Cam Akers' dominance leads Clinton (Miss.) past South Panola (Miss.)

Cam Akers' dominance leads Clinton (Miss.) past South Panola (Miss.)


Cam Akers' dominance leads Clinton (Miss.) past South Panola (Miss.)


BATESVILLE – It’s time to add yet another chapter to the Cam Akers Story. Let’s call it: Senior Season, Chapter 1.

Title? “Can’t Be Stopped” would work. “Dominant” would be accurate and to the point. “Greatness on a whole other level” is a bit wordy, but it works, too. We could go on, but you get the idea.

The top rated player in Mississippi looked every bit the part as he led No. 2 Clinton over host and No. 3 South Panola, 38-26, in the season opener, with five total touchdowns, including four in the first half.

Akers completed 14 of 22 passes for 272 yards and three touchdowns. He rushed for 180 yards and two scores on 17 carries.

Akers’ stats, as ridiculous as they were from this game, only begin to tell the story of his night. His first touchdown run, a 70-yard burst up the middle, came on the second play of the game. What’s more, when South Panola cut the lead to 21-14 with 1:37 left in the second quarter, Akers responded with a 54-yard touchdown pass to running back Darius Maberry on the opening play of the ensuing drive. He then broke a 65-yard touchdown run in Clinton’s first drive of the second half.

“This feels amazing,” said Clinton wide receiver Kam White. “You could feel the vibrations from the locker room before the game. With Cam, we have the number one player in Mississippi and he might be the number one player in the country. We can’t be nothing but grateful to have him on our team.”

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