STARKVILLE — Cam Akers went out with a bang.
In his final game in a Clinton High School uniform, Akers accounted for seven touchdowns to lead the Arrows past Pearl 49-35 in a shootout at Mississippi State’s Davis Wade Stadium on Friday night.
It is Clinton’s first state championship in school history.
Akers, a five-star prospect and Mississippi’s highest recruited player, finished the night 16 of 25 passing for 228 yards with two touchdowns and had 217 yards rushing with five touchdowns on 30 carries to lead Clinton (14-1) offensively and was named the games most valuable player.
His touchdown runs came from 8, 36, 1, 65 and 3 yards out. His 36-yard run with 10:36 left in the second quarter gave Clinton the lead for good at 14-7. He had touchdown passes from 46 and 25 yards out. His 46-yarder went to Jordan Patton as time expired to end the first half.
Jake Smithhart had 138 yards passing with two touchdowns to Pearl offensively. Tylan Knight, Willie Brown and Jaylon Stovall each had a rushing touchdown for the Pirates (11-4), who was in the state title game for the first time since 1985 and seeking the schools first state title.