It’s been three years since Camden Central High School has been able to celebrate its Homecoming in a way that will be remembered. After the pandemic, school officials were required to take caution until otherwise cleared to allow participation in “large group events.”
All of those years of missing out must have been building up for these kids, because they “showed up and showed out” this week! So many activities were a success, and there’s an article covering that, but let’s talk about Friday night and the record setting performance, once again, from your Camden Lions.
Houston County visited the Lions to try and spoil their Homecoming, and in the first drive it looked like they just might. Camden fumbled the ball and Houston County made short work of a touchdown drive to take the lead 6-0. The Lions clearly didn’t like that, and drove the ball 65 yards down the field on the next drive where Quarterback Will Dobson connected with Wide Receiver Tucker Jackson for a 17 yard touchdown pass. From there, Camden took the reins and started piling on stats. In the second quarter the Lions scored 3 touchdowns. Two by running back Jaylen Boggs and one by running back Gage Lee, who both had outstanding nights combining for over 386 yards on the ground.
After half-time, Gage Lee and Jaylen Boggs each tacked on another rushing touchdown and quarterback Will Dobson rushed for one himself. Camden’s defense played aggressively all night. Once again, Nathan Redman led the Lions with 8 tackles.
Karson Goodwin produced 7 tackles, and Bradley Chandler had 5. Jayden Owens had 4 tackles on the night with 2 tackles for a loss. Combined, the Lions defense had 52 tackles, 8 tackles for a loss, 3 sacks, and 1 pass break up by Isaac Moore. Many of the Lions games have been special this year, with several records being broken here at home. Friday night was no different. Camden’s 614 yards of offense is a new school record, surpassing the previous record of 598 yards vs. Stewart County in 2005. An outstanding performance that will likely stay on top of the record books for quite a while. Another achievement was accomplished by quarterback Will Dobson who overtook former Lions quarterback Spencer Berry, moving into the 4th position for the most career passing yards of all-time. Dobson finished the night 10/16, 163 yards passing, and 2 touchdowns.
Top performers in the contest include Gage Lee who had 20 rushes, 236 yards, 2 touchdowns, 5 tackles and 1 sack. Jaylen Boggs who had 7 rushes for 150 yards, 3 touchdowns, 4 tackles and 1 sack. Tucker Jackson, returning from injury, had 112 yards receiving, 1 touchdown, and 42 rushing yards.
All-in-all, this contest was a blast to watch. If you didn’t make it to the Lions Homecoming game, you still have one last chance as they will compete against Gibson County on the October 28 here at home for “Senior Night.” Be sure to support your local youth in their hard work to best represent the citizens of Benton County. More information on the Lions can be found on their Facebook page @ Camden Central High School Football. A special thank-you is in order for the “Stat Man” John Taylor, who tracks and provides all of the statistics provided.