By Jonathan Bailey
The Huntingdon game was a bust, we all agreed. If you will recall, we mentioned a potential “redemption story” coming this week for your Camden Lions.
This is that story.
The McEwen Warriors traveled into town last Friday night with a 2-0 record. Ranked #8 in the state, a lot of doubters believed that they would have their way with the Camden Lions.
It turned out to be quite the opposite, with the Lions being triumphant on their own field with a 48-34 win. In the first minute of play, quarterback Will Dobson linked up with wide receiver Isaac Moore for a 31 yard touchdown, and the steamroll began. Camden’s offense was electrified again this week, edging the record books, and making a statement.
Dobson (this week’s Jackson Sun male athlete of the week nominee) led the Lions with an incredible 13 completions of 20 attempts, 163 yards passing, five touchdown passes, and 103 rushing yards with a rushing touchdown to boot! This is the first time a quarterback has passed for 100 yards and rushed for 100 yards in a single CHS game since 2013 (Christian Vick).
Right behind Dobson, Moore caught eight passes for 144 yards and four touchdowns, just one shy of the CHS single-game record. We can’t forget to mention Jaylen Boggs, who has performed consistently in each of the CHS contests so far. He applied 145 rushing yards and a touchdown on the day.
Another notable play was when wide receiver Nathan Redman caught his first high school touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. Combined, the powerful Camden offense produced 411 yards of offense with seven touchdowns and lineman worked tirelessly and performed at a much higher level than in previous games, preventing quarterback sacks and giving Dobson time to complete his record-chasing
You don’t have an offensive night like that without effective defensive play, and that’s what the Lions provided. The phrase “have yourself a night” applied to our star defensive player Nathan Redman. An incredible 13 tackles set him apart from his peers. Linebacker Gage Lee was right behind Redman with eight tackles and four tackles for loss. It is important to note that Lee has his sights set on the season record for tackles for loss and very well may achieve it at this pace.
Always steady, senior Karson Goodwin disrupted the offense all night and brought in eight tackles himself. Safety Chris Hatley had five tackles with one tackle for a loss. In total, the Lion’s defense produced 70 total tackles with eight tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, two sacks, and one interception.
Arguably, this was the Lions’ best performance yet on the season.
If the Lions can stay on track, they may be enroute to visit the playoffs for a 20th consecutive season. The Lions will travel to Martin-Westview for a Friday night matchup this week.