Camden County’s playoff return ended in the first round as the Wildcats fell to Walton in their Class 7A matchup Friday in Marietta.
Walton scored on the first drive of the game with quarterback Austin Kirksey connecting with Kendall Alford for a long touchdown to give the Raiders a 7-0 lead three minutes into the game.
It took Camden 21 seconds to respond. Jamie Felix broke off a 66-yard touchdown run to answer the Walton score and tie the game 7-7.
The shootout was on as Walton answered with a touchdown on its next possession to push the lead back to 14-7. After a Camden punt, Kirksey and Alford hooked up for another score to make it 21-7 Raiders.
Camden answered on its following possession. After a long kickoff return by Jordan Billups, Javaris Edwards capped off a short drive with a touchdown run to make it 21-14 with time still left in the first quarter.
The scoring slowed in the second quarter with Walton adding another score to lead 28-14 at the half. The Raiders added another score halfway through the third quarter to expand their lead to 34-14. Another score before the end of the quarter would increase the advantage to 40-14 Raiders.
Camden would add a score with about seven minutes left in the game, but the comeback attempt would fall short.
The Wildcats finish the season with a 7-4 record. Walton moves to 10-1 on the season and will play Hillgrove in the second round.