Gamers of the Week

Senior Ben Clark of Winfield High School

Ben Clark is Gamer of the Week

Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. & the Putnam Herald are pleased to present this week’s Male Gamer of the Week to Senior Ben Clark of Winfield High School.

By Marcus Reynolds PT, DPT, CSCS

The eleventh seed Winfield Generals won their opening state football playoff game last week by beating sixth-seeded James Monroe Mavericks 29-0 on the road. The General’s shook off offensive mistakes by dominating on the defensive side of the ball on a cold Friday night. The General’s defense never let up as it allowed only 79 total yards and only four first downs. One standout player that helped a tenacious and physical defense was senior free safety and running back Ben Clark. Clark had six solo tackles as he quickly diagnosed the play by following the Mavericks pulling offensive guard. Clark and the General’s were virtually a brick wall against the Mavericks offense as they didn’t get within eyesight of the Generals end zone. Clark also did it on the offensive by providing a spark for the Generals as he ran for a 57-yard pick up to set up a touchdown pass. On the night Clark ran for 106 yards on just eight carries. 

When asked about what motivates him Ben said, ”Making the all-state team is a goal I have always had but my biggest goal is making a run in the playoffs. We believe we can play with anyone in the AA ranks, and now we have to prove it.’’ When Clark was asked about who has inspired him as he has played football he replied, “Sean Taylor is a player I have always looked up too. He is known as one of the best if not the best free safety to ever play the game of football. I try to tailor my game after him.”

The General’s avenged last year’s playoff loss against the team that knocked them out last season. The General’s have been one of the most exciting teams to watch as their offense has put points up through the air and on the ground. Like the famous saying goes, “Offense sells tickets, but defense win games.’’ The General’s know to move on in a competitive AA state football tournament you have to be able to perform on both sides of the ball. Head Coach Craig Snyder has the troops playing well, but most importantly has them playing confident and hungry. When Coach Snyder was asked about his upcoming game versus Bridgeport he replied, ‘‘we have a tough test against a traditional power at their house. We are going to try and take away their strengths when they have the ball, and offensively we are going to do what we have been doing all season. Our offense can adapt to any defense and we believe we can play score for score with anyone in the state.’’ If the General’s defense can play like they did against James Monroe, the Generals will lead their campaign on to the next round.
Ben currently has a 3.9 GPA and is the son of Jim and Angie Clark. Ben plans to attend Marshall University study biology next fall.

Please look for other local high school athletes to be named in next week’s Male Gamer of the Week Sponsored by Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. & The Putnam Herald.

Marcus Reynolds PT, DPT, CSCS is a Doctor of Physical Therapy at the Teays Physical Therapy Center and assists with the Potential Plus Program.