KINGSLAND — Fans got their first look Tuesday at what Camden County football will look like with new head coach Bob Sphire on the sideline.
The Wildcats spent much of the first half trying to work the kinks out of the new spread offense against next door neighbor Charlton County.
Charlton quarterback A.J. Bell led the Indians to a 6-0 lead in the first quarter on a drive that began at midfield. Bell faked a punt from the 46-yard line and ran the ball 29 yards to the 17-yard line. Eric Daniels ran the ball in for a touchdown on the next play for the Indians’ only lead of the game despite outplaying Camden from much of the time.
Camden mounted its first scoring drive off a Charlton fumble at the 34-yard line with less than four minutes remaining in the half on a 23-yard reception by Logan Berryhill.
The teams traded possessions to start the third quarter before Camden started a drive on the Indians 30-yard line after a fumbled punt. Four plays later, Berryhill caught a 24-yard touchdown pass to give Camden a 14-6 lead.
Camden played several quarterbacks during the scrimmage with varying success in what is planned to be a pass-heavy offense.
The teams traded possessions again before Camden drove the ball from midfield to inside the 20 yard and converted a field goal for a 17-6 lead.
The coaches agreed to turn off the scoreboard and clock for the fourth quarter to work on offensive and defensive plays.
After the scrimmage, Camden Coach Bob Sphire had both teams huddle together for a prayer. Afterword, he complimented Charlton County Coach Rich McWhorter and the Indians’ football team.
“You are going to have a great fall,” he told the team. “You have the makings of a great football team.”