Clarkston High football takes advantage of Rochester Adams miscues; moves on in playoffs

By: Christian Davis | Online Only | Published November 16, 2013

CLARKSTON — Clarkston High football is heading back to a Division 1 semifinal for the first time since 2009.

The Wolves beat Rochester Adams 56-28 for the regional championship Nov. 16 at home.

Clarkston started its assault early, taking advantage of two turnovers by the Highlanders within the first four minutes of the game, ultimately leading to a 20-0 lead with 6:12 left in the first quarter.

“Give them all the credit in the world, they took advantage of every mistake we made. You just can’t do that against a good football team in a regional final,” Adams coach Tony Patritto said.

The Highlanders battled back to make it 28-14 with 4:53 remaining in the first half after a couple of scores from Jordan Shive, including a 5-yard run and a 35-yard touchdown catch from Kyle Wood.

Clarkston responded with a touchdown pass of its own when D.J. Zezula found Austin Egler in the end zone with 33 seconds remaining in the half to make it 35-14.

The Wolves then put the game out of reach on the first play of the second half, again taking advantage of a  turnover, this time recovering a fumble in the end zone to make it 42-14.

“We talk about takeaways and converting them as difference-makers. That was pretty much the case today,” Clarkston coach Kurt Richards said. “We got those turnovers early, but my hats off to Adams, there is no quitting in those kids. They kept on scratching and scratching.”

Zezula finished the day with three touchdown throws, connecting with Egler and Tim Cason twice. Ian Eriksen scored three rushing touchdowns and Reid Kaminski and Cain Watlington also put the Wolves on the board with a defensive touchdown each.

Wood led Adams with a touchdown throw and rush. Clarence Broadnax and Parker Monahan also had scores on the ground.

Clarkston goes t o 11-1 overall. The lone loss was in the first week of the season to Adams 12-7. Up next, the Wolves take on Flint Carman Ainsworth. The time and date of the game is still to be determined.

Adams finishes the year 8-4 overall.