CLINTON – The River Kings have taken another hit.
Clinton's Ethan Barry, a football and wrestling standout, intends to transfer to fellow Mississippi Athletic Conference program Bettendorf prior to the 2019-20 school year, the junior confirmed to the Clinton Herald Tuesday.
Barry's plans to leave town arrive on the heels of classmate LJ Henderson announcing his transfer to Camanche in a March 1 tweet, signaling the departure of an acclaimed Clinton student-athlete for the second time in as many weeks.
Barry, who earned first-team district honors the past two seasons, has led Clinton in tackles during that span while becoming an offensive threat midway through last season. Barry trailed only quarterback Kalvin Godette for the team-lead in scores with five touchdowns.
According to Barry, the decision to transfer revolves around his Division I football aspirations. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound force suggested a well-respected program like Bettendorf, which resides in the robust Quad Cities market, has the ability to generate more collegiate opportunities.
"I feel like I have a better chance of exposure at a school like Bettendorf than Clinton," Barry said. "Clinton has an amazing coaching staff with even greater teachers and friends that I will always be thankful for.
"But I'm doing what is going to give me a better opportunity in life. I have a goal to play Division I football and I think [Bettendorf] could help get me there."
Barry said his family plans to move into Bettendorf's school district, which would grant Barry an exemption from Iowa High School Athletic Association's 90-day ineligibility period.