By Jonathan Bailey
The regular season has come to a close for the Camden Lions. They played a crucial matchup this past Friday against Gibson County in which the winner would advance to the playoffs and the loser would go home. Fortunately, they won this game they had to win 35-8, and will advance to the playoffs for the 20th consecutive year.
Camden started the game a little shaky and Gibson capitalized early. The Lions went out on their first possession and fumbled the ball. Shortly after, Gibson scored a touchdown and 2-point conversion, leading the Lions 8-0. That first quarter score would be Gibson’s last for the night.
The Lions continued their sluggish start into the second quarter before flipping the switch to take off like a rocket. Isaac Moore punched in a 21-yard touchdown run, followed up by a surprise 2-point conversion by Karson Goodwin. Jaylen Boggs bounced into the end zone on a 3-yard run and kicker Jack Odom nailed the extra point.
At half-time, the Lions led 15-8. They returned to the field to tack on a pair of receiving touchdowns, one to Tucker Jackson and a second to Moore, leaving Gibson County in the dust and clinching their playoff berth.
This contest was similar to other home outings for the Lions – a stat fest. More records were broken as quarterback Will Dobson stepped his way into the record books. With eight completions for 259 yards and three touchdowns, Dobson surpassed the single season passing yardage record previously set by Brian Markham in 2004. With 1,412 total yards, Dobson’s record should hold up for years to come.
Wide receivers Jackson and Moore each broke records of their own. Senior Jackson caught four passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns, breaking the record for single-season receptions at 33, which previously was set at 29 by Joey Zurek in 1997.
Sophomore Moore finished the game with three receptions for 128 yards, one touchdown through the air, and one rushing touchdown of 21 yards. With those stats, Moore broke the single season records for receiving yards (663) and receiving touchdowns (9), surpassing the old records both previously set in 1977 by Mike Bullington.
Defensively, linebacker Gage Lee had a standout performance, racking up five tackles for loss, nine unassisted tackles, and 13 tackles total. He was involved in nearly every play from sideline to sideline. Right behind him, Nathan Redman finished the night with one tackle for loss, two unassisted tackles, and 10 total tackles on the evening.
Senior Goodwin had one tackle for loss, five total tackles, and made a major impact on the line of scrimmage throughout the contest. The Lions defense collectively had 48 tackles, two sacks, one pass break up, and even an interception by Moore.
The Lions will advance to the first round of the playoffs on Friday, Nov. 4, against Fairly High School in Memphis. For more information on the Lions, visit their Facebook page @Camden Central High School Football.