Lumberton's Jatarrian Clark has been battling injuries all season, his coach Brian Ford said Monday. However, if you watched his performance Friday against Resurrection, you would not be able to tell.
Clark finished the Panthers' 40-34 win with 29 carries for 189 yards and three touchdowns. He also added one catch for 15 yards and a score. The senior running back said he could not have had such a great game without a little help from his friends. "You can't do it without your teammates," Clark said. "So the whole time I was out there I was thinking I have to get it in, I have to do it for them. We went hard all week for it so I set my mind to getting it done."
The Panthers opened up play in division 8-1A with Friday's win over Resurrection, and Clark was a big part of that despite being banged up. Head coach Brian Ford says he would not expect anything different from his running back. "He's got a lot of heart and he's tough and he wants to help his teammates. He wants to perform well and he just won't lay down, he keeps going," Ford said.
Lumberton (1-2) continues division play Friday as the Panthers face Salem.