Football: Clark wins No. 200 in as Mahnomen-Waubun edges out Ada-Borup-West
John Clark Jr. won his 200th career game on Friday in Mahnomen-Waubun's 14-8 victory over Ada-Borup-West.
MAHNOMEN – The name “Clark” has been synonymous with football in Mahnomen and Waubun for a long time.
On Friday, another chapter was written. John Clark Jr. earned his 200th career win in Mahnomen-Waubun’s 14-8 victory over Ada-Borup-West. In Clark’s 22 years as a head coach, he has a record of 200-43, 13 section championships and three state titles.
The Thunderbirds look like they have the goods to repeat as Section 8A champions. They scored touchdowns in the first and third quarters, which was enough to move to 4-0 on the season.
Curtis Mehr punched in a one-yard score before Ashley scampered for a 10-yard touchdown to take a 14-0 lead. Ada-Borup-West threatened late in the fourth but couldn’t find the equalizing touchdown.
The Thunderbirds rushed for 259 of their 288 yards of total offense. Ashley led the way with 189 yards on 36 carries.
Mahnomen-Waubun turned the ball over five times on four fumbles and an interception. However, its stout defense kept Ada-Borup-West at bay. The Thunderbirds held the opposing rushing attack to just five yards.
Clark is 10th in the state among active coaches in wins and is 62nd all time. His career winning percentage of 82.3% puts him 10th in Minnesota high school football history. Clark has never had a team with less than five wins, according to Dave Peterson.
The Thunderbirds have two straight wins over the Cougars dating back to the Section 8A championship last season.