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October 17, 2012

Tift topped by tough Camden

TIFTON — The Tift County Blue Devils took the long road trip last week to battle the No. 1 Camden County Wildcats in Kingsland. At the end of the night, they found themselves at the tough end of a 47-0 score in a contest that a featured a large Camden roster and a heavy rushing attack.

“We were just outmanned,” said Devils coach John Reid.

The Wildcats not only came in as the top-ranked team in Georgia, but they also appear on multiple national rankings lists.

They showed every bit of their power early when they scored a touchdown on their first play from scrimmage when Kalvarez Bessent went 65 yards around left end and left Tift with a 7-0 deficit merely 11 seconds into the game.

Four minutes later, Marcus Jordan added another rushing touchdown, but were stopped from adding one more when the Devils blocked the extra point.

Three more touchdowns came in the second quarter and Camden went into the lockerroom with a 34-0 lead.

Camden’s roster sheet lists 143 players.  The Wildcats were able to substitute at will on every play and on nearly every snap switched out two or three players.

Reid, though, did not feel that was an excuse. He said that both sides still used the same amount of men per play.

“They’re at a different point in their program,” he said.

The Wildcats did almost all of their damage on the ground, racking up nearly 450 rushing yards. Two of their backs, Bessent and J.J. Green went over 100 yards, Bessent with 114 and Green with 105. On the night, nine different backs took handoffs. Reid said he thought his squad did not tackle well, enabling their opposition to get several big gains.

Nearly all of the Devils’ ground-gaining came from Rashad Daniels. A week after being benched for disciplinary reasons, Daniels ran 23 times for 95 yards.

“He was our best offensive player,” said Reid.

Daniels’ 37-yard burst in the third quarter moved Tift firmly into Wildcat territory. It was the first of his five consecutive carries on the drive as they scratched their way to the 29. Their momentum would end there, though, as they ran out of downs and had to give the ball back.

Camden also had solid support from Georgia signee Brice Ramsey. Ramsey only had half of his 14 passes completed, throwing for 129 yards and a touchdown caught by Conner Lockhart with two more called back on penalties. He was also impressive with his legs, particularly the right one. The Wildcats used him on kickoffs and field goals. He came up just short on a 53-yard attempt in the second quarter and nailed a 32-yard extra point after the Cats were called for a tripping penalty on their initial attempt.

The Blue Devils have a chance this week to pick up their first Region 1-AAAAAA victory of 2012 this Friday when they host the Valdosta Wildcats at 8 p.m. at Brodie Field. The Cats were defeated by Lowndes in the Winnersville Classic last Friday, 17-14.

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