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Offense beats offense as Camden-Frontier propels itself to the division’s top spot

If Camden-Frontier can continue to put up these kinds of offensive numbers, they might not have to play a whole lot of defense to win an SCAA Division II title.

The Redskins totaled 483 yards of offense, the tandem of Kurtis Tyler to Brady Nusbaum was on target per usual and they held off a stubborn Terriers team in a 54-38 win at Litchfield Friday.

The Redskins scored 20 points in each of the first two quarters and they took advantage of three turnovers to move to 2-0 (2-1 overall) in division play, good for a tie for first with North Adams-Jerome.

“It’s great. Every day we come to work and everybody does everything they can, we’ve had no problems, everybody wants to win. The way they’ve come together is awesome,” first-year head coach Scott Campbell said. “Win or lose next week at (Climax-Scotts) all of our goals are still set, things are good right now and we’ve got a chance next week because our offense is tough.”

Coming into the contest Nusbaum led the area in receiving and his seven receptions for 157 yards and a score were  nothing out of the ordinary. He also added an 80-plus yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the final quarter.

One of his scores was a 66-yard strike down the sidelines and he had several acrobatic catches that even his own head coach couldn’t explain.

“He’s great, he just goes after the ball, he wants the ball,” Campbell said of Nusbaum. “I don’t know how to describe it, he’s just a real good player.”

Tyler was 16-for-26 for 292 yards and three touchdowns, showing off his escapability as well as plenty of pocket presence. He also ran for 29 yards and two scores.

Campbell said Nusbaum and Tyler are great examples of the hard work his team has been putting in.

“We just work on it everyday in practice, we do (the offensive skeleton everyday), we team offense everyday and they’ve played together for three years…so they know each other, they know the emotions of each other,” he said. “I couldn’t get luckier than coming into a team like this right now.”

Dan Nye added 87 yards and two scores on the ground and Jake Jividen tallied 66 yards and a TD.

The Terriers (0-3, 0-2) kept fighting all night long, but trailed by two touchdowns most of the way.

They cut the gap to 30-40 with 11:53 remaining on a 30-yard TD pass from Jordon Fox to Jeremy Cornish. But after forcing a Redskins’ turnover-on-downs, they lost a fumble that deflated them.

Terriers head coach Mike Granger said he was proud of the resiliency his team showed, it was just too little too late.

“We’ve got to play four full quarters. I mean deep down inside I know we should be 3-0 and the kids know they should be 3-0, but that’s just how football is,” he said. “For a small school like us, we have to limit our mistakes — the mental mistakes we’ve got to limit.”

Some highlights on offense for the Terriers included a 43-yard TD pass from Fox to Brayton Prater, a 67-yard Michael Henley touchdown run and a 51-yard run for a score from Jeremy Cornish off the option.

“You would think if you score 38 points you win the ball game,” Granger said, but he admitted his defense just couldn’t contain the Redskins attack. “We’ve never seen a spread though, I’ve never seen a spread…we made adjustments, it’s just too bad we couldn’t make (them) earlier.”

It also didn’t help that Litchfield missed five of their six two-point conversion attempts.

Fox played a courageous 48 minutes on both sides of the ball, and while his two interceptions hurt, he was 8-for-16 for 178 yards.

Cornish had three catches for 57 yards.

Henley finished with 90 yards rushing and Fox had 59.

“It just comes down to execution and making sure everybody does their job until the whistle stops, really that’s it,” Granger said.


About rjwalters

I am what you think I am — a journalist. Actually when I was hired at my current job, which by the way is Sports Editor of the Hillsdale Daily News in Hillsdale, Mich., I applied for a position titled "Wordsmith", so at my best I'll call myself a writer attempting to be a wordsmith extraordinaire.


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