Clinton had not beaten South Panola in 16 tries before this past Thursday but Cam Akers made sure that streak came to an end.
"Oh feels so sweat," Akers said about Clinton's 35-26 win over South Panola. "I'm about to go celebrate with my City (of Clinton) now. It definitely means a lot to our town and team. We did this for our city and town. We broke a 16-game losing streak to those guys. We came out victorious. It just shows all the hard work we have been putting in during the off season. It got us this win."
The nation's No.4 overall rated player in the country didn't waste anytime setting the tempo for the game. Cam Akers took a snap in the shotgun formation on the second offensive play of the game and zigged past would-be-defenders and stiff armed a couple en route to a 70-yard touchdown.
"It was just adrenaline. I knew what I could do, and I knew what I had to do. That's what I did. I had to put my team on my back. That's what leaders do."
Clinton head coach, Judd Boswell, knew the game was on when Cam busted up the middle for the game's opening score.
"He's just at a different speed than everyone else. I've never coached or coached against anyone like Cam. But he has some help too. We have a couple guys who can really play at another level. Maberry had a heck of a night too."
South Panola closed the margin to 21-14 right before half but Cam found his running back, Darius Maberry, for a 54-yard touchdown pass.
"Maberry is unbelievable," Judd said. "I mean he is the guy that makes us tick. With him and Cam (Akers); Maberry is a pretty quiet secret. He's a quiet kid who doesn't say a whole lot, but he's a SEC football player. He just has unbelievable speed and quickness and has gotten a lot more physical for us."
What makes Cam so special in coach Boswell's mind?
"Cam is a duel threat. His competitive nature is what makes him so special. He's a great athlete. We have all seen how athletic he is, but I'm telling you, his competitive nature is unlike I've ever seen. There's no one that loves the game of football more than Cam Akers. That's what sets him apart."
The third quarter saw South Panola dominate as they once again got within a touchdown, but Akers busted down the left sidelines for a 65-yard touchdown run to give the Arrows some breathing room.
"That falls under just doing what I have to do to be a leader for our team," Akers said. "Whatever I have to do to help my team win; that's what I'm going to do. We came out victorious. It wasn't just about me. It was about everyone putting in a lot of hard work this off season to become mentally and physically prepared to win a game like this. It was a total team effort. Our city came out here and supported us, and we fed off of that. We appreciated all of their support."
What was the difference between this year's club winning the game than last year's team that lost to South Panola?
"Brotherhood. Blood, sweat and tears everyday at practice. Everyday. That's what got us this win. Working hard everyday this summer at practices. Spring ball, everything, that's what got us this win."
The 5-Star running back released a top ten which consists of Ole Miss, Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, Michigan, FSU and California. The Rebels brought over about a dozen of their players to come see Cam play in the season opener. It didn't go unnoticed.
"Yea, I noticed them all. I appreciate it. All I can say is Hotty Toddy."
Ole Miss was the only school in the state of Mississippi to make the cut.
"I definitely got love for Ole Miss. Coach Hugh Freeze and coach (Derrick) Nix. Just the whole coaching staff and the school in general. I definitely have love for Ole Miss, always have, but you know."
The Rebels stock piled some of the nation's top offensive recruits last season. That intrigues the 5-foot-10 1/2, 218-pound tailback.
"It's definitely a big factor for me. Knowing I got pieces around me. I'm just going to weigh my options from here on out."
There's been chatter that LSU has been making a move as of late. What's the latest with the Tigers?
"Just recruiting. That's all I can say. It's just recruiting."
Akers doesn't have any future trips on the docket, for now.
"Not yet. I have not made my official list yet."
Yancy Porter is the recruiting analyst for the Ole Miss Spirit and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org