The Camels came in Friday after dropping the last two games to Conner and Simon Kenton. The Dixie Colonels were riding a 5-game winning streak. This district game was important for both teams and they came in ready.
Dixie won the coin toss and deferred to the 2nd half. The Camels received to open the game. Both teams’ defenses played with intensity and the score reflected it…0-0 at the end of the 1st quarter.
The Camels were first on the board when Stewart Knaley kicked a 37 yard field goal with 3:30 left in the 2nd quarter. After a quick stop, the Camels took over and scored again on a 32 yard pass from senior Avery Wood to senior Jake Zabonick. Camels led 9-0 with 1 minute remaining in the first half. Dixie responded quickly with a touchdown of its own on a 74 yard QB keeper. Camels led 9-6 at halftime.
The Colonels received the kickoff to start the 2nd half. They scored and took the lead 13-9 with 2:08 left in the 3rd quarter.
Both defenses continued to playing stingy…not allowing many yards or points. The Camels regained the lead when junior Eli Mattews returned a Dixie punt for a touchdown. The Camels regained the lead 16-13 with 5:43 left in the 4th quarter.
Dixie received the kickoff and went to work driving the ball deep into Campbell County’s territory. Facing a 4th & goal they attempted a field goal that was no good. Camels took over on their own 14 yard line with 2:08 left in the game.
The Camels moved the ball out near mid field. Facing a 4th and short of their own, Avery Wood did his best to draw the Colonels off side. Having no luck, he dropped back and punted the ball to Dixie’s 7 yard line with 57 seconds left.
With a small lead, in a big game, in front of the home crowd…the Camels needed to make a statement. They did just that when the defense stopped the Colonels on their own 11. The Camels took over on downs, knelt the ball, and sealed a quality win @ 16-13!
Coach Lickert and his team have a lot to be proud of with this win. But, they won’t be able to celebrate long. District play continues next week at Ryle. From there they go to Boone County before finishing at home versus Holy Cross.
Let’s travel well next week and fill the visitor stands to watch the Camels beat the Raiders!
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