On its first possession of the game the Vanguard Knights looked to be getting off to a great start when Reshard Sweet broke free on a 57-yard run down to the Camden County 12-yard line. That would be the biggest threat for Vanguard as Sweet fumbled two plays later and Camden County recovered it on their own 1-yard line. The Wildcats lined up and went 99 yards in 14 plays taking a 6-0 lead on a 2-yard Marcus Jordan touchdown run, the extra point was no good but Camden has seized the momentum of the game and the rout was on.
Camden County scored 26 unanswered points to start the game before Vanguard would dent the scoreboard off Camden’s lone turnover of the game. After Kalvarez Bessent intercepted Vanguard quarterback Adam Robles at the Camden 2-yard line, the Knights recovered a Camden fumble on the Camden 1-yard line scoring one play later on a Tyronte Files touchdown run making it 26-7 with 7:41 left in the second quarter.
For Camden County it never matter where they started on the field in the game as they had scoring drives of 99, 46, 19, 3, 80, and 1 yards in the first half for a 40-7 halftime lead.
The second half began with more of the same for Camden County as they opened the third quarter with a 59-yard drive scoring on a 52-yard touchdown pass from Brice Ramsey to Connor Lockhart. Vanguard would punt on its possession and Camden would score on a Ryan Johnson 5-yard touchdown run capping an 11-play 42-yard drive for a 53-7 lead at the end of the third quarter. The fourth quarter was played with a running clock and the Knights fell to 0-1 on the young season.
“That Wing-T is just very hard to defend and they run it well. We had a good drive to begin the game and we coughed it up and kind of got down and they went 99 yards for a touchdown”, Vanguard head coach Alex Castaneda said.
Turnovers would plague the Knights in the first half as they committed 4 turnovers on their 8 first half possessions. Vanguard turned the ball over 5 times in the game on 11 possessions with 3 fumbles and 2 interceptions.
“We had 3 quick turnover and gave up a big punt return and that blew it wide open but our kids played hard at the end. We had a bad week of practice and I told the kids if you practice bad you play bad and we played just like we practiced. We’re going to regroup next week, we are humbled right now and should be”, Vanguard coach Alex Castaneda added
Camden County never punted in the game and scored 8 touchdowns on 10 possessions in the game. Brice Ramsey tossed 2 touchdown passes to Kalvarez Bessent and Connor Lockhart while Marcus Jordan, Tyler Rauls, Antonio Wimbush, JJ Green and Ryan Johnson each had touchdown runs behind an effective offensive line led by Mikey Call and Luke Griffis.
Castaneda mentioned some positive signs he saw from his team.
“Kyle [Sandner] and Marcus [Davis] played well along with Deltron Modican and [Wade] Forde and those guys are leaders and they stepped it up. Adam [Robles] had a rough go but had some good passes in his first varsity start and we saw some things with Darren [Macnair], he looked pretty good so we’ll probably have a package with him in there because not only can he throw the ball but he brings a different look with him running the ball”, Castaneda said.
Vanguard will be back in action next week against Marion County rival North Marion, who defeated Trinity Catholic 27-24 in double-overtime.