Mayfield, Panthers run past Bruins
Pasquotank 60 Camden 0
By David Gough
Sunday, September 9, 2018
CAMDEN — Coming into Friday night, Pasquotank and Camden had yet to play a game where the fourth quarter held a lot of meaning toward the end result.
That statement remains true as the Panthers shut out the Bruins 60-0 on the road in Camden.
Pasquotank (2-2), whose win followed a 48-point loss to John A. Holmes last week, has now been on the good side of a blowout twice and the bad side of a blowout twice. It doesn’t matter a ton, however, to Panthers coach RaShawn Spencer how they won or lost those games.
“Those losses were expected and these wins were expected,” Spencer said. “We’ve gotten through what we see as the bumpy part of our season.”
The Panthers had their running game working all night, especially in the first half. They gained 215 yards on the ground in the first 24 minutes.
Senior Sam Bingham got Pasquotank on the board midway through the first quarter with a 17-yard run. He finished with 56 yards rushing and added a 19-yard touchdown reception in the second half from quarterback Jonathan Lamberson.
Camecis Mayfield set up the opportunity for Bingham’s first touchdown with a 26-yard run the play before. The sophomore’s second and final carry on the very next offensive possession was an even bigger one.
He ran 72 yards to the house to make it 14-0 before Bingham scored his second two-point conversion of the game. Listed as a wide receiver and cornerback, Mayfield finished with 98 rushing yards.
“(Mayfield)’s one of our better athletes on offense and defense,” Spencer said. “We felt like he could help us on the offensive side of the ball, so we gave him the opportunity tonight and he proved himself.”
Premier senior running back Jaquan Smith led the team with 104 rushing yards, with a 46-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
Lamberson finished the game with three touchdown passes. The senior connected with fellow seniors Jersiah Moore and Johnathon Barrett for his first two touchdown throws, part of a 38-point opening half.
“We still have things we want to work on, but the running game is starting to come together a little bit more and our passing game is starting to come together a little bit more,” Spencer said.
Aside from a couple of two-point conversions, those three touchdown passes for 66 yards were Lamberson’s only completions of the night. Spencer’s hope is for the passing game to be incorporated more as the season goes on.
“Right now, we’re not yet where we want to be,” he said. “At the end of the day, we would like to throw the ball a little bit more than what we’ve been doing.”
For Camden (0-4), it remains scoreless this season. The Bruins had a chance early on for their first score of the season, but penalties got in the way.
After reaching Pasquotank’s side of the field in the game’s opening drive, a false start on third down moved Camden back. With 11 yards to a first down instead of six, it led to quarterback Sam Guill getting intercepted by Barrett on a bit of a desperation heave.
On their next possession, the Bruins had two big plays brought back. Guill’s 15-yard scramble on third-and-15 was negated by a penalty, as was a big 40-yard run by Dylan Schaffnit to Pasquotank’s 8-yard line.
“Penalties, they kill you,” Camden coach Josh Blood said. “We run an offense where you get five yards, move on, put your head down and get some more yards. Can’t do that when you have penalties taking back big runs. A lot of mistakes.”
Blood added that his team competed well in the game’s first three drives, but it was difficult for the whole team to keep the energy up since most of the roster plays on both offense and defense.
Both teams will be home next week as the Panthers host Perquimans and Camden hosts Williamston-Riverside.