BY WENDI REARDON PRICE
Clarkston News Sports Writer
The scoreboard at Lake Orion reflected a 24-14 win for the Wolves last Friday.
But the winners were the communities as players from both teams joined together for Clarkston’s Football for a Cure and Lake Orion’s Pink Out to raise money for those fighting cancer.
“Two awesome communities, two awesome groups of kids,” said Kurt Richardson, longtime head coach for the Wolves looking at the field. “I have all the respect in the world for the Lake Orion staff and this is cool, really cool.”
More highlights for the night included the Wolves winning the Clarkston/Lake Orion trophy for the eighth consecutive year and winning the OAA Red title.
“We will take that, too,” Richardson smiled.
The Wolves opened the scoring with a 36-yard touchdown run by senior Jacob Honstetter six minutes into the game.
They didn’t score again until the beginning of the third quarter off a 70-yard touchdown pass to senior Conor Donahue from senior Jake Jensen.
Jensen struck again scoring on a 62-yard run as he dodged Lake Orion’s defensive line on his way to the endzone, putting the score 21-0 with less than one minute to go in the third quarter.
“He is getting better all the time,” Richardson said. “He is getting more confident. He has to be good for us to be good.”
The Wolves closed the night with a 20-yard field goal by senior Tristan Mattson in the fourth quarter.
Jensen was 4-for-8 in passing with one touchdown and one first down. Honstetter rushed the ball 15 times for 94 yards with one touchdown and two first downs. Billette carried the ball ten times for 69 yards with two first downs. Mattson was 3-for-3 on PATs.
Sophomore Rocco Spindler led defense with eight tackles. Senior Brendan Barker had seven tackles. Senior Josh Luther had five tackles and one interception in the first quarter.
Honstetter and senior Keagan King had five tackles each. Sophomore Garrett Dellinger had four tackles.
“Defensively we are better, no doubt about it,” said Richardson.
The Wolves (7-1, 5-1 OAA Red) hosts Oak Park (7-1) in an OAA crossover game this Friday, 7 p.m.
“They are a big play team,” Richardson said. “They have a lot of big athletes. They have big play guys so we have to stop the big play.”
The boys will find out this weekend who they face off against in the first round of playoffs during the Selection Sunday Show on FOX Sports Detroit, Oct. 21, 7 p.m.