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What it means to be a Dragon


  • Clinton High School senior footballers are learning more than football from their coaches. They are also learning more than football from former Dragons and community members.

Erreese King, also known as ‘Nuddy,’ came to Clinton High School his sophomore year and has made a huge impact on the team.

His attitude, and caring for others, shows with the way he teaches the new kids, and he is willing to learn new things to make himself better both inside and outside of the classroom.

When asked what head Coach Darell Keith means to him, King said, “Coach Keith has impacted my life on a very high scale. He has done things for me that no one else would do for me. He checks up on me on my worst days.”

King is a tough, hard-nosed runner, but says his goal this year focuses more on the defensive side of the ball. “I want to have at least two picks (interceptions) each game, and a team goal I have is to build chemistry and get to the ‘ship.’”

He says he’s noticed major changes in Clinton, including leadership, dedication, respect, and chemistry amongst the team, school and community.

“As a student, I want to be remembered as the respectful, quiet kid that’s always making the best grades possible,” he said.

About being an athlete, he said: “I want to be remembered as an underdog who shut up all the doubters.”

As King reflects on his senior year, he wants the next generation of Dragons to know, “They will always be the underdog and it’s no one but themselves in their way.”

“Being a Dragon means a lot,” he said. “You have to have some toughness and fight in you to be a Dragon.”