Coming into the Sweet Sixteen Round of the AAAAAA State Playoffs Camden County’s reputation as a formidable foe from Region 1 preceded itself. The Hornets season opening victory over Lowndes County from Region 1 prepared the team for the physicality of last night. In what may have been the best season opening drive on offense the Hornets built a quick 7-0 lead on the legs of Sheldon Evans, the arm of Quintarrius Neely and the hands of Jayden Comma, Kendrick Jackson and Myles Blouin. A subsequent fumbled punt by Camden gave the Hornets a short field and pushed the lead to 14-0 with a quick strike to AJ Smith for a 6 yard score. Being on the road and spotting the Hornets Defense a two touchdown lead proved to be too much for the Region 1 Runner-Ups.
The Hornets went into the locker room at Halftime with a 24-7 lead after the Offensive Line sprung Sheldon Evans loose on a 34 yard burst through the heart of the Camden Defense. With under 2 minutes in the half, the Wildcats converted a 4th and 13 into an @ 34 yard touchdown pass on a perfect throw and catch. Coming out of the locker room for the 2nd Half the Cats fought hard for the entire second half but time and again the Hornet Defense led by Tre’ Lamar, Marcellino Ball, Koby Cumberlander, Max Boyd, Tyrone Hopper and Xavier McKinney ended any serious challenges. In the 2nd Half, the frustrated Hornet Offense was held to 10 points as the Wildcats fought furiously on Defense to get back into the game. The Hornets last touchdown came on an incredible scramble run for 10 yards by Quintarrius Neely extending the Hornet lead to 31-7. The final score was 34-15 as the Hornets look towards the third round of the State playoffs.
Roswell moves into the Elite Eight round of the State AAAAAA playoffs. The Hornets foe will be Gwinnett County’s Collins Hill from Suwanee. Roswell and Collins Hill are familiar opponents having faced each other five times both in the regular season and playoffs since the Hornets last State Championship run in 2006. The Eagles hold a lifetime 3 wins to 2 losses advantage over the Hornets. However, the Hornets hold a 2 wins to 1 loss advantage in State Playoff games. Both of Roswell’s 1st round playoff victories were by a margin of 3 points with a 31-28 score in 2006 and a double overtime victory of 30-27 in 2009. In 2010, the Eagles prevailed at the Hornets Nest with an 11 point victory in the 2nd Round of the Playoffs with a 35-24 win. The Eagles and Hornets last met in 2011 at Ray Manus Stadium where the Hornets dropped a 24-21 season opening loss.
Collins Hill is chasing their 1st ever State Championship with 2 lifetime Region Championships versus Roswell’s 3 State Championships and 10 lifetime Region Championships in Football.