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Camden County (GA) Post School Record 91 Points In Victory

It was Friday the 13th and well it was a nightmare for Beach (GA) High School out of Savannah, GA on their trip down I-95 to Kingsland, GA to take on the Camden County Wildcats. When the dusted settled Camden County would walk away with a 91-6 win over Beach.

Camden County (2-1), a run oriented team, led 42-0 at the half and pulled their varsity for the second half. The JV and 9th graders would out do the varsity by putting up 49 points in the second half. Camden County racked up a modest, considering the final score, 321 yards on the ground and passed for 121-their most of the season.

All of Camden County's team go in on the record-setting 91 points scored vs Beach.
All of Camden County’s team got in on the record-setting 91 points scored vs Beach.

Alabama commits Kalvarez Bessent and Chris Williams caught touchdown passes and each had interceptions while Williams took one back for a touchdown. The Wildcats finished the night with 15 ball carriers with none going for more than 50 yards for the day. Williams and Johnson finished with 41 yards on three carries each.

Beach was only able to muster 85 yards of total offense, 57 coming on one run in the 4th quarter under the mercy rule of a running clock. At halftime Beach had -7 yards of total offense.

Camden County will have next week off before opening region play at home against Valdosta. Camden head coach Welton Coffey was an assistant at Valdosta prior to coming to Camden County in 2006. Beach (0-3) has only scored 12 points in their first three games, will regroup and open region play hosting Region 1-3A opponent Pierce Co. (3-0) next week.


North Gwinnett Soundly Defeats Camden County To Open Season

North Gwinnett and Camden County were squaring off for the second time in history and the Bulldogs evened the all-time series 1-1 after a commanding 34-14 victory over the Wildcats in the season opener. Camden County was opening a new era under first-year head coach Welton Coffey who lead Raines (FL) to a state title in 1997 as the head sideline boss and spent time on the staff at Valdosta prior to coming to Camden County in 2006.

The Wildcats broke out in front on a 37-yard touchdown run by Antiono Wimbush for a 7-0 lead capping a 64-yard drive set up by an interception on North Gwinnett’s second play. North Gwinnett would come right down the field led by first-time starting senior quarterback Hayden Sphire finishing a 58-yard drive with a 7-yard touchdown pass to Nate Brown to even the game at 7-7.

“I was really pleased with the way Hayden [Sphire] bounced back from [the early interception], they did a great job in their coverage, they disguised they jumped into underneath man coverage at the last second, they baited him into a throw and he put it right behind him and went right back out and ran the offense,” head coach Bob Sphire said.

CJ Leggett then capped a 47-yard drive with a 7-yard touchdown run to give North Gwinnett a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter. Leggett finished with 140 yards rushing and a touchdown on 12 totes for a 6.0 yard average leading the Bulldogs ground attack that put up 189 yards.

Camden County would hang momentarily as sophomore Harrison Poole ripped off a 60-yard touchdown 19 seconds later to knot it at 14-all with 11:06 left in the second quarter. Poole lead Camden County with 136 yards on 12 carries and the touchdown. That would be it for the boys from Kingsland as North Gwinnett would seize control the rest of the way.

“The game is four quarters and you can’t let up at any time and you got to play with a certain level of emotion and excitement throughout the entire game especially on the defensive side of the ball,” Camden head coach Welton Coffey stated.

Sphire hit Caleb Scott on a 21-yard touchdown pass making it 21-14 and Wesley Edwards raced 36 yards to set up an 18-yard field goal by Michel D’Angola as the half ended giving North Gwinnett a 24-14 lead at the break.

North Gwinnett continued to pour it on scoring on their opening two possession of the third quarter on a 40-yard D’Angola field goal and a 10-yard touchdown pass from Spire to Brown for the 34-14 margin that would hold until the final horn. Hayden Sphire, the son of head coach Bob Sphire, finished 15-27 206 yards 3TD 2INT while Brown led a deadly corp of receivers with 4 receptions 74 yards 2TDs. Despite two early turnovers and a third ending a drive inside the twenty in the third quarter, North Gwinnett racked up 395 yards of offense.

“I’m sure we can find some things on the video that we can do a whole lot better,” Bob Sphire said afterwards. “I’m pleased in three areas. Number one our kicking game was outstanding, anytime your good in the kicking game it gives you a chance to set the table. Number two I was really pleased with the new offensive line and the cohesiveness they showed and number three I thought our defense executed and was patient and adjusted and really played sound assignment football, you play well in those areas and you got a chance to have a pretty good night.”

For Camden County it’s back to the drawing board after suffering their worst margin of defeat loss since 2006 in a second round playoff lost to Warner Robins. The Wildcats were 1-6 passing for one yard and had 248 total yards of offense but were hit with 11 penalties for 113 yards.

“We didn’t execute well and I though we were undisciplined. We had a number of flags and that’s not characteristic of us. I don’t squabble about referees or anything like that we just didn’t get it done,” Coffey said. “You learn from this, you get out on the film you get out there and work, let them see it and you go on from there. We’ve got to get these young inexperienced guys experience and ready to go.”

For the Wildcats that will come next Friday against Baker County (FL) at home while North Gwinnett will travel to Grayson.

High School Football Scrimmage Action

The High School Football season is upon us even if it is more than a week away from officially starting around the region, a region where the weather in August has been historically kind. Before all the “classic” game action and bevy of TV games hits us in a week or so, reps and experience against live competition is underway via scrimmage action. It’s that time when booster clubs slowly begin to ramp it up because they support a team/school/program that may have a shot at winning a state title.

Here are some results and notes from scrimmages held on Friday.

High School Football
High School Football

North Gwinnett 9 Stephenson 7: Stephenson’s defense was swarming to the ball most of the night but the North Gwinnett defense struck first scoring on a short fumble return for a touchdown when Bobby Young stripped the running back and scored.

Lovejoy 27 Peachtree Ridge 21: Lovejoy amassed 330 yards of offense in only two quarters. Junior Wide Receiver Preston Williams caught two touchdowns. Williams missed all of last season with a hip injury after having a productive summer on the 7-on-7 circuits.

Tucker 24 Marist 3: Dominic Sanders scored three touchdowns for Tucker including 71-yard TD run in the first quarter.

Byrnes (SC) 42 Erwin (NC) 26: Byrnes’ Shaedon Meadors had a 42yd touchdown reception and running back Isaiah Hill scored a 52-yard touchdown on a screen play.

Buford 47 Berkmar 0: Buford did well in the tune up and Berkmar will take morale victories and seek to improve as they play in the rugged Region 8-6A in Georgia. Buford plays in Class 3A.

Camden County 40 Milton 7: Harrison Poole scored touchdowns of 42 and 80 yards, he is a sophomore. Junior Antonio Wimbush scored on an 80-yard touchdown and recorded a sack. Ryan Johnson returned a punt 53-yards for a touchdown and Wimbush had a punt return over 30-odd yards as well. Camden threw the ball more than a couple of times meaning, it’s in their playbook, they’ll decide when to pull it out. Treyvon Paulk of Milton may have went over 70 yards on the ground but that is not official.

Gainesville (GA) 28 Grayson (GA) 27: Highly-touted and Clemson commit QB Deshaun Watson passed for 132 yards and 2 touchdowns. Aares McCall led Grayson on the ground with over 100 yards. Grayson scored a defensive touchdown in the game.

Valdosta 7 Ware County 6: Quarterback? Valdosta trailed 6-0 in the middle of the 4th quarter to the Georgia 2012 5A runner-up Ware County Gators before ending a drive, led by quarterback Jacob McMillan, in the end zone. Valdosta is searching for a quarterback since starter Cole Massengill went down with a season-ending injury in practice earlier this month.

Cedar Shoals 35 Oconee County 21: Senior QB Darius Jordan threw 4 TD passes for Cedar Shoals. Breon Mitchell had 2 scores, Tyler Hitchcock, Sam Hemphill and Ryan Huff also scored touchdowns.

Other scores of interest:
Mauldin (SC) 21 Greenville (SC) 14
Coffee County (GA) 21 Cook (GA) 7
Lowndes 41 Thomasville 0
Jacksonville (FL) 12 Brunswick (GA) 0
Walton 33 South Cobb 7
Hart County 44 Habersham Central 17
Gaffney (SC) 36 Woodruff (SC) 35
Mill Creek 20 Parkview 13
Hiram 26 Harrison 21
B.T. Washington (GA) 41 Douglass (GA) 0

Camden County Drops Peachtree Ridge 42-0; Focus Shifts To Vanguard

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.

Camden County’s J.J. Green Gives UGA Verbal.

J.J. Green has been doing it in Kingsland, Ga since he was a freshmen. Freshmen normally don’t start for Jeff Herron at the Wing-T powerhouse on the Georgia Coast, Camden County. You have freshmen and then you have J.J. Green. Chris Gillman Stadium is a spectacle in itself with tailgating and all as you arrive on the campus. However when J.J. Green crosses the goal line in his chosen fashion, rather via run, pass, return or kick return, it really lights up.

J.J. Green scores on a 10 yard run vs Windsor Forest in 2010.

Miami Central was in town one night a year after Camden County won their last 5A State Championship (footnote: Miami Central will play at 5A 2011 Champion Grayson in 2012-Grayson is now in 6A) loaded with talent, man could Cato throw the football-heck the Rockets can play! J.J. Green however could return kicks and when he broke wide open down the left side you kinda knew this sophomore was the deal, why, because he was simply picking up where he left off as a freshman against a nationally respected out-of-state football team.

Green announced this week that he was going to attend the University of Georgia. For the Mr. All-Everything there is no telling where and what he will do for the Bulldog football team.

Green told Kipp Adams…

“I just committed to the University of Georgia,” Green said Monday afternoon. “I told Coach Richt, and he smiled and gave me a big hug.”

Hines Ward was the last that stepped in and did everything to win, is JJ Green that? Jacquez Green got the better of Hines in their Cocktail Party get-together. Hines was football, Jacquez was football and flare you had to have loved it. So now the nephew of Jacquez is going to be wearing silver britches just south of home in Jacksonville for a Cocktail Party get-together…aaaah man come it’s gonna fun coming up soon.

Wait hold up… there is still 2012 to play wake up… J.J. Green gets to rock Camden County Blue one more time for a shot at a 6A State Championship, could a South Georgia school such as Camden County claim the first ever 6A championship in Georgia? Region 1 pretty thick folks. Starting QB Brice Ramsey who is going to Georgia as well, will be back tossing it around to J.J. Green while kicking 50-odd yard field goals. Just watch those two-point conversions.

More on J.J. Green in the future, until then take a look at #5…