• John Macon Gillespie

Coverage Recap: Clinton 27 | Warren Central 21

Last time these two played, Warren central dominated the game from start to finish, even with star running back Joe’Vontae Shorter injured. Shorter, paired with Damarcus Jones and Jesse Wilson, is a nightmare for opponents to gameplay against, but Clinton found a way to grind out a win, with enough defensive stops and huge plays by superstar Cam Akers.

All game long, these two 6a heavyweights took turns taking shots at each other, grinding for the tough yards and making big defensive hits. With rain pouring down and the field becoming muddier by the minute, the game quickly turned to a ground game for both teams by the end of the first quarter. Eventually, the two teams went into overtime and with Clinton forcing an incomplete pass on 4th and 3 at the 3-yard line in order to win the game 27-21.

Cam Akers- Everyone knows he has all the talent in the world. He’s 5’11 220 pounds and runs a 4.4 in the 40-yard dash. He's the number 9 player in the entire country with any offer he desires. Pushing all of that aside, the heart Akers played with last night was the stuff of legends. On almost any given play, it took 4-5 Viking defenders to bring him down. Plain and simple, Akers willed this team to a win by putting them on his shoulders.

ATH Damarcus Jones, RB Joe Shorter, QB Jesse Wilson- Without these 3, Warren Central doesn't keep this game close. Clinton has the big names with guys like Kam White, Cam Akers, and Darius Maberry, but Clinton couldn't stop those 3 last game and they didn't have much of an answer for them this game either. Shorter and Jones are elite athletes and I firmly believe they'll be playing on Saturdays in the future.

The Road Ahead-

Warren Central is a fantastic team and has nothing to be ashamed about. They went toe to toe with one of the top couple teams in the state and beat them 1 out of 2 times.

Clinton will face Madison Central next week. Madison Central is coming off beating #1 Tupelo at their own place, so this should be a fantastic game to watch.

Player of the game:

Who else? Cam Akers. He finished with 254 rushing yards on 33 carries and 136 passing yards to go with scoring 3 of the 4 touchdowns for Clinton. A legendary performance.

**Photo by Keith Warren of the MHSAA.

#TuckerItaliano #Clinton

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