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Chapman, Cheraw hold off Dogs in 51-38 shootout
CAMDENS ALEXX COOKE HEADS upfield while being pursued by Cheraws Johnnie McClendon after making a catch in Saturday afternoons game. The Bulldogs stay on the road, facing West Florence on Friday night. - photo by C-I photo by Tom Didato
CHERAW – Final exams are not supposed to be given on the first day of school. That did not stop Cheraw from throwing the book at a young Camden defense in what turned out to be a 51-38 victory for the host Braves in Saturday afternoon’s season opener.More times than not, the Bulldogs were with one --- and sometimes, no --- returning starter(s) on defense against a Cheraw offensive scheme which opened in the spread set, changed into the wishbone after the passing game bogged down, before settling into a split-back “insert” scheme with Robert Pitts taking over under center for starter Brett Burnett. The one constant for the hosts was tailback Justin Chapman who sliced and diced his way to a 31-carry, 276-yard afternoon with five touchdowns.