Panthers brace for Clinton

Published 5:55 pm Thursday, September 2, 2010

Staggered by an 0-2 start, the Clinton Arrows invade BrookhavenFriday night, hungry for their first win of the season. Kickoff is7:30 p.m. for Brookhaven’s first home game of the season and alarge crowd is expected to fill the stands surrounding KingField.

The Arrows, considered one of the top Class 6A teams inMississippi, started their season with a 6-3, triple-overtime lossto Brandon. They were upset 15-10 by Ridgeland last Friday atClinton.

Ole Brook head coach Tucker Peavey said his Panthers must beprepared for a strong challenge from the Arrows. “They have losttwo close games. They obviously are strong on defense. They’ve onlygiven up one touchdown. They are a top-notch, quality team.”

Coach Scott Brown has forged a strong program at Clinton. TheArrows finished 11-2 last season, losing to South Panola andMadison Central.

On offense, their quarterback (Elliott Brashier) is a goodoperator. He runs and throws the ball real well. Brashier (6-1,165, sr.) wears jersey No. 16. He passed for 1,652 yards and 20touchdowns in 2009.

“They are solid everywhere,” said Peavey. “Their running back, No.32 (Akiko Thompson), is back.” Thompson (5-11, 175, sr.) is aworkhorse on Clinton’s offense. He rushed for 871 yards and scored14 touchdowns as a junior.

Peavey said the Arrows are strong on defense, too. “On defense, aswhole, they are quick. Their front guys are quick and they canchase the ball. Their linebackers are quick, too.”

Senior nose guard Andrew Bolton (6-2, 250, sr.) anchors Clinton’sdefensive line. A seasoned secondary compliments the linebackersand linemen.

According to Peavey, his Panthers will need a super effort to keeppace with the Arrows. “We will have to continue to play gooddefense and step it up more than last week. We have to score sometouchdowns. We can’t pass up opportunities.”

Peavey’s Panthers opened their season on a strong note, shuttingout the Franklin County Bulldogs 20-0 at Meadville. Offensively,they were led by senior quarterback Duwone Harris who rushed 15times for 95 yards and one touchdown. Tailback Travorius Showersrushed for 62 yards and two TDs.

Harris completed 7 of 14 passes for 120 yards. Wide receiver TrentPowell caught three passes for 60 yards.

Senior fullback/tight end Nick Peavey caught one pass for 17 yardsand suffered a knee injury on the reception when he was tackled atthe Bulldogs’ 5-yard line. He sustained a dislocated right kneecapand strained ligament. He will sit out tomorrow’s game.

Dewey Stailey will punt in place of Nick Peavey. At tight end,Randy Austin and Philip Hamilton will share time. Hamilton had onecatch for 16 yards against Franklin County.

On defense, the Panthers were led by inside linebacker KalenCalcote who was credited with 12 solo tackles and 3 assists. JacobyCooper had six tackles and Thevis Cooper five. Devonte Stewartintercepted a pass, helping the Panthers limit Franklin County to104 yards total offense.