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Lowndes vs. Camden -- Game Report
Dominating #1 state ranked Camden County for four quarters, the Vikings defeated the 'Cats 30-0 in front of legions of Lowndes fans. The win propelled the Vikings into the State Championship against Parkview. Lowndes drove deep on the ground, totalling over 360 rushing yards on the night. The defense earned their sixth shutout of the year, against a team that was ranked eighth in the nation by USA Today.

Camden’s defense forced Lowndes to punt on their opening drive, ending the Vikings’ 13-game streak of scoring on their opening possession. The Viking defense got the ball back quickly, holding the Wildcats to 3-and-out. Lowndes then stunned Camden with a 45-yard pass to B.J. Wright. To finish off the drive, the offensive line blasted a hole for Lynn Williams to slip through for the 9-yard touchdown.

The Vikings had the ball to start the second quarter, but had to punt it away to the ‘Cats. When Camden was forced to punt back, controversy struck. One referee originally called that Doug Belk had touched the ball before Camden fell on the ball on the LHS one-yard line. However, the call was reversed, giving the Vikings the ball deep in their own territory. Lowndes couldn’t capitalize on that drive, but the defense rose to the occasion. Wright pressured Camden quarterback Ben Greer causing him to fumble. Pat Bradley pounced on the ball, giving Lowndes possession on the Camden 39. Doug Belk dumped a quick pass out to Williams, who ran 25 yards downfield. After a 15-yard facemask penalty, Williams capped off the drive with a 3-yard touchdown.

Lowndes got the ball back with under a minute remaining in the first half. Williams dashed off a 54-yard run down the sideline, making it all the way to the 6-yard line. On third down with 10 seconds to go, Lowndes attempted a fake field goal, but a Camden defender knocked away Belk’s pass to the end zone. Schimdt then kicked a 20-yard field goal to finish off the half.

On the Vikings’ first possession of the second half, Lowndes continued their ground attack. Williams ripped a 34-yard run through the Camden defense, and Marlon Jones ended the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run. Camden threatened to score mid-way through the third, but Tavarus Carter’s interception on the 7 killed the Camden drive.

The fourth quarter featured a Lowndes clock-killing 80-yard drive. With Coach McPherson freely substituting, the Vikings marched steadily downfield with Stanley Dixon putting up the final points with a 3-yard touchdown run with 16 seconds left in the game. The PAT went wide, leaving Lowndes with a 30-0 win.

The Vikings had twenty-one first downs on the night, while Camden only moved the chains three times. The ‘Cats moved the ball 103 yards, while Lowndes totaled 454 yards at the Dome. Williams was unstoppable with 144 yards on 15 carries, and Octavious Everett and Marlon Jones also had great nights, running for 82 and 71 yards respectively. This Saturday the Vikings will face off against Parkview in the AAAAA State Championship.


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