The Camden County Wildcats brought a crowd and were ready for their first game in the Georgia Dome since winning the state championship in 2009 in the building. 2009 also marked the last time the Wildcats have played in the historic Corky Kell Classic, which was held for the 21st consecutive season. The Wildcats got off to a solid start but missed a field goal on their opening possession. That would be all that went wrong for the Wildcats in a 42-0 win over Peachtree Ridge.
Peachtree Ridge mistakes would open the door for Camden County as they mishandled a punt giving Camden excellent field position which ended with an Antonio Wimbush 3-yard touchdown run. After the Lions put together a drive they would miss a 40-yard field goal, Camden came right back scoring on a Jacob Johnson 19-yard touchdown run and a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. From that point the rout was on as Peachtree Ridge had no answers.
Georgia commitments Brice Ramsey and JJ Green hooked up on a touchdown pass from 34 yards out as Green made a circus catch as he bobbled the ball before catching it falling into the end zone making it 21-0 in the second. Green finished with over 120 all-purpose yards. Peachtree Ridge again would move down the field but again the drive ended with a missed field goal attempt of 27-yards.
“I think we played pretty well, we came out here and executed almost every play. Coach [Jeff Herron] said he wanted us to come out and prove a point to the state of Georgia and prove a point to Atlanta that they can’t play with us so we came out here and did it to them”, Green said afterwards.
In the opening moments of the third quarter “The Ridge” was moving until Camden County’s Kalvarez Bessent returned an interception 48 yards for a touchdown and a 28-0 Wildcat lead. The boys from Kingsland would continue to pour on their “Royal Treatment” in the third quarter after that. Ramsey hit Conner Lockhart on an 8-yard TD pass making it 35-0 with 4:38 left and later on third down he hit Marcus Jordan for a 61-yard touchdown strike for the final margin. Ramsey on the night was 6-8 for 134 yards through the air. The fourth quarter was played with a running clock as the margin was greater than 30 points entering the fourth quarter.
“We seemed to be pretty focused and we came out and started real well offensively and anytime you can get a shutout that is a huge deal. We improved a lot from last week [noting their scrimmage against South Cobb] and if we can continue to do that then we got a chance to be pretty good”, Camden County Head Coach Jeff Herron said.
The Wildcats will open their 2012 home schedule next week entertaining Ocala Vanguard (FL) marking their fifth consecutive season playing a school from Florida. Camden is 4-1 in games against Florida schools the previous four seasons, losing only to nationally respected St. Thomas Aquinas. Herron weighed in briefly on their next opponent.
“They are very talented and have great athletes and the coach [Alex Castaneda]that has come in there has done a very good job and they are a pretty good football team, we’ll have our hands full”, Herron said.
Vanguard is not a nationally respected team however they lost in the Florida 6A quarterfinals last season and are the early pick to contend with Gainesville for the district title this season. Vanguard defeated Forest in a jamboree classic on Friday 21-0 racking up 205 total yards of offense with running back Tyronte Files finishing over 100 yards rushing playing only a half.
The squads will meet Friday August 31st at Chris Gillman Stadium in Kingsland at 7:30pm EST.