CAMDEN - In a battle of unbeaten teams, it was the Camden Fairview Cardinals that were able to outlast the White Hall Bulldogs at Cardinal Stadium, winning the 5A-South contest 39-7.
The win improves Camden Fairview, ranked No. 1 in Class 5A, to 5-0 on the season, and 2-0 in conference play. It was the Cardinals’ 19th straight win overall, and 28th straight conference win. White Hall falls to 4-1 overall, and 1-1 in the 5A-South.
White Hall jumped on the Cardinals early, scoring on the second play from scrimmage when Daniel Sprinkle completed a halfback pass to Kassem Smith for 79 yards and a touchdown.
But Camden Fairview’s defense shut the Bulldogs down from there, holding them to less than 200 yards offense for the rest of the night. Camden Fairview was able to quickly respond with a six-play, 82-yard scoring drive when DaMarea Crockett scored from 4 yards out, but a missed extra point left White Hall in front 7-6 with 9:18 left in the first quarter.
The two teams then traded punts, with Matthew Ollison rolling one down to the White Hall 1-yard line. The Bulldogs’ Kendrick Edgerson fumbled on the very next play, and the Cardinals took over on the Bulldog seven. Deion Holliman ran in to the end zone one play later to push Camden Fairview’s lead to 12-7.
Holliman then pushed the Cardinals lead to 18-7 when he fielded a Bulldog punt at the 50, and bobbled and weaved his way through the defense until he hit the home sideline and scored. Camden Fairview continued to struggle with extra points, however, and leaving the lead at 11.
Neither team scored in the second quarter as CF’s defense forced two more White Hall punts, and the Cardinals turned the ball over on downs at the Bulldog 27 and 21. White Hall then surprised the Cards with a successful onside kick to start the third quarter, but the visitors turned the ball over on downs at the CF 34.
White Hall missed its best opportunity to get back into the game when the Cardinals turned the ball over on a backwards pass that was recovered by the Bulldogs, taking over at the CF 29. White Hall was able to make it down to the CF 5-yard line, but turned the ball over on downs there, and Camden Fairview scored eight plays later when D.J. Franklin punched it in from four yards out to give the Cardinals a 24-7 lead.
Crockett added another touchdown from four yards out, while Franklin scored again late, from 18 yards out, to se the final score. The Cardinals finished with 292 yard rushing and 202 yards passing for 494 yards of total offense, while White Hall was held to 53 yards rushing and 123 yards passing for a total offense of 176.
Matthew Ollison finished 11 of 18 for 202 yard passing for the Cardinals, completing five passes to Cornelius Page for 90 yards. Crockett finished with 117 yards on 21 carries, while Franklin had 90 yards on 10 carries.
White Hall’s Kirk Baugh finished 5 of 18 passing for 44 yards. Smith finished with five catches for 117 yards including the 79-yarder from Sprinkle. Edgerson was held to 38 yards on 19 carries.