Caldwell’s Clark will play football for Pioneers

CALDWELL- Tanner Clark led the Caldwell Redskins farther than they had ever gone before in the postseason this year.

This fall, the all-time leading rusher in Caldwell history will bring his talents south as he plans to attend Marietta College and play football for head coach Andy Waddle and his Pioneers.

No doubt the left-handed signal caller had plenty of suitors, but in the end it came down to Walsh University in North Canton and Marietta.

“Early on Walsh was probably my top choice but the more time I got to spend with the coaches at Marietta and the more I got to see of the school, the better and better I liked it,” said Clark of his decision. “Marietta is a great school and I am excited to be going there.”

Waddle and his coaching staff have made quite an impression on Clark.

“They are a very young staff and I am really looking forward to getting started with them,” said Clark. “They came to a lot of my other games and really showed a lot of interest in me all along.”

Clark comes to the Pioneers with quite a resume’ as he led the Redskins to 33 wins, 31 of those coming over the past three seasons.

The Redskins won their first playoff game in 2013 and their first home playoff game in school history in 2014 with Clark under center and then won a pair of playoff games last season before falling to Danville in the state semi-final.

Clark set a whole bunch of school records along the way including the most rushing yards in a game (377), most rushing yards in a season (2237), and most touchdowns in a season (28).

A third-team All-State selection last year, Clark totaled 4600 rushing yards in his Redskin career, while passing for 2700 yards and being involved in an impressive 95 touchdowns.

Clark also played defensive back at Caldwell and could well see time at a position other than quarterback with the Pioneers.

With his ability to make opponents miss tackles he could well end up at running back for Marietta College or possibly even wide receiver or defensive back.

“I’m just going to work hard and do whatever I can to get on the field in my first year and help the team win,” said Clark. “I’ll play wherever they need me the most, it’s just too early to tell where that will be right now.”

Clark’s success on the field was matched by his excellence in the classroom as he achieved a 3.7 grade point average.

Clark, the son of Mike and Liz Clark, plans to study Athletic Training at Marietta.