With a 36 year history between the two schools, the “Classic City Championship” between Cedar Shoals and Clarke Central in “the Jungle” was much anticipated. This was the 44th meeting of the two teams in “the Jungle”.
Two-year letterman Samson Smith is offensive lineman for the Cedar Shoals Jaguars and carries a 3.0 GPA. He is the son of Garry and JoAnn Smith
Trey Thomas from Clarke Central is a starting center and long-snapper for the Gladiators on the field and a standout in the classroom. He carries a 93.46 GPA and is involved in FCA, the National Honors Society, Habitat for Humanity and is a volunteer youth basketball coach. He is the son of Andy and Christy Smith
Homer Jordan played in the Cedar-Clarke rivalry for three years. In his senior season with Cedar shoals in 1978, he led the Jaguars to a 12-3 victory. Homer went on to star at quarterback for Clemson, where he garnered All-ACC honors during the 1980 & 1981 seasons. He was named to the All-American team in 1981 and led Clemson to its only national championship in football with a 22-15 victory over Nebraska. He was named MVP of the 1981 Orange Bowl. He currently serves as quarterbacks coach for the Jaguars.
Milton Gresham played in the Clarke-Cedar rivalry all four seasons of his high school career at Clarke Central. He played as a defensive back-up in the Gladiators’ 45-0 victory and 37-8 victory in his freshman and sophomore years. As a starting linebacker, he helped lead the Gladiators to a thrilling 7-6 victory his junior year and 17-7 victory his senior year. Milton went on to play football at Valdosta State University. Currently, he serves as a teacher at Clarke Middle School and coaches for the Gladiators.