By ANTHONY IRIZARRY | Assistant Features Editor

The smell of pancakes wafted through the air of the main dining area of G’s Pancake House on Saturday, Feb. 26.

In the middle of the room, two men struggled to scarf down dishes full of gargantuan pancakes.

The crowd clamored emphatically, egging them to eat more before the time wound down.

One of the men, who wore a black SSF T-shirt, patiently folded each piece of pancake before devouring it. His competitor, a red-faced man wearing a camouflage-cap, ground his slice of pancake to pieces with the side of his fork.

Photographers lined up in front of the remaining contestants, the flash of their cameras flickering without remorse for the bloated men.

The host of the event, a man dressed in a referee uniform, blew the whistle when the contest ended and brought the pancakes into the back room of the restaurant to weigh the plates of remaining food and designate a winner.

The contest had finally drawn to a close, and it was time to decide who had won the G’s Pancake House “Triple Nickel Challenge.”

Four contestants had been picked for the contest. In order to win, contestants had to consume five slices of 16 inch pancakes, layered with five eggs and five pieces of meat.

If none of the competitors finished their dishes within an hour, the judges would weigh each plate, and whomever had the lightest plate would be declared the winner.

After 15 minutes, the host returned to the dining area and announced the winner of the contest was Jonathon Clemons.

The 28-year-old, who stood no taller than 5’8, was the smallest among the competitors but out-measured them in heart and determination.

The young man posed for the cameras, hoisting a bevy of awards that included a trophy, a medal, a check and a Blu-Ray player.

Clemons, who represented the SSF Academy when the original contestant wasn’t able to make it, described his strategy to victory.

“My strategy was just to pull it out piece by piece, fold them up, and make burritos out of them,” Clemons said.

The host of the competition, Terry McMoore, spoke in detail about the purpose of the G’s Pancake House contest.

“I’m an event coordinator for the Tennessee Urban Resource Center, and our goal is to help raise money for charities,” McMoore said.

After Clemons received his award, a $100 check, it was donated to Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Clarksville. TAS