By Wendi Reardon Price
Clarkston News Sports Writer
Clarkston Varsity Football was victorious in their Homecoming game against Stoney Creek last Friday with a 28-14 win.
“That’s a physical football team,” said Justin Pintar, head coach. “It’s a good team. I thought we matched their physicality. We made it a little more stressful on ourselves than we needed to – some mistakes, some things we prepped for all week for what we knew they would do. We need to eliminate the mistakes we know we shouldn’t make. We just need to clean those up. We know what we need to do, we just have to clean up some mistakes. Then we are ready to go on a post-season run hopefully.”
The Wolves scored with 7:41 left in the first quarter off a 37-yard touchdown run by senior Ethan Clark and a PAT from junior Eddie Langton.
Stoney Creek scored with two field goals with four minutes left in the first quarter and three minutes into the second quarter to put the score, 7-6.
“Defensively they moved the ball a little bit on us but we never gave up a big play,” said Pintar. “In the first half they got two pretty good drives that we were able to buckle down and just hold them to six points which was huge for us. We were able to keep them out of the end zone.”
He added they have talked about getting off the field and making plays on third downs.
“Those are the money downs and today we were able to do that,” Pintar said. “Early in the season we weren’t consistently getting off of the field when we had the opportunity to. It was the difference today especially in the first half.”
Clark scored again – this time on a 55-yard touchdown run with 7:48 left in the second quarter. Senior Michael Hein added one more touchdown on a 25-yard run with 3:40 left in the half. Langton was successful on both PAT attempts.
“We ran the ball pretty well especially the first half,” Pintar said. “Clark had some nice runs and Mike had a nice run there, too.”
Both teams were scoreless in the third quarter. Stoney Creek added eight points to their score with 6:21 left in the game off a 4-yard touchdown pass and a 2-point conversion.
With less than two minutes to go, Hein scored on a 1-yard touchdown run. A PAT from Langton finished the night 28-14.
“After they scored to go down and answer right with a touchdown was a great response by our offense,” Pintar said.
The Wolves (4-2, 3-1 OAA Red) heads to Lake Orion this Friday.
“Not only is that a huge rivalry game for us but the OAA Red is on the line. We can share the title at least,” Pintar said, adding right now it is a three way tie for first place between Clarkston, Rochester Adams and West Bloomfield. “It’s going to be a huge one. There are no easy OAA Red games.
“They have some athletes, some players on both sides of the ball. They are pretty good up front. Their defensive line is pretty talented. We are expecting a battle with those guys. It’s going to be a huge game for both teams. It’s Clarkston – Lake Orion, you know you need to bring it because it’s going to be a fist fight.
Kick off is at 7 p.m.