KINGSLAND — The Camden County Wildcats used a balanced offense and a swarming defense to defeat Ware County 21-9 in a scrimmage game Thursday at Chris Gilman Stadium.
After being held scoreless on their first possession, the Wildcats got on the scoreboard in a three-play, 41-yard drive that was capped off with a 4-yard touchdown run by quarterback Logan Watson with more than four minutes remaining in the first quarter.
The Wildcats got on the scoreboard again on their first possession of the second quarter on a five-play drive starting on their own 24-yard line. Watson tossed a 63-yard touchdown completion to Logan Berryhill to give Camden an 14-0 lead.
Ware County responded on the following possession in a 10-play drive that took nearly five minutes to narrow the lead to 14-7. The Gators scored again on the next Camden possession when a bad snap went over the punter’s head and into the end zone for a safety to make the game 14-9 late in the first half.
Camden added to its lead in the third quarter on a 60-yard interception return to give the Wildcats a 21-9 lead. They padded the lead on the following possession on a five-play drive that ended with a 26-yard touchdown run by Jamie Felix.
The junior varsity squads for both teams played the fourth quarter and no score was kept.
After the game, Camden coach Bob Sphire said his team’s performance raised as many questions as it clarified about starting positions, but overall he was pleased with the team’s progress and the hard work his players have put in to improve.
“Grit comes from doing the lonely work,” he said. “We have a lot of guys doing the lonely work when other guys are sitting on the couch watching TV and sipping on a Coke.”
He said game film from he scrimmage will show the competition for starting jobs is close at some positions.
“We are going to have more competition at some of the spots,” he said. “We were a more physical football team than a year ago. I thought we looked like a better football team.”
One weakness from last year’s team was in short yardage situations where the team failed to get that crucial first down and keep a drive going.
“Oure running backs had a good night,” Sphire said. “We ran the football better than we did at any time last year.”
The one thing Sphire would have liked is to see more of the kicking game during the scrimmage.
“What I saw was not crisp. I don’t know if we have enough off the game to evaluate,” he said of the kicking game. But overall, Sphire said he was pleased with the team’s play.
“It was good to get some of these guys some reps,” he said. “Our big thing is to get ready for next Friday.”