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Lebanon Not To Be Denied In Match With 2-0 Camels
9/3/2005 - by Dave Schabell
The Campbell County Camels' bid to become the first team since 1994 to open the season with three consecutive victories came up short Friday night at Bob Miller Stadium full of Camel fans on hand seeking lightning in a bottle.

Campbell had defeated Bourbon County in a 58-0 laugher to kick off Coach Troy Styer's inaugural season as Camel mentor, and then proved that it was no fluke by defeating the senior laden West Jessamine Colts 27-14 one week later.

Lebanon came into the contest licking their wounds from a 31-9 thumping a week earlier by Lakota East, the fifth ranked team in Greater Cincinnati. For the first quarter it appeared to be a pitchers battle with the entire period played within the twenties, and it wouldn't be until the 4:38 mark in the second stanza that Joey Hutchens would put the Camels on the board with a 36 yard field goal. At the time those 3 points looked huge on the board for the home team, whose defense to that point had stymied the Warriors from the home of Cash Amburgy's Bargain Barn.

If you left your seat at that point to beat the rush at the concession stand at halftime you missed the most offensive action that would take place in the contest and a valient final seconds march by the Camels culminating in another Hutchens field goal - this one from 41 yards out.

Following the initial Camel Field Goal, Tyquan Davis-Jackson returned the Camel kickoff from the 8 yard line back to mid-field where Senior QB Shaun Addison would orchrastrate a Lebanon touchdown drive in three plays, putting the visitors on top 7-3 following the PAT by left-footed kicker Brent Francis. Campbell was buried deep in their own territory with 1:34 remianing in the half the Camels realized their worst nightmare when an Andy Franzen punt was blocked leaving the Warriors to set up shop on the Camel twenty yard line with over a minute to score and three time-outs to aid and abet their scoring effort. A twenty-yard pass play from Addison to Rocky Brown sealed the deal, and the Camels who had led 3-0 just minutes prior, were now looking at a 13-3 deficit following the missed PAT.

The Camels who could have gotten their heads down and run out the clock, seeking the solace of the locker-room at halftime showed some true character by marching down the field with just seconds to play in the half, setting up Houchens for his 41yard field-goal heroics and giving the Camels some semblance of momentum at the break trailing 13-6.

The second half saw the Lebanon Warriors emerge from the break, by overcoming several 1st and 15s and 2nd and 20s, tacking 6 more points on the board, enjoying a 19-6 bulge following a faked PAT which resulted in an incompleted pass, keeping the Camels within two possessions. That would complete the scoring for the third quarter as neither team could muster a serious threat. The bigger, stronger, more veteran Warriors would extend their lead to 25-6 early in the fourth period, despite a brilliant goal line stand by Campbell County, requiring the Warriors four attempts from the one before finding pay-dirt on fourth and goal. Campbell County would round out the scoring in the contest late in the game on a Steve Brown 12-yard keeper, sustaining their first loss of the young season 25-12.

This game should serve notice that the Camels will have to be reckoned with in the AAAA race in Northern Kentucky. The Camels will take a week off in preparation for the beginning of the AAAA wars on September 16 when they invade Ryle.
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