Joe Clancy fit in just fine on a football field with some of the nation’s top college football players.
The Newburyport High alumnus and record-setting Merrimack College quarterback was the leading passer for either team at the inaugural Medal of Honor Bowl Saturday in Charleston, S.C. Clancy played for the winning American team, which posted a 20-3 victory over the Nationals.
Clancy completed 4 of 10 passes for 88 yards, edging out teammate Danny O’Brien, who completed 5 of 11 passes for 87 yards, for the game-high in passing yardage.
Clancy, the Northeast-10 Conference Offensive Player of the Year, played on a field with Division 1 players for the first time Saturday. The game included players from Tennessee, Kansas State, Arkansas, NC State, West Virginia, Wake Forest, Maryland, Rutgers, TCU, Virginia Tech, Baylor, Connecticut, Texas, Ole Miss, North Carolina and Oklahoma State.
Clancy was Merrimack’s lone representative on the New England Football Writers All-New England Team, and also was named to the Daktronics All-Super Region I Second Team Offense. He finished with 4,116 passing yards, 48 touchdowns and averaged 374.2 yards per game, becoming the first passer in league history to eclipse the 4,000-yard mark in a single season.
Clippers win D5 Relays title
The Newburyport boys indoor track team added a Division 5 Relays championship to its record Saturday in the midst of a perfect season.
The Clippers (9-0) won five events and totaled 51 points while competing in the Division 5 relays for the first time in school history. In previous seasons, Newburyport competed as a Division 4 team.
Newburyport clinched the championship in the meet’s final event — the 4x400 relay. Needing a minimum of a fifth-place finish to clinch a title over Old Rochester, Newburyport’s team of Brendan Byron, James Nutter, Tom Graham and Jared Healey won the event in 3:34.
Newburyport also won the high jump relay with Alec Reduker (5-10), Nick Fay (5-6) and Graham (5-6); the long jump relay with Reduker (18-10), Byron (18-6) and Healey (18-4); the 4x800 relay with Gabe Ficht (2:07), Nutter (2:07), Graham (2:03) and Nick Carleo (1:58); and the distance medley with Chris Orlando (1,200), Healey (400), Ficht (800) and Carleo (1,600).