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Dogs cross one from bucket list
Two-point play the difference in 15-13 win over Braves
CAMDENS OMAR MINGO (37) comes up with a tipped pass for the first of three Bulldog interceptions from Fridays season-opening victory over Cheraw. CHS safety Nelson Semple (36) is also pictured on the first quarter play. - photo by C-I photo by Tom Didato
Having been on Cheraw’s side of the field so often in the first half that the Camden offense could have claimed squatters’ rights, the Bulldogs had only a 7-0 lead to show for it at halftime of Friday’s season opener at Zemp Stadium.That made for an edgy Camden head coach Jimmy Neal, who admitted to being nervous in the hours leading up to kickoff. His nerves were finally eased when a fourth down Braves pass fell harmlessly to the ground after the final horn had sounded ending a 15-13 Bulldogs victory.In a first 24 minutes in which 28 of the Bulldogs’ 34 snaps came on the Braves’ end of the field, Camden had only a 15-yard Denzel Martin-to- D.J. Wilson touchdown strike to show for it. That, however, looked like it would be enough as the hosts’ defense held the Braves to minus (-three) yards in 23 first half snaps while creating a pair of turnovers.Neal later said his team could have started putting this one away in the opening two quarters of play.“We left a bunch of points on the field,” he said.