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Demons outlast Volunteers

Turnover-riddled contest goes 7-6 for L-E

Posted: August 13, 2018 2:07 p.m.
Updated: August 14, 2018 1:00 a.m.
Tom Didato/C-I

L-E TAILBACK TYLER DIXON had his jersey get caught up in the facemask of AJ’s Iverson Mungo on this carry from Friday’s third game of the 43rd annual Camden Shrine Club Jamboree at Zemp Stadium.

Five turnovers, 14 penalties, numerous “tuck rule” violations and a pick-six called back by a disputed call.

This is why you have a public exhibition contest in advance of the regular season.

One play after Andrew Jackson’s Ty Elders stepped in front of a Lugoff-Elgin pass and dashed 75 yards into the end zone with the interception, the Volunteers were flagged for roughing the quarterback durin the play. That infraction and another on top of that gave the Demons the football at the AJ four. On the ensuing snap, Randall Brown went in for the game’s first score as the Demons held on for a 7-6 victory in the third game of the 43rd annual Camden Shrine Club Jamboree at Zemp Stadium.

With all the flags not to mention the reoccurring stoppages as players were sent to the sidelines for one play for having their jersey untucked, there was little to no flow to a contest in which just 37 plays were run from scrimmage.

As he headed toward his team’s locker room, L-E head coach Matt Campbell shrugged his shoulders and smiled while trying to describe the 50-minute affair.

“There’s plenty of things to correct,” said the fourth-year Demons’ boss. “I kind of like the fact that we’re going to have to go back and coach them up and work hard. These kids will have an evaluation of themselves and see what they have to do to improve.”

After getting the ball via an AJ fumble on the second snap, L-E opened the contest by giving the Vols an heavy dose of tailback Randall Brown. The senior went for 18 yards to the Vols’ 18 on his first carry and then went for five more on the next play in a dive which fizzled as the Demons were unable to convert on a fourth and nine from the 17.

The Demons would put the ball on the ground and lose it on their next series but regained possession three plays later when Ethan Wolfe picked on a pass at his own 30 and returned it 16 yards to the L-e 46.

Carries of 15 and 10 yards from Dixon gave L-E a first down at the Vols’ 29. One snap later, Felder jumped the route and scampered 75 yards for the apparent score which was brought back by the aforementioned penalty which, following a lengthy discussion had another 10 yards tacked on which set up Brown’s scoring run. Alex Bowers tacked on the extra point kick and with 24:40 left, the Demons were off to a 7-0 lead.

“I thought, at times, we ran the ball effectively when the (first) group was in there,” Campbell said of his offense. “I thought Randall Brown and Tyler Dixon ran the ball well but, we had turnovers. We put the ball on the ground and had a pick-six which, fortunately, was called back on a late hit. Those are all things that we have to correct.”

AJ followed the game’s first score by marching 70 yards on eight plays with O.J. White reaching behind him to take in a Chas DeBruhl pass for a 24-yard gain to the L-E 18. On the next snap, Jamie Hinson dashed in on a counter to make it 7-6. The Demons kept the lead when their defense snuffed out the two-point run with 15:18 showing on the clock.

The two sides both turned the ball over in the closing eight minutes with interceptions as the Demons ran out the final three-plus minutes of the clock with their second team offense.

Brown rushed for half of L-E’s 102 yards on the ground on five carries while Dixon added 23 yards on four tries as the Demons gained all their yardage over land from 20 snaps. DeBruhl threw for 50 of AJ’s 96 yards in offense from 17 plays.

Campbell, whose team opens the season Friday at Westwood --- a 19-0 winner over Buford in Friday’s opener --- said the jamboree served its purpose.

“They haven’t been in a situation like this where they have been in front of a big crowd on a grand stage,” he said in comparing the circumstances to his team’s scrimmages or practices. “I told them there was no messing up and bringing it back and re-running the play tonight.

“We know it’s going to be a great challenge (this) week (at Westwood.) They have a lot of great athletes and a lot of great players.”

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