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Hornet's Defense Stings the Panthers

Saturday, October 21, 2006

By Clark Washington
SJSports Special Correspondent

It has been a season of come from behind wins in the league and the Panthers from Camden have come away with several late victories. For the host, the Hornets from Pemberton, most of their focus would be on next week's opponent in an anticipated battle between the top two teams in their division. During the first half of the "Senior Day" game, Pemberton appeared to be in full control at the start of the second half leading by two touchdowns. Camden would claw their way back into this game, but a late rally would be halted by the Hornets swarming defense. Pemberton would be able to sit on their 20-12 lead late in the game and pick up their Burlington/Olympic Patriot Division win setting up next week's showdown.

Camden was in the way of Pemberton's big game with the Seneca Golden Eagles and a chance to jump ahead of them and into first place in the Burlington/Olympic League Patriot Division. Seneca, who ended Camden's four game winning streak that started out their season, would host the Hornets on Friday night would be labeled as the biggest game of their season. Pemberton would focus on the Panthers as the coaching staff knew that they were able to score twenty-two points against Seneca and had an offense that could put points on the scoreboard.

Pemberton struck first in this game during the second quarter scoring quickly on their third drive of the game. Faced with a third and long from their own 49-yard quarterback Cody McNaughton connected with Antoine Ford and scored with 5:47 remaining until halftime. The Hornets defense would force Camden to punt the ball on their next possession setting up another big play by Pemberton. Steadman Brown received the punt and found open spaces down the right sideline and recorded a 70-yard touchdown.

Up by fourteen points to start the second half, Camden would start another second half comeback when quarterback Tim Stewart couldn't find anyone to hand the ball off to and carried the ball himself for a 12-yard touchdown. Stewart would score again during the early moment of the fourth quarter to bring the score to 14-12. The Panthers were in a good position to take the lead twice during the final quarter off of turnovers. But Pemberton’s defense came up big allowing the offense to score the final points of the game and with this game by a touchdown.

Photos by Art Redd

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