Players from 30 and 40 years ago, respectively, will return to be honored.
“If you grow up in Clinton, you know how important and special it is to play in Clinton,” head coach Andrew Webb said. “The reason is the people who came before us and made Clinton High School football come to be known as the Pride of Clinton. We’re proud of those championship teams, and it’s extremely special to take a few minutes to honor these guys who made this program what it is.”
Hence, the inspiration for Throwback Night.
Members and coaches of the 1977 and 1987 state championship teams have been invited back. The present Red Devils will wear special jerseys that replicate those worn by the 14-0 Class 3A champions of 1977 with a commemorative patch honoring both teams. After the game, the former state champs will eat together in the school cafeteria, and the throwback jerseys will be available to purchase for $50 each. Team members will be offered first opportunities to purchase the jerseys, which will then go on sale to the public.
Webb hopes his team will derive some inspiration from the champions from the past.
“We’re hoping to get some of those 1977 and ’87 team members back into the team room with us, and at 5:30, when we share those intangibles that have been shared forever before Clinton High games.”
Dating back to the 1960s, the Red Devils have prepared for games by having team members share “the Intangibles,” which consist of slogans and rallying cries deemed crucial for success. An example might be, “Any old nag can start, but it takes a thoroughbred to finish.”
“When these guys who played 30 and 40 years ago come back and share their experiences, it’s as important a lesson as any these players can learn,” Webb said. “The lesson being taught is the way this program got to where it is through hard work, believing in those intangibles, and toughness, and they’re the same things we’re teaching now.”
A loss in Abbeville left the Red Devils at 1-3. Chesnee has already played three schools in Clinton’s Region 3-3A, falling to Broome (14-47) and Chapman (0-52) and defeating Woodruff (42-28).
Of his own team, Webb said, “These guys, as far as day in and day out, get it, but we’ve got to make it happen on Friday nights. Performance is what counts. We’ll see if we can turn these tangible things we do into wins.”