"No jukes (from me); I'm just trying to get past whoever is in my way."
Clayton topped the 100-yard receiving mark in three games last season for Sulphur Springs, which went 9-3. The junior caught six passes for 164 yards (27.33 ypc) with two touchdowns vs. Sherman. Against Mount Pleasant, Clayton grabbed four passes for 135 yards (33.75 ypc) and, in a 56-52 win over Jacksonville, he had seven receptions for 102 yards and a TD.
"Sherman was a crazy game," said Clayton. "We beat ourselves. We came out flat and got down early. They were a good enough club to where you can't overcome a huge deficit (Sherman won, 60-34). I was able to beat their corner on a deep post, and I also had success on a couple of crossing routes. In zone coverage, they were pretty good, but they had trouble stopping me in man coverage.
"In the Jacksonville game, we came out flat and were down, 21-0. We couldn't get anything going offensively at first. They intercepted a pass and I was able to chase down the opposing player, strip the ball, and we recovered it. That changed the momentum and we played our butts off to come back and win."
Clayton has some preliminary interest from Oklahoma State and Northwest Missouri State.
What's the prognosis for next year, with Sulphur Springs bringing back both Clayton and swift-footed RB Kendrick Daniels?
"Kendrick and I have been friends and played football together since the seventh grade," said Clayton. "We love the game and love to have fun, but it's all about doing right inside and outside of school. We make that extra commitment, both in the classroom and with doing stuff like early morning workouts.
"That's what you have to do to set yourself apart from other playoff teams. That's what you have to do to get past the third and fourth rounds of the postseason."