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Camels Position For Playoff Run/Winning Season With 21-14 Homecoming Win Over Simon Kenton
10/8/2005 - by Dave Schabell
In a game that unfortunately, there had to be a loser, Campbell County put a severe dent in the playoff hopes and dreams of the Simon Kenton Pioneers and put themselves in position to achieve that goal with a 21-14 win on homecoming night at cool, windy, and blustery Bob Miller Stadium.

Campbell County and Simon Kenton, neither of which have had much recent success on the gridiron until this year, both entered the game at 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the AAAA District.

The first quarter saw both teams keep the ball on the ground and actually it was the Simon Kenton defense who severely limited the Campbell County offense. The entire period was played well within the 20s and neither team could mount a serious threat.

The second period was quite a different story. On the first play from scrimmage, SK quarterback Josh Elbert went to the air only to have it intercepted at mid-field by John Snowball. An ensuing Camel pass-play resulted in a 50 yard touchdown from Steve Brown to Hunter Craig and the Camels suddenly found themselves in the drivers seat, up 7-0 after the successful PAT. Simon Kenton would answer with a 62 yard drive resulting in a four yard touchdown run by Josh Larkin, which knotted the score at 7s at intermission after Nick Thomas tacked on the point-after, and this one looked like it was going down to the wire, living up to its pre-game hype.

Campbell County drew first blood in the second half when Andy Franzen electrified the already pumped Campbell fans with a major punt return allowing the Camels to set up shop at the Pioneer 27 yard line. The Simon Kenton defense was resilient forcing fourth-down when QB Brown found Johnny Popp open in the endzone putting the Camels back on top 14-7 following Danny Hildebrand's second successful PAT.

When the Camels tacked on yet another TD on their next possession it appeared to be game, set, match Camels but credit the Simon Kenton Pioneers, who had come too far to go down without a fight, marching 93 yards midway through the final period to cut the Camels lead to 7 after a Elber to Les Sebastian ariel connection and resultant touchdown and extra point, putting momentum in a Blue and White uniform. Campbell County began to have Ryle Raider flashbacks, actually fumbling the on-sides kick giving the Pioneers a chance at the football and field position at the Camel 40, but the home team dodged that bullet by coming up with the pigskin after a lenghty unpiling process.

The Camels survived two more Pioneer possessions and held on a late game fourth down play to advance the Camels to 5-2 on the season and more importantly 3-1 in the hotly contested AAAA district race.

Brown was 8 of 13 on the night for 124 yards and three touchdown passes.
Campbell County will take on Boone County in Florence next Friday night and have Dixie and Holmes remaining on their regular season schedule.
The Pioneers have the momentus task of taking on the AAAA leader, Ryle next week and then finish up with Conner and Scott.

Congratulations to Scott who last night shut out Holmes 21-zip after giving Campbell County all they wanted for three quarters last week in Alexandria.
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