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Spring Valley doubles up on Dogs

Two long TD runs make for 14-7 win over Camden

Posted: August 13, 2018 2:09 p.m.
Updated: August 14, 2018 1:00 a.m.
Tom Didato/C-I

CAMDEN LINEBACKER JALEN HOLLIDAY drags down Spring Valley quarterback Alex Herrera while Devin Engram (18) comes in to help in Friday’s final game of the 43rd annual Camden Shrine Club Jamboree at Zemp Stadium.

Nobody game plans for a jamboree. For that reason, Camden’s Brian Rimpf was not overly concerned with Spring Valley’s rattling off touchdown runs of 57 and 70 yards in its 14-7 win over the host Bulldogs in Friday’s fourth and final game of the 43rd annual Camden Shrine Club Jamboree at Zemp Stadium.

The 5A Vikings used a 57-yard scamper from tailback Anthony Wilson on the game’s third snap to get the scoring going. A little less than a half-hour later, Oru Nkiri went untouched from 70 yards out; one snap after Camden evened things at 7-7 with just more than 20 minutes remaining in the 50-minute contest.

Seeing as how the Vikings operate out of a option-style, misdirection offense which Camden had not seen this preseason, Rimpf said the days leading up to the jamboree were spent on his own team rather than breaking down Spring Valley.

“Overall, I was happy with our effort,” Rimpf said. “There are some things we have to clean up but the offense that (SV) runs, we’re not going to see during the regular season. We didn’t game plan for it. 

“We wanted to come out and play hard, read our keys and do the things we’re coached to do. We’re going to keep working from here and get ready for the first game.”

Wilson’s run started when he went inside before bouncing to his right and then finding his way into the end zone for the score and a 7-0 lead less than three and a half minutes after the visitors took control of the football.

Following an exchange of punts, Camden’s first team offense put together an impressive 15-play, 79-yard scoring drive which was trigged by quarterback Bryce Jeffcoat breaking off a 17-yard carry on third and one from his own 30. Jeffcoat then found Shymeik Corbett out of the backfield with an 18-yard swing pass before zipping a six-yard completion to Davea’ Cauthen for a first down at the SV 38.

A six-yard Mikah Davis carry on third and one set the ball at the Vikings’ 24. From there, the Dogs kept the ball on the ground for the next seven straight plays with Willis Lane going in from a yard out on fourth and one. Bennett Caldwell knocked home the PAT kick to knot things at seven with 20:07 left.

“We were really running basic stuff and trying not to do anything that we had not practiced,” Rimpf said of the scoring drive. “We were limited in the play-calling but that one drive was big for us to get on the board and get our kicker out there so we can get ready for our first game.”

On its first snap after the score, SV got the ball to Nkiri who sprinted through the middle of the line and into the end zone with the 70-yard run.

Camden, which used three quarterbacks on the night, went to sophomore Jaffari Pearson after Silias Coleman recovered an SV fumble at the Vikings’ 17. The drive was pushed back 15 yards due to a personal foul uniform infraction. On third and 15 from the 22, Pearson hooked up with Anthony Lyles, whose catch in the end zone was called back by offensive pass interference. The duo could not make a connection on fourth and 19 from the 26 with less than 80 seconds to play.

Davis ran for 28 of Camden’s 83 rushing yards while Pearson had another 21. Jeffcoat clicked on four of his five passes for 46 yards as the Dogs ran 26 plays for 171 yards. Thanks in large part to their pair of long scoring runs, the Vikings ran 11 times for 138 yards and added 23 passing yards for 171 total yards from 13 snaps.

In spite of what the scoreboard read, Rimpf said his team did what they set out to do on Friday.

“We were trying to get out of it injury free and with some good reps that we could get on film and more work for the guys against a good team,” he said. “Spring Valley is a good 5A team. It was good competition for us in our final tune-up for the regular season.”

The Dogs open at home Friday against in-county rival North Central.

“I think we’re in a pretty good spot,” Rimpf said. “We’re looking forward to the season, where the games count. We’re excited.”

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