Written By: Eric Ortiz
Campbell Football heads to Butler University to open up Pioneer Football League play on Saturday, Sept. 26.
The Fighting Camels were picked to finish fourth in the PFL preseason poll, its highest selection in the past eight years.
They enter conference play with championship aspirations, this after starting the season on an impressive note. Unlike last season where the Camels came into conference play 0-3 on the year, Campbell boasts a 2-1 record, defeating Pikeville and Chowan, starting the season 2-0 for the first time in modern program history.
“Preseason play put us in a situation to really develop ourselves and see where we stand as a team,” said redshirt-junior defensive back Alan Hart. “We are just really excited to get into conference play to set the tone for what we need to do for the rest of the year.”
The only setback of Campbell’s young season came at the hands of Big South foe, Presbyterian College.
The Blue Hose topped the Camels, 23-13, last week.
“That loss is going to give us something to correct,” said linebacker Daniel Bostick. “I would rather lose one early than lose one late in the season. It is going to propel us to really do well this weekend.”
Much like Bostick, Alan Hart has plenty of experience in the PFL and understands the importance of knowing the type of opponents Campbell is going up against each and every week.
“Preparation is all about going back and looking at the schemes that offenses have run against us,” said Hart, before adding, “It’s about going back and watching film and constantly taking focus to the little things more than we did before.”
Players have been focusing on their “Unfinished Business” from last year. Last season, Campbell started out winning their first four conference games, remaining near the top of the PFL before a four-game setback settled their conference record at 4-4.
The Camels are now viewing Saturday’s matchup with Butler as an opportunity to start PFL play on the right foot.
“We were so close last year and we felt like we should’ve and could’ve won the conference championship,” said senior fullback Dalton Dillion. “That’s what ‘Unfinished Business’ means, and we hope to finish it this year.”
More than anything, the Camels look forward to proving that last season was indeed left unfinished with aspirations of bringing a PFL championship to Buies Creek.
If successful, Campbell will secure its first football championship in program history. That’s plenty of motivation for this year’s squad.
“We were that close to winning a championship last year,” said Hart, “and know we are more than capable of doing it. We are going to take over and we will win a championship this year.”
Action kicks off starting at 12:00 p.m. EDT at the Butler Bowl in Indianapolis, I.N. Fans can watch the game for free online at ButlerSports.com, and listen in on the Campbell Digital Network.