East Lansing football beats DeWitt in CAAC Blue matchup

EAST LANSING − Jace Clarizio may only be a sophomore.

But he has wasted no time making his presence felt on the East Lansing football team.

He delivered in a season opener coming from behind the road win over Portage Central last month.

Clarizio then appeared once again on Friday in a high-stakes CAAC Blue matchup against DeWitt.

Clarizio was part of two big plays as No. 4-ranked Division 2 East Lansing earned a 36-30 win over No. 3 Division 3 DeWitt in their first game on their new artificial turf field in the Lynn C. Adams Stadium.

Clarizio had the go-ahead touchdown with his 27-yard rushing score with 6:01 left. He then had a game-sealing interception with 1:21 left for East Lansing, giving him a big boost early in the CAAC Blue career. The Trojans put themselves in position to end DeWitt’s streak of 16 consecutive seasons with league titles.

“This is a great victory,” said Clarizio. “We look forward to this game every year. This is the game we live for.

“This is a great victory.”

East Lansing's Jace Clarizio, left, Jalen McFadden, right, and Taveon Demps, back, react after Clarizio's game-clinching interception by DeWitt, Friday, Sept. 16, 2022, in East Lansing, Michigan.  East Lansing won 36-30.

In addition to his go-ahead touchdown, Clarizio finished among the tackle leaders with 12 for East Lansing, which included two for loss.

Clarizio said coming out ahead in a big game was a confidence booster.

“I’ve always had a lot of confidence,” Clarizio said. “Ever since I was little I’ve been dreaming of moments like this. I love it.”

Seeing Clarizio make plays in the big moments doesn’t surprise teammates.

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