By Stephanie Sturgis
Stuffed — Westview linebacker Cody Nanney (left) stops Lion Chase Horton as Justin Burlison rushes in to help with the tackle on a key drive in the fourth quarter. Westview rallied for a 28-27 win over Camden. Photo by Stephanie Sturgis
Camden — The Westview Chargers and Camden Lions went toe-to-toe like a pair of heavyweight boxers on Friday night. The Chargers took some big shots from the host Lions and got knocked back on their heels but recovered and held on for a 28-27 victory to remain undefeated with a record of 5-0.
“I was happy and proud of the way our kids hung in there and never gave up and kept fighting back and trying to make plays,” Westview head coach Don Coady said. “Fortunately, we have a couple of playmakers who can do some things when we need them to.”
Camden’s offense was unstoppable in the first quarter, reaching the end zone three times, but a knee injury suffered by starting quarterback Spencer Berry in the second quarter slowed the Lions. Running back Leon Williams, who scored the first two times he touched the ball, was hampered by an ankle injury in the second quarter.
Camden (3-2) needed only one play, a 59-yard Williams sweep to light the scoreboard. Danny Kim added the PAT kick for a 7-0 lead over Westview with 20 seconds gone off the clock.
A fumble by Brian West on the Chargers’ first snap was recovered by Berry for Camden at the WHS 46-yard line.
Six plays later, Williams romped 15 yards around the left end for the score. Danny Kim booted the kick for a 14-0 Camden lead with 9 minutes still to play in the first quarter.
Westview senior Harrison Moore then ignited the Charger flame with a 93-yard kickoff return. Hyuntae Kim’s kick cut the Lions’ lead in half, 14-7.
A false start flag negated a long Lion pass play, and Camden had to punt for the first time. WHS gained one first down, but soon returned the favor with a punt.
Williams’ 39-yard return gave Camden excellent field position at the Westview 23. On the first snap, Andy Travis followed his blockers to the left sideline and squirted between them for the score. Kim’s kick gave Camden a 21-7 lead with 2:16 remaining in the first quarter.
Westview again stalled on offense and had to punt.
Starting at their own 46 on the final play of a long first quarter, the Lions began what looked to be another scoring drive and a potential knockout blow.
A 26-yard completion from Berry to Travis and an offsides penalty against Westview on 4th-and-5 kept Camden moving. After the flag and a Williams 1-yard run, the Lions had the ball 2nd-and-goal at the 6, but a false start penalty pushed them back to the 11. Now in a passing situation, Berry dropped back in the pocket, but Moore intercepted his pass at the goal line and thwarted the Lions, keeping the Westview deficit at 21-7.
On the Chargers’ first snap, Berry was injured and helped off the field.
After swapping punts, the Chargers started at their own 45. J.C. Griggs had runs of 19 and 8 yards and Moore added a 22-yard keeper on 3rd-and-15. Westview eventually scored from the 2 with 30 seconds left in the half when Buddy Legens lined up at QB and had to spin and stretch to cross the goal line. Hyuntae Kim’s PAT cut the Lion lead to 21-14 at halftime.
On Westview’s second possession of the third quarter, the hard-running of Griggs paid off as he broke through and rumbled 52 yards to paydirt. Hyuntae Kim kicked the point after for a 21-all tie with 6:23 left in the third.
That score stood until the 7:22 mark of the fourth when Camden regained the lead using a 14-play, 89-yard drive. Travis and Horton did much of the work, with Travis scoring on a 10-yard run. It was Camden’s first score since the first quarter. The snap on the PAT was low and Danny Kim’s kick was wide left, leaving the WHS deficit at six points, 27-21.
Westview failed to gain a first down and punted, but the WHS defense also forced a punt.
Taking over at the WHS 34 with 3:29 left to play, Moore twice had to scramble to avoid sacks. After the runs, Coady opted to put a fresher Legens in and the move paid off. The senior raced 42 yards down the sideline to the end zone to knot the score at 27-all with 2:28 remaining. Hyuntae Kim calmly split the uprights with the game-winning point for Westview’s first and only lead, 28-27.
The WHS defense then did its work with a Justin Burlison sack and a forced fumble recovered by Cody Nanney to preserve Westview’s 28-27 win.
“Overall, Camden, start to finish, was a little more physical than us and really out-played us,” Coady said. “They had a great game plan and executed it well.”
Westview 7 7 7 7—28
Camden 21 0 0 6—27
CHS — Leon Williams 59-yard run (Danny Kim kick), 11:10.
CHS — Williams 15-yard run (Kim kick), 9:00.
WHS — Harrison Moore 93-yard kickoff return (Hyuntae Kim kick), 8:45.
CHS — Andy Travis 23-yard run (Kim kick), 2:16.
WHS — Buddy Legens 2-yard run (Kim kick), 00:30.
WHS — J.C. Griggs 52-yard run (Kim kick), 6:23.
CHS — Travis 10-yard run (kick failed), 7:22.
WHS — Legens 42-yard run (Kim kick), 2:28.
First Downs 10 17
Rushes-Yards 40-244 46-297
Passing Yards 6 44
Comp-Att-Int 1-3-0 2-7-2
Punts-Avg. Yards 6-37 4-27.5
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 2-1
Penalties-Yards 8-55 6-40
Rushing — Westview, J.C. Griggs 13-112, Harrison Moore 13-63, Buddy Legens 4-44, Brian West 10-25; Camden, Andy Travis 15-112, Leon Williams 8-107, Chase Horton 14-88, Chris Pagal 1-9, Spencer Berry 1-2, Jeremy Crawley 1-0, Chris Gilliam 3-(-4), Michael Gaskin 3-(-17).
Passing — Westview, Moore 1-3-0 — 6; Camden, Berry 2-6-1 — 44, Gaskin 0-1-1 — 0.
Receiving — Westview, Tyler Turner 1-6; Camden, Travis 1-26, Horton 1-18.
Records — Westview 5-0 (2-0 Region 8-2A); Camden 3-2 (2-0 Region 7-2A).
Next Game — Westview will travel to take on the Dresden Lions, while Camden will visit Huntingdon. Both region games will kick off at 7:30 on Friday night.
Weakley County Press Oct. 2, 2007