BY WENDI REARDON PRICE
Clarkston News Sports Writer
Gridiron heroes ran and slid on Davison’s muddy field in celebration Saturday night as they claimed the MHSAA Football District championship with a 28-0 win.
The Clarkston Varsity Football team was all smiles when they accepted the trophy and ran it to the visitor side stands to share with friends, classmates and family.
“We did a lot of good things tonight,” Kurt Richardson smiled. “I thought Josh Cantu was freaking awesome. I thought our offensive line was awesome. I thought our composure was awesome. Our defense flew to the ball.”
Cantu, senior running back, agreed, “it was a good team win. The offensive linemen did a phenomenal job. We couldn’t have done better tonight.”
Cantu led the team scoring all four touchdowns for the night and ran the ball 264 yards on 32 carries.
“Just going to run the ball as normal,” he said.
The Wolves opened the game starting on the 21-yard line and were quickly moved to the 26-yard line after a penalty was called on the Cardinals. Senior quarterback Nate Uballe handed the ball to Cantu who ran 40 yards putting Clarkston into Davison’s territory.
Cantu scored three plays later on a 28-yard touchdown run as the clock hit less than three minutes into the game.
He struck again in the second quarter on a 3-yard run with 9:33 remaining in the first half.
The Cardinals opened the second half aiming to score on their visitors, but they turned the ball over one minute into the third quarter as the ball came loose. Senior linebacker Stewart Newblatt recovered the ball for Clarkston, setting the boys up at the 25-yard line in Davison’s turf.
Cantu scored 90 seconds later on a 3-yard run and closed the quarter with a 2-yard run to put the score, 28-0.
Senior kicker Jermaine Roemer was 4-for-4 on PAT attempts. Senior linebacker Anthony Simmons led defense with six tackles and had one interception. Junior linebacker Brendan Barker and senior linebacker Gino Paese had five tackles each. Senior defensive back Tieler Houston had his fifth interception of the year.
The Wolves (9-2) take on Holland West Ottawa (10-1) for the MHSAA Football Regional title on Saturday.
“I know they are good,” said Richardson. “They beat Rockford (33-28).”
“I am excited,” added Cantu.
Kick off is 1 p.m. Harbor Lights Middle School, Holland, MI 49424.