Jones, Vikings Treating Clinton Like Any Other Team On Their Schedule
No team will be challenged more tonight than #6 Warren Central(7-1, 3-1). Cam Akers and top-ranked Clinton(8-0, 4-0) average over 450 yards of total offense per game, good enough to have helped them tack on at least 28 points in all eight games this season. Even more impressive are the five games in which the Arrows have score 42 points or more.
However, the Vikings have been prolific on offense, as well, having score 28 points or more in each of their seven wins this season. A narrow 28-25 loss to Madison Central is the only slip up so far. Furthermore, Warren Central scored 60 points in a win over Murrah last week, a point threshold the Arrows have failed to reach this season.
“It’s just another game on the schedule,” Warren Central senior Demarcus Jones told SES Mississippi. “The team vibe is really, really good. We have all focused in and are ready to play.”
Though Jones and his teammates have focused on themselves this week, don’t believe for one minute they aren’t aware of the challenge they face tonight.
“I’ll give them their respect. They have a good team overall. They have a lot of targets that can score, and of course they have the number one player in the nation at quarterback. Got to stop him,” Jones said.
There is no mystery why major college programs all across the county covet Clinton signal caller Cam Akers. Though, programs such as Alabama, Ohio State, Tennessee, Florida State, Ole Miss and Mississippi, want to move Akers to running back at the next level, he has thrown for over 6,700 yards plus 64 touchdowns in his career.
Jones will be pulling double duty in this match-up, as he has all season. His impact will be felt defensively and especially offensively.
So far this season Jone is responsible for 592 yards and seven scores on the ground. Additionally, he has snagged nine passes for 111 yards and two scores. On the other side of the ball he has tallied 22 tackles, 12 pass deflections, three interceptions and a sack.
When asked where the Vikings are best suited to attack Clinton, Jones had an interesting answer.
“Their secondary,” He stated.
Perhaps he is in line for a breakout game through the air.
With so precious few games left in his high school career, even with a deep playoff run, Jones is focused on reaching goals he has had in front of him for a lnog time.
“My mind is set on winning a state championship and to get better every day,” He explained. “And to have fun in my last year.”
When asked to reflect on his career for a moment, he spoke of personal growth and growth as a teammate. That is what sticks out the most to him.
“I have learned to control my attitude and be the best teammate I can be. It is important for me to keep a positive attitude when we are down, and for me to cheer my teammates, coaches and parents,” Jones said.
“As a team we have a very close bond and we’re just like family. When one of us is down, we are all down. Knowing that my team has my back no matter what is what has stuck out most about this season.”
**Photo by Larry Walker.