In 2018, the South Effingham Mustangs struggled to a 2-8 record. What a difference a year makes. Here in 2019, the Ponies are 6-2 and playing for a deep run into the statewide playoffs in Class 5A.
Enter Nate Clark, former offensive coordinator for one of the top teams in Class 6A, the Lee County Trojans, who took over the fortunes South Effingham last spring as head coach.
“I took a look at this situation here in Effingham County and saw that the School system was good. It’s in an affluent part of the state and the Mustangs had several seniors returning,” said Clark. “It’s close to Savannah and I just felt that we could be a very good team if we worked hard and did the right things.”
When did Clark realize that he had something special in the 2019 Mustangs?
“It actually happened during summer workouts," he said. "After practice one day I told the coaching staff, I think we have something special here if we all work hard this season and coach these players the way we should. It just kind of blossomed from there. We got off to a good start and it has grown into something special."