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Claggett moves to 2-0

Claggett Creek shut out Waldo 30-0 on Wednesday, Sept. 20 in its home opener to begin the season 2-0.

Quarterback Nathan Allen and receiver Evan Cornell connected for two touchdowns in the rout.

Aron Montoya and Rudy Garcia both had rushing touchdowns.

The Panthers defense has yet to allow a touchdown this season.

CCMS host Parrish on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 4:30 p.m. in its next game

Whiteaker loses to Judson

Whiteaker fell to 0-2 on the young season, losing 18-14 to Judson in what head coach Tom Larimer called “one of the best games I’ve ever been associated with.”

“Nobody likes to lose,” Larimer said. “But this was just a great football game. Our kids got a long and loud standing O from the Judson crowd after the game—because these kids were recognized as competitors and earned their respect. And our fans were just as positive.”

The head official, a longtime 6A head referee, commented after the game that he couldn’t remember a harder fought youth football game with better sportsmanship from the players, coaches, and fans on both sides.

After falling behind 12-0 early, Whiteaker clawed back to lead 14-12 at half.  Judson retook the lead 18-14 early in the fourth, and was driving to put the game away, but a fourth down sack by blitzing outside linebacker Carson Long gave Whiteaker the ball with 1:30 left and a chance to win.

The Wolverines drove into Judson territory and had their chance when receiver Grant Goesch ran open past the Judson secondary, but pressure on quarterback Porter Vaughn prevented him from throwing the winning deep ball.

Despite heavy pressure, Vaughn threw for 178 yards (0 interceptions) and a touchdown to Long, who led the team with eight receptions.

“Porter took a beating but hung in there and threw the ball well,” Whiteaker offfensive coordinator Marcus Larimer said. “Carson is proving to us that he can make impact plays.”

Whitaker also ran the ball well, with Axel Zapien, Bo Bielby and Felipe Hernandez combining for over 4.5 yards per carry.

Line coach Zach Drake cited the progress of the linemen, saying “I’m positive this group of guys will rise up and continue to grow as football players.”

Tom Larimer singled out Spencer Millis and Isaiah McGrath as linemen who are becoming “not just good players, but good leaders as well.”

Whiteaker’s defense was a solid team effort; leading tackler, Long, had seven stops, but six other players (McGrath, Vaughn, Millis, Wyatt Paul and Jared Garibay) each had at least four.

“Just a great football game,” Tom Larimer said.  “Judson deserved to win, but our kids gave them all they could handle.  It was moving to see the Judson players’ and fans’ reaction after the game, recognizing my kids the way they did.”