• John Macon Gillespie

Akers Taking Over

Clinton High School found themselves in several tight games in 2014. Many came down to the final minutes of the fourth quarter. It was then, that the Arrows would turn to their young signal caller to take over.

Rising junior quarterback Cam Akers seemed to have a knack for taking over late in games. Whether it be by passing the ball or seeming to be untacklable on amazing scrambles for long runs, One way or another, Akers got the job done.

"Well I had to do what I had to do for the team," Akers told SES. "Sometimes late in the fourth quarter I had to put the team on my back and that's just a part of being a leader."

Akers totaled nearly 3,000 yards with over 40 scores in his sophomore season leading the Arrows to a 10-3 record with a 6-1 record in league play.

Akers told SES that his play late in games just comes with the position.

"I just want to get it done at all cost," Akers explained. "I know my teammates depend on me just like I depend on them and whatever it takes to make that big play is what I'll do."

Akers says he knows when he has the defense on the ropes and that is when he loves to strike.

"It feels great because they have no clue what you're about to do and you can strike them from the throwing aspect or the running aspect."

Occasionally, Akers would find himself on the sideline late in games hoping for the chance to give his team the win but would first have to see if his defense could get a stop and get the ball back in his hands.

"Waiting for them is not difficult," Akers said. "Our defense is one of the best in The state and I know they will hold up and get us the ball back."

Even with his great success, the Arrows fell short of making a run through the 6A playoffs this past season.

"I know everything's not going to go my way so I take it as a learning experience," Akers expressed. "I have to work on everything to get better and that definitely makes me extra hungry for this year. That's why we scheduled the team we lost to in the second round for our first game of the season."

Akers knows that the 2014 season may have been a surprise to others but not to him.

"I wasn't surprised," Akers said. "I knew that with all the hard work that I put in during the offseason and keeping God first that we could have a great season."

Look for an even better season from Akers and the Arrows in 2015.

**Photos courtesy of the MHSAA

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