By Les Dixon
NORTH LAUREL — The South Laurel Cardinal football team is known for its pass-happy offensive attack, but against Lynn Camp in Saturday’s Cumberland Valley Bowl XII opener, Larry Welch’s squad mixed things up and showed they could run the ball, too.
The Cardinals, who evened their record at 1-1 on the season, ran for 338 yards during their 55-6 win over the outmatched Wildcat squad.
Welch admitted he knew coming into the contest establishing a running game would be key for his team.
“We feel like we can run the ball,” he said. “That’s a big part of our offense — to be able to run the ball because if all you do is pass they cock their cannons and rush you, but with the run mixed in their it kept them off-balanced.”
South Laurel totaled 556 yards on offense, but the rushing attack of Landon Bray (103 yards on nine carries) and the big play ability of Jason Mitchell (54-yard touchdown run) kept Lynn Camp from getting any type of momentum.
“We knew South Laurel was very capable of running the ball well and they showed that,” Lynn Camp coach Phil Russell said. “South Laurel’s is a well-coached team and they took it to us. They had a great game plan against us and pressured us on both sides of the ball the entire game. We had trouble stopping the run and they exposed that.”
Welch wanted his team to get off to a good start against the Wildcats and his squad wasted little time getting on the scoreboard, as Tyler Dethridge connected with Jeremy Prichard for a 31-yard touchdown strike with 10:24 remaining in the first quarter and it was all downhill after that for Lynn Camp.
“To do what we wanted to do as a team, that’s a big step,” Welch said of his team scoring first. “We wanted to get back on track. Last week was a disappointment and now this puts us back to where we need to be.
“That’s a big thing (winning), too,” he added. “To win the bowl game and it was in front of our fans.”
Dethridge added a 21-yard rushing touchdown while Mitchell broke loose for a 54-yard touchdown run to give South Laurel a commanding 20-0 lead heading into the second quarter.
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South Laurel turns to run game to knock off Lynn Camp, 55-6
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The times, they are a changing — especially in the Tri-County high school sports scene.
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These cool summer days are reminding me of the cool football Friday nights of September and October, and with that said, these cooler temperatures have me in the mood of writing about things to come for our local football teams in the Tri-County.
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