Griffins struggle in Camden

CAMDEN – Shymeik Corbett’s first touchdown run Friday night, a-20 yarder without interference from Fairfield Central defenders, set the tone for Camden.

Corbett followed up with two more scores in the first half, including a 66-yard TD scamper, and the Bulldogs opened up Region 4-3 A action with a 56-13 victory over the hapless Griffins at Zemp Stadium.

Stephon Gadsden (7) looks settled in the pocket as he makes his throw. | Joe Seibles

We felt like we could play really well, and we challenged them tonight to play some mistake-free football,” said Camden head coach Brian Rimpf, in his first year with the school. “We’ve had great practices all week.”

Corbett finished the night early in the third quarter. He had 103 yards and three scores on just 8 carries.

Corbett wasn’t the only runner for Camden (6-1).

“We’ve got a lot of weapons,” Rimpf said. “It’s a good problem to have, trying to get one ball to all of those guys.”

Camden rushed the ball 29 times for 285 yards through three quarters. The fourth was played with substitutions and with a running clock.

Fairfield Central (2-6, 1-1 Region 4-3A) had just 126 rushing yards on the ground.

“We don’t have what we normally have,” Griffins head coach Demetrius Davis said. “We’re young right now and you can basically tell. We’re a JV football team playing on Friday. But this is going to be good for us though.”

With Camden up 7-0 on Corbett’s first score, the Bulldogs lit up the scoreboard in the second quarter.

Camden forced a turnover on downs late in the first quarter, which set up Javaris Holliday’s 3-yard TD run at the 10:32 mark.

After Rasheed Sutton picked off a Stephon Gadsden pass, Camden worked with a short field. Corbett’s 8-yard TD run with 8:01 left made it 21-0.

A 24-yard Gadsden-to-J.R. Edmonds touchdown connection midway through the second quarter got the Griffins on the board, but Camden kept moving.

Corbett’s 66-yard TD run clinched. Mikah Davis’ 4-yard run made it 35-7.

The Griffins closed the half with Gadsden’s 9-yard TD toss to Christopher Suber.

When Davis rolled into the end zone from 32 yards out early in the third quarter, the Bulldogs’ rout was on.

“That’s a good football team over there,” Davis said of the Bulldogs. “We’ve got our work cut out for us.”

Camden plays at Chester next week, and that game may well decide who will be the conference champion.

Fairfield Central is off next week but plays host to Chester Oct. 19.

A traditional winning program, the Griffins sustained lopsided losses to Johns Creek (Georgia), Lancaster, Blythewood, and Westwood this season. They played competitively in a loss at Newberry, but dominated Calhoun County and Keenan.

“We’re getting a good seasoning,” Davis said. “This game here just got out of hand. We just turned the football over and did some stuff early on that we just couldn’t afford to do. But we’re going to work at it.”

FCHS – 0-13-0-0 — 13

CHS – 7-28-21-0 — 56

First Quarter

CHS – Shymeik Corbett 20 run (Bennett Caldwell kick) 4:02

Second Quarter

CHS – Javaris Holliday 3 run (Caldwell kick) 10:32

CHS – Corbett 8 run (Caldwell kick) 8:01

FCHS – J.R. Edmonds 24 pass from Stephon Gadsden (Edwin Aguilera kick) 6:43

CHS – Corbett 66 run (Caldwell kick) 6:29

CHS – Mikah Davis 4 run (Caldwell kick) 3:01

FCHS – Christopher Super 9 pass from Gadsden (kick failed) :25

Third Quarter

CHS – Davis 32 run (Caldwell kick) 10:12

CHS – Willis Lane 6 run (Caldwell kick) 9:34

CHS – Landon Goodwin 32 run (Caldwell kick) 1:20


TEAM STATS                 FC                        Camden

First Downs                     11                        16

Rushes-Yards                 29-126              31-285

Passing Yards                121                      12

Att-Com-Int                  16-9-1                5-3-1

Fumbles-Lost                2-1                       0-0

Penalties-Yards            11-86                 5-65

Punts-Avg.                     4-31.3                1-64.0


RUSHING: FC: Marcus Alston 2-6, Stephon Gadsden 7-8, C.J. Simmons 4-16, Will Barber 5-28, Christopher Suber 8-67. C: Shymeik Corbett 8-103, Deldrick Jones 5-8, Bryce Jeffcoat 2-29, Mikah Davis 5-51, Davea’ Cauthen 2-16, Javaris Holliday 1-3.

PASSING: FC: Stephon Gadsden 9-16-1-130. C: Bryce Jeffcoat 3-5-1-19.

RECEIVING: FC: Jacob McManus 2-49, Nick Young 1-14, C.J. Simmons 2-11, J.R. Edmonds 2-40, Christopher Suber 1-10. C: Landon Goodwin 1-7, Shymeik Corbett 2-12.

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