The countdown continues as the Battle Creek Enquirer ranks the top 10 high school football players ever at Pennfield.
We will be revealing players on the list all week until we reach No. 1 – the G.O.A.T – the Greatest Of All Time for Pennfield football. So return often to see the list grow.
Reminder, that once we complete the top 10 list, it will then be up to the Battle Creek area to vote for their No. 1 player and to find out if they agree with us.
Voting for the Pennfield G.O.A.T – greatest football player of all time at the school, starts on Friday at http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com
Then, each week, we will do a different city school until we have looked at the top players from each of the program in Battle Creek.
The Top 10 All-Time Football Players at Pennfield:
No. 6: Mike Clothier – Class of 1988
A member of one of the few undefeated teams in Pennfield history, Clothier was a two-way lineman for the 9-0 1987 team and finished with a 23-3 record over his three varsity seasons. The 6-foot, 235-pounder was a bit undersized as a lineman, but his ability led him to a scholarship to play at Grand Valley State. Clothier had 10 varsity letters in football, wrestling and baseball and helped the Panthers to two straight league titles, getting 67 tackles his senior season.
What the panel said: ‘One of the most dominant linemen in Panther history.’
No. 5: Dana Sanders – Class of 1979
Another Division I athlete out of Pennfield, Sanders had early interest from programs such as Michigan, Notre Dame and Indiana and eventually signed with Central Michigan University. As a running back and linebacker, the 5-foot-11, 190-pound Sanders helped the Panthers to 5-4 and 6-3 seasons, but was a star individually. Sanders was the first Pennfield athlete to earn the Enquirer Athlete of the Year award as he had a huge senior season, earning All-State after rushing for 1,112 yards and scoring 90 points. His 10.1 time in the 100 yards dash is still a school record at Pennfield.
What the panel said: ‘Had one of the best games ever with 275 yards and six touchdowns in his final game.’
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