BATESVILLE — Clinton coach Judd Boswell preached to his team all week about snapping the losing streak against South Panola.
Behind the top prospect in the state of Mississippi the Arrows snapped it.
Cam Akers put on a show to lead Clinton past South Panola 38-26 in front of a packed house at Tiger Stadium on Thursday night.
Akers finished the night with 154 yards on 17 carries with two touchdowns and was 14 of 22 passing with 272 yards with three touchdowns to lead the Arrows (1-0).
“I just did what I had to do to help my team win,” Akers said. “This win is huge for us and most importantly this win is for the city of Clinton.”
His leading receiver was Southern Miss commit Darius Maberry. Maberry had five catches for 117 yards and scored on a 59-yard touchdown in the second quarter.
Patrick Shegog led South Panola (0-1) with 130 yards passing with two touchdowns and also rushed for 57 yards with two touchdowns. Receiver Jordan Strong had 110 yards receiving with two touchdowns.
This is South Panola’s first home loss in a season opener since 2012 against Hoover (Ala.).
CLINTON 38, SOUTH PANOLA 26
CLINTON (1-0) — 14 14 7 3 — 38
SOUTH PANOLA (0-1) 0 14 12 0 — 26
C — Akers 70 run (Barefoot kick)
C — White 41 pass from Akers (Barefoot kick)
SP — Strong 46 pass from Shergog (Johnson run)
C — Patton 14 pass from Akers (Barefoot kick)
SP — Strong 24 pass from Shergog (run failed)
C — Maberry 59 pass from Akers (Barefoot kick)
C — Akers 65 run (Barefoot kick)
SP — Shergog 1 run (run failed)
SP — Shergog 14 run (run failed)
C — Barefoot 26 FG