By Jonathan Bailey
The Camden Lions (3-5) headed out on the road to face the Fairview Yellowjackets (6-2) in a district matchup last Friday night, Oct. 7. Unfortunately, they may as well have stayed on the bus.
The typically impressive firepower that is the Lions offense struggled to gain any yardage for the entire night, ending in a staggering 56-0 loss to the Yellowjackets. Fairview amassed 317 rushing yards and 247 passing yards, combining for a 564-yard performance on the night.
CHS quarterback Will Dobson connected on only 6 of 14 passes for 69 yards, one interception, and seven rushing attempts for eight yards. Running back Gage Lee carried the ball eight times for limited gains, and wide receiver Tucker Jackson had two receptions for a combined 48 yards total. The Lions combined 83 yards total in this contest was their lowest output all season.
Inconsistency is the hallmark of this season. So far the Lions have had very high “highs” and very low “lows.” The team hasn’t lost a game at home but have lost each of their contests away. The beaten seventh-ranked McEwen, but lost to an unranked Waverly.
Statistically, the team is sound in many different ways. Dobson just crept over the 1,000-yard season passing mark with 1,014 yards and a 133.02 QB rating. He has 14 touchdowns and 271 yards rushing.
Running back Jaylen Boggs has 66 rushing attempts and 468 yards on the season, with seven touchdowns and five catches for 43 yards. He has returned eight kick-offs for a combined 126 yards and a 79-yard touchdown.
Wide receiver Isaac Moore, who is a sophomore, has a giant season with 459 yards receiving, seven touchdowns, 17 YPC, and 556 all-purpose yards. He also has 22 tackles and a sack on defense.
Linebacker Nathan Redman has dominated the defensive side of the ball for the Lions, leading the team with 67 solo tackles, one sack, and 4.5 tackles for loss. Linebacker Karson Goodwin has 65 tackles, two sacks, and 6.5 tackles for loss. Lee has 38 tackles, two sacks, and 13 (yes, 13!) tackles for loss.
The Lions have two more games remaining in the regular season. Their next matchup is at Union City (6-1), a team that is having a dominant season. CHS will finish up at home against Gibson County (1-6) for Senior Night, which looks to be a good chance for them to bag another win.
This team is young and has a lot to learn, but they absolutely are talented and exciting to watch. Following their development will be a fun adventure, and we will keep cheering them on, even when they have rough games and big losses. Go Lions!