Third Quarter Breakdown Drops Dragons

After crushing their previous two opponents 105-0, the Cameron High School Dragon Football Team found itself on the receiving end of a 42-22 blowout to the St. Pius X Warriors.

Trailing 13-6 at halftime, the Warriors opened up a third-quarter salvo with a 90-yard kickoff return, a 78-yard pick-6, then a 54-yard bomb to distance themselves from the Dragons and handing Cameron its first loss of the season while dropping them to 0-1 in the Midland Empire Conference.

“That’s a great football team we played. They are much, much more improved from last year – as we are,” Cameron coach Jeff Wallace said. “We had a couple of errors that gave them 14 points and that made it tough to come back from. What I love about our boys is they didn’t quit. It would have been very easy in that game to say ‘Eh, let’s just move on to Chillicothe,’ but they wouldn’t do it.”

The Dragons struggled on offense early, but senior quarterback Ty Campbell found an opening on an option-read to the 6-yard line, eventually setting up a 1-yard TD run by sophomore running back Kaydan Brown - tying the game 6-6. Cameron’s offensive struggles continued through the second quarter and the third quarter. Campbell eventually orchestrated a pair of successful drives, but not enough to bring the Dragons back into contention.

“When we started subbing players out, I thought, this is on me. The players look up to me whether I like it or not,” said Campbell, who played a part in both of Cameron’s second-half scores with a 12-yard run and a 15-yard pass to Speer. “I have to do better so the team can do better. This one will sting because the past two years it has been a close game. Going into Chillicothe, it’s going to be a faceless objective. It’s just another week and another team.”

The Dragons cannot let the loss linger for long, as the travel to arch-rival Chillicothe next Friday. Cameron looks to avenge an 42-25 loss last season, after the Hornets seemed unstoppable with 374 rushing yards. Although struggling to stop the rush last Friday after giving up 297 yards on the ground, Cameron senior defensive lineman Wyatt Burnett remains confident the Dragons will even their MEC record.

“We definitely need to work on tackling this week. Every mistake we made this week is fixable. We’ll fix them, come back next week and shut Chillicothe down,” Burnett said.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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