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. 8: Art Clark – Class of 1993
One of the heroes of Pennfield’s only state title football team. Clark made the final tackle in the championship game from his defensive back spot during his junior year as time ran out in a 14-8 game with Negaunee to help the Panthers win the Class CC state crown in 1991. As a junior, he had 57 tackles and three interceptions. As a senior, the 6-foot, 185-pounder had 683 yards rushing on just 53 carries for a whopping average of 12.8 per carry with 15 touchdowns and eight 2-point conversions. The all-around athlete had nine varsity letters in football, basketball, track and baseball and went on to play basketball at Kellogg Community College.
What the panel said: ‘One of the best athletes ever to play sports at Pennfield.’
No. 7: Nic Acton – Class of 2012
Long a running team, Acton rewrote the record books at Pennfield as a passer as he still holds the career passing yardage mark with 3,208 yards. Acton led Pennfield to a 28-5 record over three seasons, including taking the team to the regional finals in 2011 and finishing No. 3 in the state in Division 4 with an 11-1 record. The 11 wins in single season is tied for second in school history. A two-year captain, the quarterback/defensive back rushed for 300 yards and had 1,600 yards passing as a senior. Acton played lacrosse at the college level at Siena Heights.
What the panel said: ‘Was one the most finely-conditioned and hardest-working players to ever play at Pennfield.’
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