2016 Clark Football Capsule


League: Class 4A Southwest

Head coach: Don Willis, 11th season (31-64)

2015 record: 4-5 (2-5 Division I-A Sunset League, sixth)

Returning lettermen: 13

Returning starters: Six offense, six defense

Base offensive set: One-back spread

Base defensive set: 3-3-5

Top offensive players: RB Nick Kinnard (Sr.); OL Noah Misiafa (Sr.); WR Marlon Kinnard (Sr.); OL Luis Ulloa (Jr.)

Top defensive players: LB Aquantay Morris (Jr.); DE Alejandro Encinas (Jr.); DB Bobby Coffman (Sr.); LB Nick Kinnard (Sr.)

Key losses: LB Robert A’Hearn; OL/DL Mervyn Penniston-John

Outlook: The Chargers have made the playoffs only once since 2002, and now they make the jump back to the state’s largest classification, Class 4A.

Clark has some solid experience with six starters back on each side of the ball. Nick Kinnard, who was the team’s primary quarterback last season, is set to move to running back.

He completed 39.5 percent of his passes for 670 yards and five TDs last season. Nick Kinnard also was second on the team in rushing with 133 yards and three TDs.

Marlon Kinnard was a big-play threat at receiver last season, averaging 25.3 yards per catch.

Defensively, the Chargers must replace A’Hearn, who led the team in tackles the last three seasons.

Jumping into a league with Bishop Gorman probably wasn’t on coach Willis’ bucket list, but he still thinks his squad can compete for a playoff spot.

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