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July 21, 2013

Clarington's Catch wins it for Westminster

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On a hot Sunday afternoon, the champions of the 2013 Sling and Shoot were crowned. The Westminster Warriors took home the championship.

They won in a defensive battle against Tampa Bay Tech with a 12-7 score. However, everyone will remember the final play of the game for quite some time.

Devonaire Clarington caught a hail-mary from Hunter Boyett. This was Clarington's third game winning catch with time expiring on the day.

We talked to Westminster head coach Sedrick Irvin, who was a fourth round draft pick out of Michigan State in 1999, about his team's victory.

"It's just one of those building blocks," Irvin said about the Sling and Shoot championship. "You want to keep chopping wood. It was one of those stepping stones that we came up here to do - we just wanted to compete."

Irvin raved about Clarington postgame.

"You know he's one of those freak 6-foot-6 receivers. You just saw what he can do - what Randy Moss can do. He can run routes that Plexico Burress who I played with. So he's one of those 6-6 receivers - once he gets a burst you can either put him at receiver. If you want to add 50 pounds on him, you can put him at tight end. But he can run routes and has soft hands."

"He's going to get a chance to show everybody that he can do whatever the top receivers in the world do - he can do it too."

Westminster has other extremely talented athletes in Tony Gaiter, Jordan Cronkrite, and Tim Irvin (Michael Irvin's nephew) - but Coach Irvin gave plenty of praise to his quarterback Hunter Boyett.

"My quarterback led us - if you had tape of this and you breakdown the tape - he made all types of throws. Deep posts, comebacks - so that kid deserves a lot of credit man."

"We've got a team of athletes man. We had a kid come here - a 5-foot-8 kid (Tony Gaiter) - show his athletic ability and walked away with an offer."

Clarington, Irvin, and Conkrite received USF offers as well.

"Coming up here was a good thing," Irvin said. "You walk away with four offers from this school that's on the rise. So for me as a head coach I'm happy these guys fought today and we won."



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