Clear Springs duo unstoppable?

While we love bringing you a good portion of high school news and updates, we also want to feature some of the state's top athletes, while getting a quick look at what's the latest on the college recruiting front. Today, we feature the two primary wide receivers for Clear Springs, James Cunningham and DeChe' Milburn. This is a TPI Premium article.

After dropping that first game to Spring DeKaney in the Zero Week, the Clear Springs team was hungry to get that first win. Last Thursday, the Chargers piled on 441 yards of total offense to get that first win in the bag with a 35-18 win over Manvel at Clear Creek ISD Veterans Stadium.

Though a total team effort was needed, wide receivers DeChe' Milburn and James Cunningham played a critical role in the win. 

For Cunningham, a change in the Manvel defensive scheme worked to his advantage.

"I saw that they were backing off so I felt I could make some moves. I took some chances and did what I had to do," Cunningham, who had five catches for 146 yards and a score said.

Milburn agreed.

"At first we thought they would come out in cover 3 so we had other stuff planned, but they came out in man," Milburn said. "And me and James don't feel like there is anybody in the state who can hold us man to man."

And that statement became these guys' reality as they made catch after catch throughout the night. Milburn, whose production cam mostly in the second half, had four catches for 70 yards and a touchdown. 

Both Cunningham and Milburn scored in the third quarter. Quarterback Dillon Doebler hit Cunningham on an 18-yard touchdown and Milburn caught a 19-yard touchdown pass. These results came after long practice days and maintaining a certain level of confidence that they take into every game.

"We don't worry about what the average standards are, we play our ball, Charger ball," Cunningham said. "We play hard because that's the way we play."

Milburn added, "We practice everyday and when the ball is in the air, it ours. We feel when we go up we will come down with it every time."

It seems as though that level of play has brought some awareness amongst the college ranks as well. Cunningham claims a lone offer from Colorado with TCU, USC, UCLA, Houston and others in pursuit at the moment.

The situation with Milburn is slightly different seeing that he transferred from Sierra Vista (AZ) Buena High School and is getting his recruiting back on track.

"Right now I have Louisiana Tech, but Tulane and Tulsa are also starting to look at me because I just moved from Arizona," Milburn said. "A lot of the West Coast schools said they want to see my first three games and then they will see if they want to offer."


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