WELLSBORO — Keegan Clemens is the lineman that high school coaches dream of — big, strong and started to develop a mean-streak later in his career with the Wellsboro Hornets football team.
Clemens was the leader on an offensive line that dominated in NTL play. With the group being responsible for nearly 4,000 yards of offense on the ground and a few completely dominating performances.
The most notable being the Wyalusing contest where star running back Aidan Hauser was injured early, but the offensive line made holes for any and all running backs throughout the afternoon as they accumulated 508 yards of rushing offense in a 48-14 trouncing of the Rams.
“It’s hard you know,” commented coach Matt Hilderbrand on replacing a lineman of Keegans caliber. “I wish we had five of him.”
With such high praise coming from the Wellsboro Hornets coaching staff, Clemens will look to the future competing at Bloomsburg, and with the cancellation of the PSAC fall sports this season, Clemens will look to continuously improve as he has for the entirety of his football career.
“Hopefully I can continue improving on everything I do,” Clemens said. “Improving in football obviously and also improving on academics. “I was recommended to one of the coaches by one of my peers,” Clemens said on choosing Bloomsburg as the school to continue his career. “And they actually gave me a chance. I’m glad they gave me a chance to come visit and I liked all of the coaching staff and the campus is really nice.”
When asked about some of his favorite memories in the green and white, Clemens struggled to pick just one, but eventually came back to one of the best performances Wellsboro had all year, when they trounced the then-undefeated Canton Warriors at home in commanding fashion.
There’s a lot of those, I don’t know,” Clemens commented on his favorite memories. “But this year probably beating Canton after all of the hype around them.”
With only three years of football experience, the sky’s the limit for a big, strong and driven lineman like Keegan, and the coaching staff at Wellsboro expects him to continue on that trajectory as he heads to college in the future.
“Just being around the game, the more he plays the better he gets,” coach Hildebrand said. “He’s gotten better every year he played for us, and I think you’ll see the same thing as he goes to college.”
Another aspect of Clemens’ game that has evolved over his three years of playing football is something that all lineman need to have when battling in the trenches, which is a mean streak.
“We were down at Hughesville and a cheap shot was taken at our quarterback and his helmet was ripped off,” coach Hildebrand said. “And the first guy who came flying in, was Keegan. And you know, that’s what you want to see. As a coach I had to be mad, but really that’s what you want to see. So you can develop that edge.”