BY WENDI REARDON PRICE
Clarkston News Sports Writer
The Wolves bounced back from their first loss of the season in a big way as they took down Oxford last Friday, 48-0.
The first hit to the Wildcats’ in their home opener came from senior running back Josh Cantu on a 1-yard touchdown run after senior quarterback Nate Uballe’s handoff. The 60-yard drive was finished as the scoreboard hit 8:47 in the first quarter.
The Wolves struck again when senior linebacker Zach Scott intercepted Oxford’s first pass and play for the night. Using the opportunity he scored his first varsity career touchdown for Clarkston, putting the game at 14-0 less than four minutes into the game.
“It was exciting,” he said. “I saw it and jumped it. We knew after last week’s loss (to West Bloomfield on Sept. 15) it was tough. We had to bounce back easily.”
“We talked about it all week – how you handle adversity is really what makes a team, a person,” said Kurt Richardson, long-time head coach for Clarkston Varsity Football.
He added getting a 14-0 lead in the first four minutes of the game helped the Wolves
“It took a lot of wind out of their sails,” he said. “It took them out of their game plan. It is a powerful blow.”
Another blow came when the ball went loose during the Wildcats’ possession. Senior Wolf linebacker Stewart Newblatt recovered the fumble with 8:16 on the clock.
Less than a minute later, senior Tieler Houston caught 7-yard touchdown pass from Uballe, putting the boys at 20-0.
During the second quarter, the Wolves scored on a 4-yard touchdown pass from Uballe to senior Conner Heaton and 13-yard touchdown run from senior Michael Fluegel, ending the half 34-0.
Fluegel scored again in the third quarter on a 73-yard run with 4:58 remaining.
Junior Anthony Welch added the last score on the board in the fourth quarter on a 5-yard run after receiving the hand off from junior quarterback Jakob Jensen.
“Everything is rolling,” Scott said. “Our defense played well. Our offense looked great, too.”
Uballe went 9-for-12 in passing for 93 yards with two touchdown passes. Houston caught four passes for 47 yards.
Fluegel was the the leading rusher for 150 yards on ten carries with two touchdowns.
Junior Tristan Mattson was 4-for-5 on PATs and senior Jermaine Roemer was 2-for-2 on extra points.
Scott led defense with five tackles, one tackle for loss. He had one interception, leading to a touchdown.
“He is definitely our leader on defense,” Richardson said. “He plays tough all night.”
Junior Joshua Luther had five tackles. Senior Nathan Ladd and junior Jayviar Suggs each had three tackles and one tackle for loss. Houston had an interception.
The Wolves (4-1, 3-1 OAA Red) head to Troy Athens (0-5, 0-4) on Friday, 4333 John R Road in Troy.
Kick off is at 7 p.m.