Even though senior quarterback Caleb Miller didn’t carry his Clinton Arrows to a victory over Oxford in the Class 6A semifinals Friday night, he showed his coach Judd Boswell what a great leader he has been this season.

            Miller passed for 247 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 136 yards and one TD in Clinton’s 31-24 loss to Oxford at Clinton.

            For his outstanding performance, Miller has been named the Junction Deli/Mississippi Scoreboard Metro Jackson Football Player of the Week for the third week this season.

            The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Miller completed 82 of 130 passes, 63.1 percent, for 1,142 yards and 15 TDs with only four interceptions and ran for 695 yards and 10 TDs to lead Clinton to an 8-3 record this season. It was the most victories since All-American Cam Akers led Clinton to a 14-1 record and the 6A state championship in 2016.

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            Miller passed for 174 yards and one TD and ran for 108 yards and three TDs to a 35-7 victory over Starkville, knocking the Yellow Jackets out of the playoffs to win his second Player of the Week award. Starkville was the favorite to win 6A going into the season. He passed for 129 yards and two TDs and ran for 73 yards and one TD in a 24-21 victory over South Panola to win his first Player of the Week award. South Panola had won 15 of its last 17 games.

            “I can’t say enough about Caleb’s leadership and elite performances throughout this crazy season of football we have all experienced,” Boswell said. “It is a tribute to how hard this group has worked to be playing in the north state championship in 6A. And Caleb was at the forefront of it. Each Friday we may have been the lesser athletic team on the field, but our kids’ character and hard work helped them overcome obstacles throughout the year.”