Setting MHSAA records a family tradition for Kobe Clark

Football Frenzy

SCHOOLCRAFT, Mich. (WOOD) — Running back Kobe Clark is making a name for himself on the football field at Schoolcraft High School. 

The notoriety is something his family is used to. 

”It’s what you work for, to break records,” said Kobe. 

That work paid off last week in the Eagles 63-27 rivalry game win over Constantine.  Kobe made his way into the end zone a total of nine times — a Michigan High School Athletic Association record.

The high school junior says he was so focused on the game, he didn’t even realize what he had done.

“I just felt good. I didn’t actually know it was a record breaker at that time. So, I came back to the sideline and everyone said it was,” he recounted.

He’s not the first Clark to land in Michigan’s record books.

“I’m with my dad now,” Kobe said.

His father, Benny Clark, broke the record for the most carries in a state championship game back in 1996 while playing for Ravenna High School. 

“He used to tell us how many records he broke when we were younger. And to be up there with him, it feels pretty good,” said Kobe.

“I can kind of say something to him now that I have a record. Anything I can do to shut him up,” he jokingly added.

Kobe says the entire team contributed to his success; he says the cohesiveness of the team this year is helping him succeed. 

Eagles Football Coach Nathan Ferency says he’s happy to see Kobe carrying on the family tradition of excellence on the field and becoming his own person, after growing up in the shadow of his brothers, who also attended Schoolcraft.

“It’s always ‘You’re Ricky’s brother. Oh, you’re Benny’s brother!’ So it’s exciting to say, ‘No, you’re Kobe now,” Ferency explained. “They’re great people and a great family to be around. It’s fun to just carry on that Clark tradition here at Schoolcraft with Kobe.”

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