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November 3, 2013

Clark gets big rivalry win

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CANTON, Ohio - It has been a season of many firsts for Massillon (Ohio) Washington quarterback Danny Clark. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound prospect has done many things this fall that have never been done by a freshman at Massillon Washington High School and after Saturday, he can add leading the Tigers to a win over bitter rival Canton McKinley to the list.

"My first thought is that I'm going to remember this game for the rest of my life," said Clark after the game. "It's the greatest moment in my life that I've had so far. I'm so excited and happy that this has happened, I can't even put it into words right now."

The big-time freshman wasn't asked to do too much on Saturday but played turnover free football and made the right plays at the right times, throwing for one touchdown and adding another on the ground in the 34-7 win.

"The key was really just focusing on what I've been doing all year," he explained. "Just focusing on my reads, it's all things that I knew how to do, I've been doing them for months now. It was just getting locked in, getting in a groove, and just go, go, go."

Adding to the list of firsts for Clark was his first varsity rushing touchdown, which came at a key point in the third quarter. Clark took the QB keeper off the left side, crashing through a defender as he lunged for the end zone.

"I was pretty jacked there," he said. "It was my first rushing touchdown in varsity football. It was about ten seconds of joy and then I looked up at the scoreboard and knew we had to go, go, go."

The win was extra special for Clark and Massillon as it put the Tigers into the playoffs, a loss would have eliminated them from contention.

"It just gave us that much more drive to want to go out there and be the best and dominate," Clark said. "Now that we know that we're in the playoffs, it's just on to the next one and we're ready to roll."

Much was made of the quarterback battle coming into the game between Clark and Ohio State commit Eric Glover-Williams. Clark said he has a lot of respect for Glover-Williams' game but had no intentions of making the game into a battle between the two.

"I know that Eric is a great player, but I just wanted to go out there and execute," Clark said. "I just wanted to get the 'W'. We've talked a few times at Ohio State and we talked after the game and I just told him to keep up the good work, he's a great kid and a great player."

Schools such as Ohio State and Michigan State, among others, have already inquired about Clark and more interest will certainly start to roll in. For now, however, Clark is keeping all of his focus on the high school football season as Massillon now becomes a legitimate player in Ohio's Division II.

"I'm concentrating one hundred percent on the playoffs," Clark stated. "In the off-season we'll see what's going on. I'll be visiting a lot of schools and going to campus and stuff."

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