Cameron Dragon Defeat Hundred
CAMERON – With flooding wiping out their field and taking most of their equipment, Hundred’s football team has suffered through a rough summer and beginning to its 2017 season.
Just two games into the regular season, the Hornets are a team with a limited number of players and resources, but a team that shows up ready to battle. Friday night, Coach Shane Minor’s 14-member squad ran into another buzzsaw, and again was its own worst enemy early on with turnovers.
Cameron scored 56 points in the first half, racking up 285 yards on 17 plays, with senior quarterback Colby Brown completing his only six passes for 174 yards and four scores and the Dragons rolled to a convincing 62-22 victory over Hundred at Dragon Stadium.
Coach Scott Holt’s team celebrated the season-opener early and often, and in a show of sportsmanship took a knee on every two-point conversion attempt from the fifth touchdown on.
Without running an offensive play, the Dragons put up a pair of touchdowns just 2:39 into the contest. On quarterback Logan Norris’ first pass attempt, Robert Milliken intercepted and raced 32 yards into the end zone with Andrew Ritchea’s two-point run making it 8-0.
Things didn’t get any better for Hundred on its next possession as the Hornets drive again ended with Cameron celebrating a defensive score. Trey Scott returned Norris’ second pass attempt 45 yards on the interception 50 seconds later with Colby Brown hitting Trin Scott with the conversion to make it 16-0.
After Norris was intercepted a third time, the Dragons needed three plays to add to the lead with Brown’s 4-yard toss to Trey Scott and another two-point try upping the mark to 24-0.
Andrew Ritchea, senior Travis Mickey and Milliken all added touchdowns before the first quarter had ended.
In all the Hornets turned the ball over five times and Cameron scored six touchdowns in the initial seven minutes of the contest The Dragons ran just six offensive plays, as the margin grew to 44-0 in the opening quarter.
The Dragons’ next touchdown was a little more of a celebration as Brown found sophomore Noah Neely for a 61-yard gain to the Hornets’ one, before completing the short drive with a one-yard strike to Neely to make it 50-0. Cameron spent most of the night honoring longtime booster, coach and fan Bob Neely, who passed away this
summer and was Noah’s grandfather.
Backup running back Mason Casto-Miller added a 7-yard scoring burst later in the second period for the Dragons.
Hundred finally dented the scoreboard with a 33-yard bomb from Norris to Skylar Goff late in the first half that made it a 56-6 count.
Sophomore quarterback Jessop Broughton’s 11-yard run provided Cameron’s only points of the second half. Norris added a nine-yard run and a 19-yard scoring pass to Goff, with Timothy White scoring both two-point conversions, in the fourth quarter.
“The message that I gave the kids after the game was that we did what we were supposed to do, at least in our minds,” Holt said. “Actually, the best part of games like this is that we put ourselves at this level for them to end like that.
“I think the kids would probably tell you that they are happy to let off some tension and hit another team. This was a great start for us, especially in that we got to play a lot of kids.”
As for next week’s trip to Pine Grove to take on rival Valley, Holt knows that his team will need to be in a different mindset. “We know Valley is up in seven days and we as a coaching staff know that if it weren’t for a few injuries to their players last year that game might have been a lot tougher than it was,” Holt said. “There is no question that is going to be a tough game and we have no sense of false confidence coming out of this one.”
Hundred quarterback Logan Norris connected on three passes and two TD’s, while Skylar Goff caught two for 52-yards and two touchdowns.
Hunter Bartrug caught the other pass for five yards. Rushing, the Hornets accounted for 82 yards and a score, with Norris scoring a TD had 24-yards, while Tim White added 22-yards, and Goff 44-yards.
Hundred had nine first downs, to Cameron’s 10. The Hornets also didn’t commit a penalty, while Cameron was caught four times for 35 lost yards.
The Hornets will travel to Beallsville Friday night at 7 p.m and will look to stop a 40-game losing streak.
(Bruce Crawford contributed to this story.)