On Friday night the Camden Bulldogs made the short drive to the capital city of South Carolina to take on the struggling Eau Claire Shamrocks at Bolden Stadium in Columbia.
"Struggling" should have been used loosely.
I knew the Dogs where in trouble when Eau Claire's RB whose name escapes me on this Sunday morning made his first of two 61-yard runs in the first quarter. And after being down 21-7 at the end of the first twelve minutes, I knew it was going to be a long night. But somehow the Dogs managed to get things together and ended up 50-36 victors over the Shamrocks on Homecoming night at Bolden.
Camden faced their toughest opponent of the year a week ago with Blythewood coming to town and getting a 56-14 win. I'd like to point out though exactly how classy it was for the Bengals to keep their first string offense in well into the fourth quarter when they were already up by six touchdowns. Yeah, I'm glad we don't have to play that crowd EVER again.
Camden now stands at 3-4 on the year, with wins against North Central, Dreher and now Eau Claire. The four losses to West Florence, Hartsville, Fairfield-Central and Blythewood. The Dogs will host Chester at home on Friday night. Again, this is a game that Camden could win, but they will need to step up to do it. Chester will probably end up with the region championship this year with Blythewood out of contention due to poor decisions by their coaching staff earlier in the year.
After Chester, the Dogs will play AC Flora at Memorial Stadium in Columbia on Thursday the following week, with rival Lugoff-Elgin coming to Zemp Stadium on October 26th. That game could decide who hosts a first-round home game in the playoffs, (playoffs?) which both Camden and L-E have already clinched a berth in with atleast two region wins this year. Five teams from the region go to the post-season, and with Blythewood out, you have to win two to get there.
Up until this past Friday, the spread 0ffense for the Dogs had only managed just over 500 yards through the air. Senior quarterback Jarvin Robinson though threw for over 180 yards against Eau Claire and made me look stupid because in the pre-game show I said something to the effect of if we would win, it would be on the ground.
Three and four is disappointing at this point, but I think Camden could possibly win out, getting to 6 and 4 heading into November.
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