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Bulldogs and Blazers go all in while playing to scoreless stalemate
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RIDGE VIEW QUARTERBACK Cameron Butler holds onto the football after being tackled by Camden cornerback DeSonta Cauthen in the first quarter of play from Fridays Camden Shrine Club Football Jamboree finale at Zemp Stadium.
Jimmy Neal has been around Camden High football long enough to know what is thought to be a harbinger of bad things for the upcoming regular season is winning your portion of the Camden Shrine Club Football Jamboree.So, as the 16th year Bulldog boss and Camden native watched the clock strike zero --- with the scoreboard reading the same --- in Friday night’s jamboree finale with Ridge View, Neal almost breathed a sigh of relief at the scoreless deadlock.As he looked back on jamborees past, Neal laughed in recalling one contest in which his scored in the waning seconds of the game to come away with the victory. It was not greeted all-too-warmly by those who knew of the team’s woes after a jamboree win.“I remember one jamboree where we recovered a fumble down here,” he said in pointing toward the east end zone at Zemp Stadium, “and we scored and won the game ... and people were mad that we won that night.”There was no chance of that occurring on this end to a long evening in which either side sniffed the end zone. The closest each team would get came in a matter of seconds when the Blazers’ Rakeem Perry picked off a CHS pass at his own seven and returned the interception deep into Bulldog territory only to have the ball brought back to the RV 16 after the guests were flagged for an illegal use of hands penalty.Camden’s lone threat on that stunted marched started at the Blazers’ 32 after defensive end Tyrone Kelly pounced on a RV fumble.