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CCA football team off to hot start

By Datti Jinkiri


The high school football season is past the halfway point, and the Clinton Christian Academy Warriors have given a good account of themselves so far. The Warriors – lead by Head Coach Zach Rogel – currently have a 5-1 record, eclipsing their win total from last season by three already.


They started the season 3-0 with wins over Delta Streets Academy, Central Holmes Christian, and Amite School Center. The Warriors then dropped their first game of the season in a close seven-point loss to Adams County Christian. However, the team recovered nicely and scored a combined 84 points in wins against Carroll Academy and Benton Academy.


Senior quarterback Gared Clark has been a difference maker in his first season on campus. The Murrah High School transfer completed 15 of 30 passes for 439 yards (a school record) and five touchdowns in the Warriors’ 45-35 win over Central Holmes Christian on August 19th. He also had over 300 total yards and three touchdowns the following week against Amite School Center.


Clark’s top targets include seniors Kwun Yates and Jaylan Nichols, and both receivers have been key in the team creating huge chunk plays on offense. Yates had three catches for 116 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Central Holmes Christian. Nichols was the key beneficiary of Clark’s passes against Amite School Center, as he caught three passes for 144 yards and three touchdowns.


The Warriors have also been stout on the defensive side of the ball. The team shut out Delta Streets Academy and Amite School Center early on and have given up an average of just 15.3 points through six games. When you combine that with the offense averaging 41 points per game, that makes a recipe for winning a lot of football games.


However, the Warriors must look forward and take care of business down the stretch. They will face off against district opposition in Riverfield Academy, St. Aloysius, and Tri-County Academy, as well as non-district foe Canton Academy.


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