Champions Crowned (Night 1)
6A State Championship
On November 20, Clinton quarterback Cam Akers was named the 2016 SES Mr. Elite. That is exactly how he played on Friday night. He was elite. He was unstoppable. He showed why he is arguably the best high school football player Mississippi has ever seen. He totaled over 400 yards off offense and a mind boggling SEVEN touchdowns.
It was Clinton’s first ever state title and the perfect ending to a high school career that has accomplished so much. The case was made last night, that the Arrows should go ahead and retire Cam’s jersey. Should they? ABSOLUTELY!
As for the rest of the state, we owe this guy a thanks for the memories and a good luck in the future. His is exceptionally bright.
2A State Championship
Calhoun City 22
Bay Springs 8
Schedule the parade around the Calhoun City Square because the gold ball is coming home with the Wildcats. The last time that happened, George Bush Sr. was living in the White House. It just so happens, the last time the Wildcats one the crown, it was against Bay Springs in 1989.
City used hard-hitting defense and gashing runs from their collection of great backs but none were more impressive than their quarterback and game MVP Jo Jo Gray. He isn’t the biggest back on the field but plays the hardest and refused to be stopped on Friday afternoon in Starkville.
This was as emotional as a championship win can be and SES Mississippi will have more on that later this week.
1A State Championship
The Simmons Blue Devils finished off their second perfect season in a row by knocking off Lumberton Friday, in the 1A State Championship Game. Simmons, who has been known for their explosive offense led by junior running back and SES 1A Player of the Year, Marquez Pam did just enough to keep Lumberton on the defensive.
However, it was the Blue Devil defense that sealed the deal in this one. They forced turnovers and came up with big time stops late in the game when it appeared Lumberton might yet again pull off the improbable comeback.
Simmons will return several key players in 2017 and will again be the front runners in the 1A.
**Clinton & Simmons photo by Keith Warren of the MHSAA.