The BCHS Wildcats football team could not overcome early turnovers or a dominant Camden County rushing attack as they fell 38-8 in their season debut.
Lightning delayed kickoff about 90 minutes, but it took Baker County even longer to get going. Mistakes plagued the team throughout the first half. Baker County committed two turnovers — an interception by Jacob Carter and a fumble by Blayne Merchant — and had two poor snap attempts on punts that directly led to 20 of Camden County’s 32 first-half points.
The squad couldn’t find an answer to Camden County’s punishing run game in the first half, either. Camden’s Chris Williams had a great night carrying the ball and broke off a huge 94-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
Baker County’s mistakes and defensive struggles allowed its opponents to storm out to a 32-0 halftime lead.
As a result, a running clock was implemented in the second half, which fared slightly better for the team as the defense gave up just six points in the final two quarters.
Baker County’s offense provided a spark late in the game that could be a building block for the rest of the season. Carter looked much more comfortable in the closing minutes and connected with wide receiver Michael Boone on a beautiful 17-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter. They converted on the two-point conversion to close the score to 38-8, which ended up being the final.
The Wildcats will look to rebound in their home debut against Bradford September 6.
See next week’s edition for a full report from the game.