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Arrows fall in North Semifinals to Starkville

Danny C. Davis

Clinton Arrows

The Clinton Arrows saw a good season come to an end on November 18 in the North Class 6A Semifinals, falling to eventual Class 6A State Champion Starkville 30-2.

What began at Arrow Field on a hot August night with the heat index close to 100 degrees ended on the chilly November night with temperatures near 40 degrees on the same field.
But in between those games, it was a really good season for the Clinton Arrows, who won seven games against arguably the toughest schedule in all classifications.

Clinton started the season unranked, but after defeating top-ranked teams back-to-back – Starkville and Madison Central – the Arrows moved to #6 in the Top 10 polls and remained in the Top 10 polls for the last half of the season. Four of the Arrows’ losses were to Top 5 teams Tupelo, Brandon and Ocean Springs, plus Starkville in the rematch in the north semifinal.

Starkville defeated Brandon for the Class 6A championship, so the Arrows defeated the Class 6A champ Starkville in the regular season and narrowly lost by 7 points to the runner up team, Brandon.

After a tough 1-2 start, the Arrows reeled off consecutive wins against Germantown, Madison Central and Starkville. After a controversial loss at Oxford, Clinton defeated Grenada and Jackson Murrah, then fell to #1 Tupelo before defeating Desoto Central 41-14 in the first round of the playoffs.

Clinton’s defense played well all year, giving up less than 13 points a game.

Experienced seniors help lead the Arrow offense to over 2,700 yards rushing and over 1,000 yards passing.

Seniors Jordyn Battee, JaKobe Calvin, Juan Taylor, and Kyler Hutton provided most of those yards.

Calvin pounded out close to 1,500 yards rushing and twenty TDs, Taylor had 550 yards, and Battee had 700 yards on the ground and seven TDs.

Battee threw for ten TDs and close to 1,000 yards. His favorite receivers Hutton, Taylor, and junior Veshone Malone all had close to 300 yards receiving.

Senior offensive linemen Griffin Burch and Cam Williams helped pave the way for the productive offense.

Junior punter Hayden Wolfe punted for just under a 40-yard average (38 yards average) and was consistent all season on extra points.

On defense, seniors Kamarious Gibson, Jacquavyian Carter, Quinton Whitehead, Donavon Coleman, and junior Veshone Malone lead the stingy defense.

Gibson had 83 tackles, Carter had 66, Whitehead had 51, Coleman had 49, and junior Malone had 42 stops.

“The season did not end the way we would have liked,” said Arrow head coach Judd Boswell. “But this was such a special group of kids that gave it all they had every time they stepped on the field and were just fun to coach and be around.”

“We’re really going to miss these seniors,” said Boswell. “Football is more than just winning or losing. It is relationships that are built for a lifetime for the players and coaches. This is a year-round sport now, with conditioning and workouts. We see these guys every day for three years, and then it is over. We started slow but beat a lot of top five teams and earned two home playoff appearances. We’re so proud of what they achieved this year.”



 

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