Wildcats nearly stun Cardinals

CAMDEN — The Camden Fairview Cardinals got their first big challenge in the last regular game Friday night, as the Cardinals had to hold off a stiff challenge from the Watson Chapel Wildcats to win 21-13.

Camden Fairview took control of the game early, as Matthew Ollison hit Braxton Hoof with a 15-yard touchdown pass with 9:14 left in the first quarter. The CF defense then forced a Wildcat punt, but the kick was fumbled away and Chapel scored a few plays later when Jordan Stargell hauled in a 40-yard touchdown pass from SanAntonio Cole. The PAT kick was blocked, however, leaving the Cardinals in front 7-6.

Watson Chapel later faked a field-goal attempt, with Kris McCullough passing to Cameron Banks from 7 yards out. Corey Baxter kicked the PAT, and Camden Fairview trailed for the first time all season, 13-7.

The Cardinals didn’t stay down long, driving 75 yards to score with 2:04 left in the half with Jamie Smith running in from 16 yards out. Aaron Wynn’s PAT put the Redbirds up 14-13.

Devonte Battles then returned the ensuing kickoff all the way back to the CF 6-yard line, with junior Keyondre Jones making a touchdown saving tackle for Camden Fairview. That play turned out to be huge, as the Cardinals made a goal-line stand from the 4, preserving their one-point lead at intermission.

Watson Chapel got the ball to start the second half but fumbled it away, and Camden Fairview scored with 10:01 left in the third when Jerry Moorehead punched in a 7-yard run push the Cardinals’ lead to eight.

That would prove to be the final points of the contest, as Camden Fairview made a pair of defensive stands deep in its territory late in the game, and missed a field goal which could have increased their lead.

The Cardinals finished with 376 yards in offense, including 202 yards rushing with 18 first downs.

Smith rushed for 155 yards on 23 carries, while Ollison was 14 of 20 passing for 174 yards. Moorehead caught seven passes for 94 yards.

Watson Chapel was held to 89 yards rushing, with Battles getting 74 yards on 12 carries. Stargell caught two passes for 51 yards.