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Crestwood outlasts ‘vanilla’ Dogs, 6-0

Posted: August 13, 2011 12:21 p.m.
Updated: August 15, 2011 5:00 a.m.

In what could be called the anti-Baskin-Robbins game of Friday’s 36th edition of the Camden Shrine Club Football Jamboree, Camden employed what head coach Jimmy Neal freely admitted as a vanilla game plan in a 6-0 loss to Region 6-AAA rival Crestwood in the evening’s finale.

Knowing that their teams will hook up again in the conference opener on Sept. 30 at Zemp Stadium, neither Neal nor Knights’ head coach Keith Crolley was going to give either side something to think about on this night.

Camden, running just a handful of plays, was held to 12 yards in offense on 15 snaps with 14 yards coming in the air. Crestwood rushed for 181 yards on 26 hauls --- with 60 of those coming on quarterback Willie Glover’s scoring jaunt --- to account for all its offense.

For Neal, not showing Crestwood and/or Friday’s season-opening opponent, Spring Valley, much of anything has been the Bulldog boss’s M.O. when it comes to playing in a jamboree.

"We’re very fortunate that we didn’t have any injuries and we’re very fortunate that everybody got to play tonight," Neal said. "Do we wish we would have executed better? Of course, we do. But Crestwood was bringing a lot of pressure on us and was doing a lot of blitzing and stuff like that. Obviously, we have to be able to pick that up, but we didn’t. Early in the year, you don’t pick that kind of stuff up. They gave us problems with that."

Camden’s offensive woes could be attributed to the non-descript game plan as well as having three projected starters along the offensive line --- two of those returning starters --- injured and sitting this contest out.

"We were very vanilla," Neal admitted. "We just kind of ran a few things out there. We did it and we’ll live with it."

The Bulldogs’ offense got off to an auspicious start as junior quarterback Josh Council was sacked on his first two attempts as the Knights’ blitzes paid off. The hosts’ most productive play came on their second offensive series when Council found sophomore transfer Dontrell Miller with a 14-yard completion, resulting in Camden’s lone first down of the evening.

CHS would be forced to punt after an incompletion on third and 11 from its own 35. Jake Ansley’s 48-yard punt was taken by Juan Gardner at his own seven and returned to the Crestwood 25.

Glover, who was used under center as well as at wingback in the Knights’ Wing-T offense, went for 12 yards on the first play of his team’s third offensive series. Two snaps later, on second and seven from the 40, he tucked the ball away and sprinted past Bulldog defenders for a 60-yard touchdown. In a contest in which punts and PATs were played live, Camden blocked Jonathan Ray’s extra point try to keep the lead at 6-0 with 2:11 left in the first stanza.

Like it did on offense, Camden did not show anything other than a base defense. The Dogs got burned by Glover on his scoring jaunt on a play which the Knights like to run. Neal, though, said there was a silver lining on the play.

"They got us over there," Neal said. "It was probably a good thing that something like that happened. We have a young outside linebacker, who is going to be a good player for us, who went inside and went to the dive when he is supposed to have the quarterback on that play.

"Those things happen. We don’t want that to happen next Friday or Fridays after that. But that’s why you have jamborees. That’s why you have scrimmages and do all this stuff. When he came off the field, our coaches coached him up and explained to him what he did wrong and that he has to be conscious of those things."

The second 12 minutes saw both coaches clear their benches. In fact, at one point, Crolley and Neal met at midfield during a stop in play to make sure that they would each being playing their reserves starting with one particular series.

With several projected starters and key back-ups still nursing injuries and not being available for most of the pre-season, the Bulldogs anticipate getting those players back on the practice field this week. Neal said with that group back in fold, his team has to get back on the same page.

"We have to get some continuity, as much as anything. We have to be moving in the same direction," he said. "Obviously, we have to get people ready and better. All of us have to get better at what we’re doing and we have to start executing. It’s going to take some time."

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