ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — After twice coming out of the visitors locker room at Nelsonville-York’s Boston Field, Meigs senior Dalton Clark has decided to give the home locker room a try.
Clark signed his letter of intent on Friday in Meigs High School’s Larry R. Morrison Gymnasium, committing to play football for the Hocking College Hawks — who also call Boston Field home — next season.
“This means a lot to me, because all I ever wanted to do is to play college football,” Clark said. “Hocking College is close to home and they just started the program, so I think I’ll get some good playing time. I’m going to work butt off, try to start and become a good football player. Meigs has helped me a lot, especially Coach (Mike) Bartrum and Coach (Cassady) Willford.”
Clark, who is a two-time Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division first team selection on the gridiron, earned an honorable mention spot on the AP Division IV All-Southeast District team after helping the Marauders to a 6-4 mark this past fall.
“Dalton came in as a ninth grader and has really matured every year,” MHS head coach Mike Bartrum said. “He played a little bit as a freshman as defensive tackle, played mainly on defense the next two years, and then had to play both offense and defense this past year. He’s been a great role model for the other kids and I’m just so proud of him. Coach Willford has mentored him a lot.”
Clark will try to play defensive tackle for the Hawks, but is open to moving to the offensive side of the ball. Dalton is currently undecided on what major he will pursue, but he is considering fire fighting.
Hocking College is a National Junior College Athletic Association school that went 0-7 with four forfeit losses in its first year.
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