The Vanguard Knights will open their 2012 season on the road in a Florida-Georgia tilt as they travel to coastal Georgia to take on the Camden County Wildcats. This marks the second consecutive season the Knights have traveled to Georgia for an out-of-state game. Last season the Knight fell 42-7 to Carrollton, in a game in which head coach Alex Castaneda says provided a ton of growth and experience for his team and program.
“Last season we went up there and had guys that had not even played varsity football, had never played at noon or on turf. This season we know what to expect and we expect more”, Castaneda said.
Vanguard enters the contest unranked in Florida’s Class 6A by the AP. Class 6A in Florida is loaded with plenty of solid programs including Miami Central-who will be playing Grayson (ranked No. 1 in Georgia’s AAAAAA poll) in Georgia Friday night and Armwood who are both ranked nationally and sit 1-2 atop the Florida Class 6A AP state rankings . The Knights were Class 6A District 5 champions last season and are in the same district as No.3 Gainesville, the district favorite this season.
Camden County is coming in off a 42-0 win over Peachtree Ridge last week to begin their season 1-0. The Wildcats have won 3 state championships in Georgia in the past 10 seasons and are loaded with top-tier talent. The Wildcats are currently ranked No. 2 in the Georgia AAAAAA AP poll and are in the Top 25 of several national polls.
“They are a really good team, they are well coached, disciplined and run the Wing-T about as good as you can run it”, Castaneda said about the Wildcats.
“We have to go out and play well and not make mistakes but it concerns me that they will be playing their third game (Camden played South Cobb in a preseason scrimmage) and we’ve only played a half and a couple of minutes”, Castaneda added.