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October 13, 2012

Camden too much for Tift, 47-0

TIFTON — Ranked as high as third nationally in some polls, the Camden County Wildcats have put the Class in Class AAAAAA in the state of Georgia this year.

The Wildcats proved that Friday night in a 47-0 win over the visiting Tift County Blue Devils.

The Devils were struck with bad luck on the opening kickoff when the kick took a wide right and went out of bounds and Tift was assessed a 15-yard penalty.

Then on the opening play of the game with the ball at the 35, Camden's Kalvarez Bessent swept wide left and hugged the sidelines for 65 yards until he reached the end zone. Alexander Monreal's kick sailed through the uprights and the Wildcats led 7-0 only 11 seconds into the game.

Tift's first possession of the game featured the return of Rashad Daniels, who gained six hard yards on the ground on three runs, but the Devils could not pick up a first down.

Camden's offense would not strike as quick on their next drive, but still wasted little time getting their offense into gear. Georgia Bulldogs signee J.J. Green would get his first snaps at halfback and pick up 20 yards on two carries. Fellow Dogs signee Brice Ramsey would complete a pass for 13 yards, but most of the damage would come on the ground as Camden rotated backs before Marcus Jordan gained the final 16 yards for the second Wildcat score of the night. Tift would gain a small matter of retribution, though, as they blocked Monreal's extra point, leaving Camden up 13-0.

Daniels picked up the Devils first first down on the next possession, but they were forced to punt again after they could not recover enough yards after Kris Miller was sacked on second down for a loss of 8. Mason Gann boomed a 43-yard punt and Tift nearly had fortune fall its way when they forced a Green fumble on the runback, but Green was able to fall on the ball.

Camden looked to have the offense rolling again when Ramsey completed a 62-yard pass to Green, but it was called back for a hold. A trio of Jacob Johnson runs took Camden to the Tift 36, but the Devil defense started crashing the line and pressured Ramsey into three straight incompletions. Ramsey would try a 53-yard field goal, but his leg fell just short and the Wildcats were not able to add to their lead.

Four plays later, Camden was back in business after a Devils punt. This time, they exclusively stuck to the run game. After four plays, they had made their way from their own 48 to Tift's 35 when Green burst down the field and looked to be on his way for six when Devarius Vance knocked him out at the one. Keeping to a good thing, Green would get the next handoff and plow his way into the end zone for the score at 11:11 in the second quarter. Monreal added the extra point and the Wildcats extended their lead to 20-0.

Daniels would run hard on the next possession and a pair of Ryan Wedgeworth passes would fall just short and Tift would have to give the ball back.

Camden would be flagged for holding on their first play from scrimmage at their own 39, but got the yards right back when Chris Williams raced for 58 yards before being knocked out at the Devils' 12. The Cats would have another Ramsey pass touchdown called back on a penalty, but this time would not be denied when Williams scored from the one at 8:48. Camden would be called for tripping on the extra point and sent in Ramsey, who drilled the ball through the uprights and give the Cats a 27-0 lead.

Daniels would pick up a Devils first down, but they found the Wildcat defense difficult to penetrate and were forced to give the ball back after seven plays.

Camden would then be on the move again with the rushing game, taking the ball from their 41 down to the Tift 4 in nine plays, then Bessent got his second touchdown of the evening on a 4-yard rush, putting Camden up 34-0 with 1:42 remaining in the half.

The Devils received the second half kickoff and picked up another first down on a 15-yard Daniels burst up the middle that carried the team into Wildcat territory for the first time, but the momentum would stop there and Camden would get the ball back after Tift had taken it to their 44.

The Wildcat running game would strike again on their next drive, when Green and Bessent would run for 16 and 27 yards on consecutive carries and Tift would provide a 15 yard bonus when they were flagged for a personal foul. One play later, Ramsey would connect with Conner Lockhart for 24 yards and another touchdown at 7:23 in the third. The Cats would miss the opportunity to tack on one more, though, as the extra point snap went awry and left them with a 40-0 lead.

Daniels' legs provided a big spark for the Devils after the kickoff. He'd find a seam up the middle and burst for 37 yards to carry Tift back into Camden territory. The Devils would make it down to the 29, but Wedgeworth would miss a pass on fourth down to give the ball back.

The Cats would stick exclusively to the run game and slowly wind their way down the field to end the third quarter and then would take up half of the fourth on their way to a touchdown drive covering 71 yards and 15 plays. The final blow came from Josh Baker, who took the ball in from the four and extended the lead to 47-0 which would stand as the final score.

Rashad Daniels led the Tift offense with 98 yards on 23 carries. Camden would get 100+ yards out of two backs, Bennett with 114 yards and two touchdowns and Green with 105 and one touchdown. They would finish with 449 on the ground. Ramsey completed 7 of 14 passes for 129 yards.

Tift will be back home Friday to take on the Valdosta Wildcats. Valdosta was defeated on a last-second field goal, 17-14, against Lowndes.

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