Bobby Clark
Bobby Clark

 

 

Bobby Clark (1948)

Bobby Clark, who played at Champaign during his junior and senior years only after transferring from Urbana, won a total of six letters, two in football, basketball and track. In his two years as a left halfback for Coach Fred Major Sr. and the Maroons, Clark compiled a total of 1,500 yards in less than 75 carries as a member of a backfield that was known as the "flashbacks." During his junior year, CHS compiled a 6-2-1 mark and then was undefeated during his senior year. Some of Clark's highlights during his senior year include runs of 65 and 80 yards for touchdowns in a tough 19-13 win over Mooseheart. His 80-yard TD run came with Champaign trailing 13-12 with just a little over a minute left to play. During his senior year, Clark averaged 16-yards per carry on 53 carries for 848 yards. Honors in his senior year include honorable mention All-State and All-Big 12 Conference. Clark was a substitute on the 38-1 state championship basketball team. In his senior year, Clark was the seventh man on the team which compiled a 34-4 mark and finished second behind Centralia in the state tournament. He was a forward and averaged seven points per game. In track, Clark was one of the greatest performers that CHS has ever had. He won the state broad jump title as a junior and repeated as a senior with a jump of 23-1, and finished third in the state 100-yard dash. After graduation, Clark entered St. Augustine's College and was an All-CIAA Conference halfback in 1949 and 1950. During his college career, Clark placed fourth in the broad jump at the Penn Relays in addition to winning the CIAA Conference 100-yard dash in 9.7 and finishing second in the broad jump with a leap of 24'4".