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The Camden Lions recorded their second consecutive blowout shutout when they rolled past Martin Westview 42-0 on Homecoming. It was the most lopsided victory this season for the Lions who shut out Cheatham County 33-0 the week before.

Camden sputtered on its first possession, losing possession on a turnover on downs deep inside Westview territory but then started hitting on all cylinders on offense and defense. Everything clicked for the 4-4 Lions who are 2-1 in the region with 2 games to play in the regular season.

The Lions bounced back to put some points on the board on their next possession, taking a 7-0 lead when senior Heath Daniel ran 22 yards for a touchdown with 2:53 left in the first quarter. The scoring drive was aided by a personal foul on Westview that gave Camden a first down at the Westview 37. Ben Like kicked the extra point.

Camden’s next four touchdowns were results of Westview turnovers. The second Lion touchdown was set up when Brennan Smith pounced on a fumbled kickoff return at the Westview 35. Daniel ran to the 18 and a big first down. On second and 11 just as the second quarter began Camden called a time out. On third and 11 Daniel hit junior Darius Porter on the left side for a 19-yard touchdown strike. Like again kicked his second of six extra points for a 14-0 lead with 11:05 left before the half.

The Lions dodged a bullet that ultimately led to their third touchdown. After Westview recovered a high snap fumble at the Camden 28 with 6:45 left in the half a pass interference call on Camden allowed Westview to convert on 4th and 7. That is where the Chargers lost their spark. Heath Daniel stepped up to intercept a pass in the end zone for a touchback. Then Story broke an 86-yard touchdown for a 21-0 lead.

Then Camden scored again off the third Westview turnover to lead 28-0 with 2:22 left.
Just before the half, Jace Riley intercepted a long pass at the Camden 41 and on the first play Story outran Westview defenders 59 yards for a touchdown. Like’s kick made it 35-0. Story had 153 yards rushing by the end of the first half.

Jace Riley got his second interception of the night early in the second half to thwart a Westview drive as the Chargers were moving the ball with a no-huddle offense. But Westview intercepted right back to start a drive at midfield. The Chargers converted a 4th and three down near the Camden end zone but lost possession and the opportunity to avert a shut out when Camden’s Quae Taylor recovered a loose ball (his team’s sixth fumble recovery) on the next play at the 5. Story got his team out a hole on the next play when he ran 34 yards to the 39.

The drive stalled and Westview got the ball right back in scoring position at the Camden 21 when they recovered a botched snap to the punter. But on 4th and 14 at the 25, a pass was completed short of a first down and Camden took over on downs early in the fourth quarter.

Darius Jones got loose on a long run all the way to the 1. Then Quae Taylor bulled it into the end zone for a 42-0 lead with 6 minutes to play,
It is the first time all season that Westview was shut out.

Records: Camden 4-4; Westview 2-6
Westview 0- 0-0-0–00
Camden 7-28-0-7–42

Team 7-1A All
Fairview 4-0 7-1
Camden 2-1 4-4
Sycamore 2-1 3-5
Cheatham Co. 1-2 3-5
Harpeth 1-3 1-7
Stewart Co. 0-3 1-7


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