The Camels entered Friday’s contest within one win of securing another District Championship…and the team did not disappoint. Campbell County beat the Ryle Raiders to become Back-to-Back District Champions.
Ryle scored during the game’s opening drive. Their 3 yard TD run gave the Raiders a 7-0 lead early in the 1st qtr. The Camels answered on a Mahoney field goal to make it 7-3 with 4:52 remaining in the 1st. The Camels would take over and immediately score on a 63 yard pass to Zabonick with only seconds remaining in the 1st qtr. They took the lead at 10-7 and never looked back.
Tyler Durham scored on an 8 yard Keeper with 6:39 left in the 2nd. And, with only 5 seconds remaining in the half Avery Wood completed a 25 yd pass to Jake Zabonick to make the halftime score 24-7.
Campbell County began the 2nd half by recovering an on-side kick at the 40 yard line. With the momentum on their side the Camels scored again when Durham completed an 11 yard TD pass to Wood with 8:59 remaining in the 3rd. The Camels led 31-7.
After a Ryle score, Campbell County continued to pressure the Raiders on both sides of the ball. Tyler Durham scored on an 8 yard keeper with 11:07 remaining in the 4th to make the score 37-13. Ryle continued to battle, but was no match for the Camels offense this night. Durham recovered a low snap and scampered to a 40 yard TD run. The Camels led 44-20 with 7:03 remaining in the game.
The Camels defense did their part as well with 2 interceptions in the contest. In addition, they stopped the Raiders for a 25 yard loss on a 4th and 1 play. That sack led to the Camels final score when Howard took the ball in from 5 yards out. Final Score: Camels 51 – Ryle 20.
Players gave Coach Lickert a Gatorade bath as they secured their second District Championship. Fans poured onto the field after the game to congratulate the team at mid-field.
The Camels have 2 more regular season games — first, at home versus Boone County next week. Then, they finish the season on the road at Ballard. Playoffs with follow.
Make plans to cheer on the Camels next Friday at home vs. Boone County. That game will be the last regular season game held at Bob Miller stadium. Many coaches, players, and personalities will be on hand to root for the Camels and say goodbye to their long-time home field. Next year, the Camels will be playing on their new, state of the art field at the High School.
Take a moment this week to congratulate the team for its performance. And, we will see you next week.
Connect with Stuart at firstname.lastname@example.org