Arrows still in playoff hunt after district wins

After back-to-back district wins over South Panola and Germantown, the Clinton Arrows are still in the mix to earn their first playoff spot since 2016.

A week ago, CHS upset South Panola 24-21. The Arrows came from behind to beat Germantown 21-14 on October 16. CHS is now 3-2 over- all and 2-1 in Region 2 Class 6A, with games remaining with Warren Central, Greenville and Starkville.

Clinton can clinch a playoff spot with a victory over rival Warren Central this Friday at Vicksburg and a win over Greenville on October 30. Or the Arrows could still get in the playoffs with a South Panola loss to Madison Central or Warren Central.

“We put ourselves in a good position for the playoffs by beating South Panola last week, and we put ourselves in an even better position by beating Germantown,” said Arrows head coach Judd Boswell.

Behind senior quarterback Caleb Miller, the Arrows scored 15 points in the second half to erase a 7-6 halftime deficit to the Mavericks. Miller hit senior receiver Michael Hughes in the corner of the end zone with a 17-yard touch-
down pass with 2:49 left in the third period. Miller’s two-point conversion run put Clinton ahead for good, 14-7. The score capped a nine-play, 73-yard drive. Clinton’s drive was set up by senior defensive back Jamar- ea Brisco’s hit and caused a fumble on Germantown star running back Branson Robinson. The fumble was picked up by senior safety Jeremy Mack, who recovered.

The Arrows made it 21- 7 two possessions later, when Miller hit senior wide receiver Carrson Deyoung on the right sideline who broke tackles, running 27 yards to score. Price Nixon kicked the point after.

Germantown scored on a five yard pass from Colton Garner to Jarrett Wade with 8:12 left. But, like a week earlier against South Panola, Miller and the offense earned four first downs to run all the remaining time off the clock and preserve the win. Miller’s fourth down 11-yard pass to Deyoung with just over a minute remaining sealed the deal for Clinton.

 

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Clinton took an early lead by driving 80 yards in eight plays to go up 6-0 on Miller’s nine yard TD pass to sophomore Kyler Hutton with eight minutes left in the first. Germantown went up 7-6 on Garner’s one yard run and Dylan Wasson’s extra point with six minutes left in the first half.

Of Clinton’s 315 offensive yards, Miller accounted for 271 yards, 103 rushing and 168 passing. Senior running back Montavius Warren had 111 yards, 71 rushing and 42 receiving.

“We came into the game confident we could throw on them and could run to the outside,” said Miller. “The plays were there in the first half, but we did a lot better job making it work in the second half. Our receivers – Carrson, Michael and Kyler – all did a great job getting open and making catches in the second half.”

“I think Caleb and our seniors have showed a lot of leadership this year, and that has been a difference,” said Clinton offensive coordinator Jeff Stockstill. Germantown’s defense was big and tough against the run, and they blitzed a lot. We did a better job in the second half of getting to the outside.”

Clinton’s defense limited the Mavericks to 258 yards, only 147 in the second half.

“We had some young guys play well tonight,” said Arrows defensive coordinator Hammer Morgan. “We had some guys that played banged up and gutted it tonight. They have a Division I college recruit, Branson Robinson, and we held him to 78 yards and no touchdowns. That was big. And Jamarea causing that fumble and Jeremy recovering it when they were about to score turned the game around for us tonight.”

“We didn’t play our best the first half, not wrapping up on our tackles,” said senior linebacker Antonio Thompson, who had four solo tackles and a lot of assists. “We knew this was our senior homecoming game, and we had to find a way to win it and also stay on track for a playoff spot.”

 


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