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Early Success Allows Camden Catholic to Defeat Wilson

Saturday, September 9, 2006

By Clark Washington
SJSports Special Correspondent

You here it all of the time and yet they still sometimes get over looked. When the Fighting Irish from Camden Catholic traveled to Woodrow Wilson competing in a Burlington County/Olympic Conference inter-division football game, it would be the offensive line quietly working hard at protecting the quarterback or creating lanes to run through. Runningback Greg Wanamaker found out first hand how good that o-line was as on the first play from scrimmage, weaving his way through the Tigers’ defense and scored from 70-yards out. In a game where Woodrow Wilson opened the game with a moment of silence for Shykem Lawrence, senior player recovering from a spinal cord injury, the Tigers would open the season without their inspirational leader. The Irish would set the tone early and defeat Woodrow Wilson 26-0.

The Tigers would like to forget about a lot of things, but they can’t. It’s apart of them and it will allows be apart of them. The past few days have been tough and it gets a little more difficult as the days go by. If the players continue work as a team both on and off the field, it only gets better. Woodrow Wilson and Camden Catholic played in their first game of the season where teams find out how to improve on their game plan. The Irish were able to execute their play calling when Wanamaker found an opening and scored their first touchdown of the season. The defense for Camden Catholic was able to capitalize also when a low snap to the quarterback sailed into the endzone which resulted in a safety. The Irish offense would strike again when they marched down the field and scored on a 2-yard touchdown run by Wanamaker and Camden Catholic lead 16-0 after one quarter.

Each moment that past, Woodrow Wilson began to tighten up their defense. But not before quarterback Marc Lucarini hooked up with Lou Barbieri with a 16-yard touchdown reception with less than a minute remaining in the half. Woodrow Wilson’s offense would struggle, but the defense began to adjust to their opponents play calling. The Tigers only allow a 31-yard field goal from Matt Potts during the second half were both defenses dominated. It will be very interesting how both of these teams will play against their next opponent. Woodrow Wilson will travel to Holy Cross to take on the Lancers and Camden Catholic will host a Friday night game against Burlington Township.

Photos by Art Redd

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