Clarkston builds early lead, holds on to defeat Troy, 21-7, in OAA high school football action
Jake Thielen | MLive.com, September 18, 2010
Clarkston High School scored two touchdowns in the first quarter and never looked back to defeat Troy High School, 21-7, in an Oakland Activities Association football game Friday night.
Clarkston quarterback Nick Demattia, making his second career varsity start, threw for one touchdown and ran for another in the victory.
Demattia finished 7-of-11 passing for 101 yards, with one touchdown and no interceptions.
Clarkston running back Joey Goss ran for 132 yards on 29 carries, including a 17-yard touchdown run in the first quarter that gave Clarkston a 14-0 lead.
With the win, Clarkston improved to 3-1 on the season, and 3-0 in OAA play. Troy dropped to 2-2 on the season, and 1-2 in the conference.
Clarkston built its lead on two early rushing touchdowns. Demattia scored on a 1-yard run with 5:31 left in the first quarter, and Goss added his 17-yard touchdown run with 1:09 left in the quarter.
Clarkston head coach Kurt Richardson said he stressed the importance of scoring first to his team.
“It was important because we told them Troy’s going to play us tough, and we needed to get a jump start,” Richardson said.
Clarkston used its running game to control the clock and keep Troy’s defense on the field for most of the game. Clarkston had 16 first downs in the game compared to six for Troy.
Goss gave the credit for the team’s rushing success to the offensive line.
“It’s all about our O-line,” Goss said. “The O-line opened some holes and let me make some plays out there.”
Clarkston’s passing game proved to be a strong complement to the running game. Demattia’s 13-yard touchdown pass to Chris Canada in the third quarter gave Clarkston a 21-0 lead.
Richardson was impressed with Demattia’s performance in his second career start.
“He’s getting there; he’s making strides,” Richardson said. “We’ve got to get better every week, everybody has to make strides, and he’s got some things he has to work on. But he’s getting there.”
Troy struggled offensively until the fourth quarter, when the offense put together a 95-yard scoring drive that culminated with a 5-yard touchdown pass from Justin Losey to Ben Olson.
The score brought the Colts to within 14 points. But their onside kick attempt after the touchdown was recovered by Clarkston, which ran out the clock.
Troy coach Gary Griffith said he hoped the late touchdown drive would give his team confidence heading into next week.
“We’ve got to get back to playing with confidence,” Griffith said. “We had one real nice drive that came at the end of the game, which I’m hoping is going to lift the kids’ spirits a little bit.”
Griffith said he was encouraged by his team’s performance despite the loss, and that he saw some things to build on for next week.
“We’re trying to put the thing together yet, and it’s not where it needs to be,” Griffith said. “We played surprisingly well the first week, and we haven’t quite played at the same level since, so it’s back to the practice field. We just have to work harder.”
Troy High will host West Bloomfield in its homecoming game next week, while Clarkston will be on the road against Pontiac.