Camden defeats Fairfield Central

The Camden Bulldogs shook off an opening week loss last week to down Fairfield Central at Zemp Stadium on Friday night 35-0.

The Camden Bulldogs shook off an opening week loss last week to down Fairfield Central at Zemp Stadium on Friday night 35-0.

The game's biggest play may have been the one made by Camden receiver Marvin Johnson, when he tracked down Griffin linebacker Robert Robinson who appeared headed for the end zone after recovering and returning a fumble early in the first period. Johnson caught and stopped Robinson after a 77-yard return at the CHS nine-yard line. The Bulldog defense then took over, stopping Fairfield on fourth-and-goal at the Camden four-yard line.

Then the CHS offense went to work, moving 96 yards in 8 plays, capped by Randy Hooks' one-yard touchdown run. Jake Broom's PAT made it 7-0 Bulldogs.

The Dogs would get on the board once again two minutes later, after a failed fake punt by the Griffins gave CHS the ball at the FC 20-yard line. It took just one play for quarterback Eric McCollom to find receiver Teo Ellis on a 20-yard scoring pass, and with 45 seconds left in the opening quarter, it was 14-0.

McCollom struck again in the second stanza, this time taking a snap and heading left on a planned running play and he didn't stop until he covered 81 yards to paydirt. CHS took a 21-0 lead into the locker room.

Camden continued to control things in the third period as they recovered a fumble at the Fairfield Central 29. Seven plays later Hooks scored his second touchdown, this time on fourth-and-goal from the one, and with Broom' s PAT, it was 28-0. The Dogs finished off the scoring on the first play of the 4th quarter, when McCollom found Johnson on a 17-yard scoring toss, which made the final score 35-0.

Unofficially, McCollom hit on 9 of 13 passes for 221 yards and two scores, and he added 110 yards on the ground with another score. Hooks rushed for 110 yards and two TD's as the Camden offense churned out 436 yards of total offense.

Camden defensive end Charles King had another great night, as he followed up a 17-tackle performance against Sumter with a tremendous effort against the Griffins. King earned Sports Connection Player of the Game honors.

Next week, Camden will host traditional rival AAAA Hartsville, while the road for Fairfield Central doesn't get any easier as they entertain Union.

Scoring Summary

FC 0 0 0 0 -- 0

CHS 14 7 7 7 -- 35

CAM – Hooks 1 run (Broom PAT)

CAM – Ellis 20 pass from McCollom (Broom PAT)

CAM – McCollom 81 run (Broom PAT)

CAM – Hooks 1 run (Broom PAT)

CAM – Johnson 17 pass from McCollom (Broom PAT)


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