Weekly Feature

2012-10-31 / Sports

Football squad blasts Kenmore West in finale


Emaure Williams breaks away from a would-be tackler early in Saturday’s 48-0 win over Kenmore West. Williams finished the game with 205 yards rushing to end the season with 1,101 yards on the ground. Emaure Williams breaks away from a would-be tackler early in Saturday’s 48-0 win over Kenmore West. Williams finished the game with 205 yards rushing to end the season with 1,101 yards on the ground. Clarence’s football team emphatically put an exclamation point on its 2012 season Saturday, ignoring the cold, windy weather to shut out Kenmore West on its home field, 48-0.

The win gave Clarence a 5-4 record on the season, and allowed the Red Devils to win both its season opener and season finale.

“I was very happy to have the performance that we did in our last game of the season,” coach Mark Layer said. “The weather wasn’t cooperative, but it didn’t affect us at all. We wanted to go on the road and have a strong performance, and the kids did an outstanding job at doing just that.”

Emaure Williams, who had quite a few standout games this season, may have saved his best effort for last. Williams ran for 205 yards and three touchdowns on just 11 carries, returned a punt 60 yards for another score, and converted a two-point conversion run to finish the year with a school single-season record 140 points. Three of Williams’ scores, including the punt return, came in the first half; the punt return gave Clarence a 27-0 halftime advantage.

“Emaure was able to go over the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the year, and he broke that 14-year old scoring record too, so it was a great game for him,” Layer said. “His success Saturday, and all year long for that matter, was a tribute to the great effort we’ve received all year long from our offensive line.”

Vince Taverna started off the scoring for Clarence with his 10-yard run in the first quarter, while Alec Dietsch hauled in a 60-yard pass from Lex Oakes to start the team’s second-half effort. Jake Menard closed out the team’s effort with his 6-yard run in the fourth quarter.

“Overall, this was one of our best performances,” Layer said. “We said to the kids all week long that this was like our New Year’s Day Bowl Game, and that we wanted to send our seniors out feeling good. We certainly got some big games from our big players in doing just that.”

A large part of Clarence’s success was due to the Red Devils’ defensive efforts. Clarence went into the game looking to place large amounts of pressure on Kenmore West’s quarterback, and the team’s success in doing so forced the Blue Devils’ quarterback into making some hasty decisions that led to missed opportunities.

“Defensively, we did a good job,” Layer said. “They ran a very open, spread passing attack and we did a good job of taking them out of that. When you do all of the things that we did on both sides of the ball — and do them all well — it’s a good formula for success.”

Menard finished the game with 31 yards on 10 carries, and also had a 29-yard catch. Oakes (2-for-3, 94 yards) and Taverna (4-of-7, 65 yards) kept Kenmore West honest defensively, with Dietsch (four receptions, 111 yards) doing the most damage through the air.

Defensively, Dietsch led the way with nine tackles, a sack and an interception, while Anthony Principale added six tackles. Jacob Weber added five tackles and a sack, while Jessie Parker, Austin Krawczyk and Jake Parker each added interceptions as well.

Clarence, which loses 22 seniors off this year’s squad, will hopefully take what it did this season and use it as inspiration for its offseason work.

“My hope is that the kids participate in other sports during the offseason, which many of our kids do, and if they don’t play a winter or spring sport that they do our strength training and agility work programs,” Layer said. “I definitely want the kids who will be coming back next summer to be enthusiastic about getting another season going. This year’s team didn’t waste a single minute in any practice this year, and I think the kids coming back will embrace that next year as well. We were competitive game in and game out, and I was proud of them every single week.”

email: jnadolinski@beenews.com

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