The 2016 football season was a tough one for Clark. The football team finished the year without a single win. After changing the coaching staff this year, as well as changing up the training regimen, improvements were made this season.
The Clark Chargers Varsity football team finished the 2017 season with a (2-6) record overall and a (1-5) record in league play, breaking their losing streak from the previous season fairly early on.
The season started off rather well, with the Chargers winning their first two home games including the homecoming game. However, the season took a bad turn when the players began to get injured – the team lost multiple players, including seniors Samaj Taylor and Christopher Hernandez. The Chargers lost their final five games of the season, including a tough overtime game on Senior Night.
The high point of the season was the Homecoming game. In front of the largest crowd of the season, the team played lights out (literally and figuratively) and dominated Desert Oasis on both sides of the ball en route to a 36 to 0 shutout. The game was highlighted by stellar play from quarterback Justin Aguilar and running back Aquantay Morris and by a forceful defense that rendered the Diamondbacks completely powerless. Shortly after though, games against Sierra Vista and Durango would leave the team without many of its starters.
The final home game of the season, Senior Night, was arguably the most competitive game the Chargers played all season. Late in the fourth quarter, the Chargers mounted a spectacular comeback, scoring 14 unanswered points to force overtime. Heartbreak soon followed as Bonanza had a walk-off victory in overtime. It was a bittersweet ending for the Chargers; in a season filled with so much potential, the team seldom seemed to be firing on all cylinders.
The Chargers did not qualify for playoffs this year, but the team is already hungry to get back on the field.
“This year’s team really competed,” says senior Samaj Taylor. “We wanted to achieve the goals that we couldn’t achieve last year. We looked forward and never looked back.”