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October 2, 2013

Waukomis’ Crites a special teams weapon



Pond Creek-Hunter

at Waukomis

Kickoff: 7:30 tonight

Records: Pond Creek-Hunter (4-0, 3-0), Waukomis (1-3, 0-3)

Series: PC-Hunter leads 15-5

Last: PC-H won 52-6, 2012

Radio: None

Prince and Williams had pass interceptions. For the first time in Claborn’s 14-game reign at Waukomis, the Chiefs were on the positive side of turnovers.

Senior defensive lineman Austin Thorlton was recognized with a special award for his effort against Seiling. Thorlton, at 170 pounds, has been giving up 40 to 50 pounds on a weekly basis.

“He’s got a few bumps and bruises, but it hasn’t affected his effort,’’ Claborn said.

Meanwhile, Pond Creek-Hunter (4-0 overall and 3-0 district) doesn’t appear to have a weakness.

Quarterback Josh Irvin has thrown for 458 yards and six TDs. Zach Rayner (7 catches for 253 yards, 4 TDs) heads a deep group of receivers. Trent Grimes (346 yards rushing, 11.16 yard per carry average) and Harley Comeau (235 yards rushing, 6.71 yard per carry average form a 1-2 running punch

The Panther defense has allowed only one touchdown and has forced 11 turnovers — five fumbles and six interceptions. The only blemish is four lost fumbles against Medford last week.

“They’re really good,’’ said Claborn of last year’s defending state runnersup. “A lot of people think they’re better than last year, but that’s for coach (David) Kerr to determine.’’

Claborn is taking a positive attitude as the heaviest of underdogs.

“We need to find a few areas where we can have success and show that we can play with the big boys,’’ Claborn said. “If we can do that, it’s a sign we’re headed in the right direction.’’

The game was moved to Thursday when the original officials backed out.

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