Fighting Thoughts: Closing Out CU’s 35-3 Win

The Fighting Camels controlled the game from start to finish, running past the Chowan University Hawks, 35-3, behind 208 yards on the ground along with four passing touchdowns between Kameron Bryant and David Salmon. The game was never really in doubt on Saturday night as Campbell scored on its very first offensive drive, finishing the game with 450 total yards on offense.

NEW QB, NEW PROBLEM FOR THE DEFENSE

Kameron Bryant was business-like moving the football, amassing 251 total yards, but the contributions of his quarterback partner is what makes Campbell so estastic over the future of this offense.

Mid-way through the second quarter, David Salmon took the reigns over the offense leading Campbell to consecutive scoring drives. One of the key to success for both quarterbacks was moving the chains on third down, convering 7-of-14 attempts on the night, while also converting three of four plays on fourth down.

“Different quarterback on the field just means a different problem for the defense,” said Andre Davis. “Salmon is very accurate, much like Kam, and he’s got a rocket arm. And then, when Kam makes plays out of the pocket, it’s really hard for a defense to stop us.”

Bryant, the Appalachian State transfer, was a completion wizard at App, throwing at an impressive 70-percent clip in 2013, and that success has translated early with the Fighting Camels going 17-25 in the win Saturday night. Salmon only completed three passes, rushing for another 11 yards on the ground, but his touch in the end zone led to a couple nice touchdown throws.

WEAPONS ALL OVER THE FIELD

Looking deeper into the final box score, and you see that 10 different players made receptions. Four players caught touchdowns, and five different recievers recorded multiple receptions.

That’s balance in the most effective state, something the signal caller loves having at his disposal. “I’m just trying to be like a point guard out there,” said Bryant. “Those guys are so good, they will handle the rest. I just have to get them the ball.”

Entering year three under the head coach Mike Minter tenure, the Fighting Camels have legitamite weapons all around to complement the ever-reliable Ben Bolling, who tied the CU recieving touchdowns record with an 18-yard touchdown in the first quarter.

The Camels wanted to stretch the field after last week’s victory over Pikeville and the offense responded averaging 8.6 yards per attempt, going vertical with seven completions more than 15 yards.

YARDS WERE TOUGH

Campbell’s defense preached all week long about returning to dominance. The Chowan University Hawks (1-1) were sure on the recieving end of that fury, earning just 135 yards of total offense on 47 plays. That’s averaging under three yards per play.

Their aggressive play was rewarded early as Carlos Merritt recorded an interception early in the first quarter, also leading the team with six tackles. Things only got tougher once Campbell took a 28-0 lead as the Fighting Camels recorded six sacks, forcing two fumbles. In all, Campbell was all over the field recording eight tackles for loss to complement five pass breakups.

FINAL THOUGHT

Undefeated for the first time in modern program history, the Fighting Camels head to Presbyterian outscoring their opponents 76-23 to start the season. The schedule will get tougher in the weeks to come with two of the next three on the road. But in the mean time, the Camels are playing balanced football right now.

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