Clarkston wins regional football crown over WL Central Vikings
The Clarkston Wolves won the regional football title, 40-22, on Friday to end Walled Lake Central’s outstanding 2014 season. The Vikings played hard but were unable to overcome the Wolves’ highly experienced squad who looked to defend their 2013 Division 1 state championship.
Central Coach Bob Meyer was happy with the effort against an amazing team. “We jumped out 7-0 and they didn’t panic to show why they are a championship football team and you have to take your hats off to them,” he said.
Ethan Rodriguez stunned the Wolves by going 42 yards around left end on the second play of the game to give the Vikings a 7-0 lead at the 10:36 mark. Clarkston showed why they have a 25 game winning streak by answering with three consecutive touchdowns to go up 21-7 to go with a stingy defense.
Clarkston’s scoring began when quarterback D. J. Zezula led the Wolves on a quick 55 yard drive in six plays as he tossed a touchdown pass to Austin Egler to knot the score at 7-7. Zezula scored from 13 yards out to give Clarkston a 14-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Senior quarterback Nick Krumm engineered a 73 yard drive in seven plays late in the second quarter. He busted up the middle to score from 7 yards out with 46 seconds left in the half to cut the margin to 21-14.
Clarkston took control on the opening drive of the third quarter by marching 60 yards as Zezula scored from the one yard line to give the Wolves a 27-14 lead. Zezula scored again early in the fourth by blasting off tackle from the five to put the game out of reach.
The Vikings (9-3) capped off their outstanding season in the fourth quarter by marching 67 yards in 16 plays as Krumm blasted in from the one on a fourth and goal. He found George Pastor in the corner of the end zone on the two point play for the 40-22 final.
A proud Coach Meyer had nothing but praise for the effort of his team led by 29 seniors that tied for the KLAA North Division championship and won the district championship last week. “This is a great group of seniors who had some struggles. We told them we had to stick to the plan and stay faithful and they did and were rewarded this year,” he said. “I am so pleased and very happy with my boys’ efforts. After three years of struggles they paid their dues and were rewarded this year.”
Senior quarterback Nick Krumm, who led the Vikings to a tie of the KLAA North Division championship and the MHSAA district championship this year, wrapped up an remarkable career for the Vikings rushing for 125 yard on 23 carries and scoring two touchdowns. The quarterback/defensive back/punter started 42 straight games beginning his freshman year.
Coach Meyer was sad to see Krumm play his final game in a Walled Lake Central uniform. He summed up his career after the game by saying, “We put the game on his back as crunch time was always Krumm time.”