High School Football | Camden takes lead over Weldon before game suspended
By Mike Wood
Saturday, August 24, 2019
CAMDEN — This time it wasn't the opponent that stopped Camden County in their opening game of the 2019 football season.
It was Mother Nature.
The Bruins led Weldon 14-6 with 5:50 remaining in the first half when rain and lightning forced a suspension of the game.
The contest will be completed on Friday, September 20, which fortunately was an open date for both teams.
Despite the disappointment of the game interruption, first year Camden head coach Josh Sophia had to pleased with what he saw from his young team.
They have some speed and playmakers on offense, and play a disciplined and opportunistic defense.
The Bruins took the opening kickoff and went on a long drive that ate up almost half the first quarter.
Starting in good field position at their own 39 yard line, two running plays netted five yards.
Quarterback Sam Guill drew the Charger defense offsides for an initial first down.
Two plays later Guill flipped a screen pass to Jackson Nobles in the left flat, who carried the ball all the way to the Weldon 30 yard line.
Consecutive offside penalties gave Camden another first down, and after a broken play lost yardage, Guill connected with back Jaden Clark for 11 yards and another first down.
Shaken up on the play, Guill had to leave the game, and the versatile Clark replaced him at quarterback.
Only a freshman, Clark was unruffled.
He took a keeper down to the Charger eight yard line, and then one play later he dropped back as if to pass, and then found a crease through the pass rush, and sprinted up the middle for a score.
The conversion rush failed, but Camden led 6-0 at the 6:13 mark of the first quarter.
Weldon received the kickoff and went on a drive of their own.
With a full house backfield designed for the run came, they moved the ball from their own 37 to the Camden 20 yard line.
However, a hard hit on a sweep play forced a fumble that was recovered by Bruin linebacker Isaiah Hill, which gave Camden possession at the 25.
The Bruins wasted no time in taking advantage of the turnover.
Returning at quarterback, Guill passed to Clark for 25 yards.
He then pitched to JaQuan Cordy, who accelerated around left end for 31 yards and another first down.
Justin Noon finished the drive, taking an inside handoff and bursting up the middle for 19 yards and a touchdown.
A returning running back from last season, Noon bowled over the last tackler at the five yard line on his way to the score.
A conversion pass from Clark to Hill was good and Camden led 14-0 at 1:46.
It began to rain early in the second quarter as Weldon scored on a six yard touchdown run by Navario Alston.
The score was set up by a 64 yard run by Charger quarterback Demajai Brickell.
The two teams then exchanged possessions as the rain increased and lightning forced the stoppage of play.
Camden's next scheduled game is in Barco against Currituck in the Byrd Bowl on Friday, Aug. 30.