to Clarkston's first touchdown against Rochester Adams only 13 seconds into the game, Aug. 24.

"It was awesome," said Kurt Richards, head coach for the Clarkston Varsity Football team. "I don't think people had sat down yet."

He would go on to score five more touchdowns as the boys won 42-28.

"In my head I was thinking run," Eriksen said after the first game."I just kept running hard. The guys did a great job blocking."

He rushed the ball for 242 yards on 27 carries.

Eriksen carried the momentum into the next game, Aug. 31, against West Bloomfield as the boys added a second win for the season.

This time he added three touchdowns during the 47-7 victory. He carried the ball 22 times for 183 yards.

"He is a great example of why kids should run track," said Richardson. "He got faster because he ran track. He worked hard and got that extra step. He didn't get caught from behind. It is a great example of why kids should play every sport they can."

Eriksen scored three touchdowns in the Wolves' most recent victory against Rochester last Friday. He scored three touchdowns and had 32 carries for 151 yards.

Eriksen joined the varsity team at the end of last season, moving up from JV. Rochester Adams was his first full game for the varsity team.

He said he took his cue from his experienced offensive line.

The Wolves head to Troy Athens this Friday for their next game, 4333 John R Road in Troy.

They are back with home advantage on Sept. 28 when they host Pontiac for their Homecoming game.