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.

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Mahnomen-Waubun football head coach John Clark Jr. won his 200th career game on Sept. 22, 2022 in a 14-8 victory over Ada-Borup-West.
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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.

ADA-BORUP 0 0 0 8 – 8

MAHNOMEN-WAUBUN 6 0 8 0 – 14

SCORING- FIRST QUARTER- MW- Curtis Mehr 1-yard TD run, two point conversion no good, 6-0, 2:25

THIRD QUARTER- Dennis Ashley 10-yard TD run, two point conversion run by Mehr good, 14-0, 5:17

FOURTH QUARTER- Aiden Marcussen 4-yard TD pass to Austin mcCraven, Marcussen two point pass to McCraven good, 14-8, 1:25

TEAM TOTALS- MW- 288 yards total offense, 29 passing yards, 259 rushing yards, 5 turnovers, 17 first downs, 3-8 third down, 1-4 fourth down; AB- 173 yards total offense, 168 passing yards, 5 rushing yards, 1 turnover, 10 first downs, 5-16 third down, 1-6 fourth down

MAHNOMEN-WAUBUN OFFENSE- PASSING- Dennis Ashley 3-6, 29 yards; RUSHING- Ashley 36 carries, 189 yards, TD; Curtis Mehr 8 carries, 53 yards; Curt Bellefeuille 2 carries 17 yards; RECEIVING- Mehr 1 catch, 12 yards; Carter Clark 1 catch, 9 yards; 7- Tyson McArthur 1 catch, 8 yards

MAHNOMEN-WAUBUN DEFENSE- Brok Spalla 7 tackles, 4TFL; McArthur 5.5 tackles, 1TFL; Dominick Lyons 3.5 tackles; Jameson Donner 3 tackles; Jacob Littlewolf 1.5 tackles; Dennis Ashley 1 tackle, 1 TFL Braxton Qual 1 tackle; Kasey Wadena 1 tackle, 1 TFL; Brody Lhotka 0.5 tackel

Jared Rubado is the sports editor for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and the Perham Focus. He moved to the area in September of 2021 after covering sports for the Alexandria Echo Press for nearly three years. Jared graduated from the University of Augustana in 2018 with degrees in journalism and sports managment.
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