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CAMDEN – Andrew Jackson fell to Camden, 34-10 in its final non-conference game of the 2011 AJ season.
Camden, 2-3, improved its series record to 17-5 against the pesky Vols.
Camden converted two AJ second-half turnovers into 10 points en route to the 24-point win.
The Bulldogs opened the scoring with a 13-play, 86-yard drive, capped by a 25-yard Josh Council to Cedrick Cook TD pass at the 5:35 mark of the first period.
The Vols responded with a 22-play drive culminating with a 39-yard Brett Lucas field goal, cutting the lead to 7-3 at the eight-minute mark in the first quarter.
Not to be outdone, Camden was forced to kick a 24-yard field goal after the AJ defense turned away the Bulldogs three times inside the five-yard line.
CHS led 10-3 with 3:03 left in the half as Jake Ansley booted the field goal.
After an AJ three-and-out, CHS covered 73 yards in four plays to up its lead to 17-3 with a little over a minute left in the half.
Council threw 49 yards to Jerel Holloman for the touchdown and Ansley added the extra point with 1:25 left in the half.
The Volunteers battled back and marched 56 yards in nine plays to slice the CHS lead to 17-10.
The drive was kept alive by a roughing the kicker penalty at the CHS 44.
Five plays later, AJ quarterback Ryan Phillips connected with Bobby Delly from 14 yards out for the touchdown with just 17 ticks left in the half.
A key play in the drive was a tremendous 22-yard reception by Quincy Grier inside the 10-yard line. Tyler Denkins added the extra point.
“That score before the half showed me that our guys were playing like champions,” said AJ coach David Moore. “We could have hung our heads, but we drove the ball down the field to cut the lead to 17-10.”
In the second half, Camden wore down the Vols with a 10-play, 73-yard scoring drive.
Council found Dontrell Miller in the corner of the end zone from four yards to expand the lead to 24-10 with 4:25 left in the third quarter.
After an interception by Bulldog defensive back D.J. Crim, Council threw a 52-yard bomb to Cook again to increase the margin to 31-10. CHS scored 14 points in eight seconds.
The Volunteer defense thwarted another scoring attempt late in the third quarter when William Cunningham recovered a Council fumble at the AJ eight-yard line.
The scoring ended when Ansley booted a 37-yard field goal with 11:55 left.
“Give Camden credit, they came out in the second half and sped up the tempo which wore us down late in the third quarter,” said Moore. “We played with effort, but Camden made some plays in the second half.
“The real season starts next week when region play begins,” added Moore.”We’ll start fresh on Monday.”
Camden running back JoJo Brevard amassed 190 yards rushing on 25 carries.
Bulldog QB Josh Council completed 10-17 passes for 173 yards and three touchdowns.
Cedrick Cook caught five balls for 87 yards and two touchdowns.
Javaris Clyburn paced the AJ offense with 68 rushing yards on 11 attempts. Jonathan Brevard gained 20 yards on five rushes.
Quay Perry added 13 rushing yards on four attempts. Chris White rushed for 10 yards on five carries. Gavin Clyburn added three yards on two carries and Ryan Phillips collected three net yards on three carries.
Quincy Grier led the AJ receiving corps with three catches for 43 yards. Quadarius Fair had two receptions for 13 yards. Bobby Delly’s lone reception was a 14-yard touchdown grab. Wade Eubanks had an eight-yard pass and Cody Ussery caught a three-yard pass.
Ryan Phillips completed seven of 21 passes for 72 yards, including a 14-yard TD. Kolby Whitley was one for five for eight yards.
The Vols finished their non-region slate at 3-2 and host Indian Land next Friday to open Class AA Region IV play.
Indian Land, 5-0 and No. 8 in Class AA football, rolled to a 48-0 homecoming win over North Central on Friday.