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By Danny C. Davis
     After defeating Germantown 42-10 and moving to 4-0 on the season ,  the Clinton Arrows remained the # 1 team in Mississippi in Class 6A in both the Clarion-Ledger Super 10 poll and the statewide Associated Press poll.
     CHS moved to 4-0 for the first time since 2000 , the only other time that the team has
advanced to the state championship game.
     CHS had an open date last week and will start Region 2-6A action Friday September 23 against rival Madison Central.  “It is great to accomplish what we’ve have done and win all of our non district games, but we have the whole season in front of us,” said Arrow head coach Judd Boswell.
      Region 2-6A,  the district that the Arrows compete in, appears to be the strongest division in Class 6 A in years. In the state wide Associated Press poll Clinton is # 1, with district foes Starkville # 2, and Warren Central # 3.  Northwest Rankin was also undefeated at press time and ranked  # 14 in the statewide poll.
       “It is going to be tough every week from here on out,” said Boswell.  “There are five really good teams  in our district , but only  four playoff spots, so a good team is going to be left out.”
        “We’ve got to play at a high level from here on out to nail down a playoff spot.”
Against Class 5A Germantown, the Arrows had little trouble. After Germantown took a 3-0 lead on an early  field goal with 9:47 left in the first quarter,  Clinton never trailed again scoring 28 unanswered first half points to take a 28-3 first half lead.
      Cam Akers passed to Reginald Landing for a 48 yard gain to the Maverick 2 yard line. Two plays later Akers scored on a one yard plunge. Kicker Tucker Barefoot connected on the first of six extra points to put CHS in the lead for good 7-3 with 5:32 left in the first period.
     Akers scored again on a 32 yard run with 5:30 left in the half to cap a 6 play 60 yard drive to make it 14-3 .  Two minutes later Akers connected with senior wide receiver Jordan Patton for a 50 yard pass scoring play  to make it 21-3 with three and a half minutes left in the half. Akers 10 yard run with 21 seconds before half made it 28-3 to cap an 8 play 81 yard drive.
     After Germantown closed it to 28-10, Akers scored on a one yard plunge to cap an 80 yards 7 play drive with 4:15 left in the third to make it  35-10.   Akers ran for his fifth TD of the night with 10:48 remaining to put CHS up 42-10.   Arrow reserves played  the remainder of the game with the defense shutting out the Mavericks in the final period to preserve the 42-10 win.
     “We got  a good early lead and were able to play a lot of people tonight,” said Arrow offensive coordinator Blake Pennock. “We had a lot of success in the first half with the read option and the triple opinion. We were able to give our opponents a lot to worry about looking at a tape of our offense tonight.  I am proud of the way our offense played tonight. We just have to get better every week. It will be a tough battle in district play from here on out.”

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