The first game action of the Russ Murray era was held last Friday night in Kingsland when the Charlton County Indians faced off against Camden County in a scrimmage that wrapped up spring practice for both schools.
The Indians would show flashes of potential offensively against the larger Wildcats, and other than a few long plays, the defense held their own.
The Wildcats would strike first on their opening series with a short screen pass turning into a 58-yard scoring play just 43 seconds into the game.
The Indians would get a 25-yard pass from Tristain Herring to Zuryan Williams on their opening series to move into Camden territory, but a penalty, and two bad snaps, pushed the ball back to their own ten yard line from which they had to punt.
Camden would get the ball back in Indian territory, but the defense stepped up and the Wildcats turned the ball over on downs.
Charlton would get a long pass play called back due to offensive pass interference, and on the next play, a fumble was recovered by Camden at the Indian 28 yard line. Two plays later, the Wildcat runner broke free for a 28-yard touchdown run to make it 14-0.
After the kickoff, the Indians got a 17-yard pass reception to Seaquon Clark off the arm of Conner Nelson to move past midfield before having to punt.
Teams would trade possessions until a 43-yard punt by Tony Cobb was fumbled and recovered by Williams at the seven yard line. On the first play from scrimmage, Herring kept the ball and dashed into the end zone.
After a mishandled snap on the PAT, Clark kept the ball and raced around the right end for the two-point conversion to put the Tribe within striking distance at 14-8.
After the kickoff, the Wildcats would be penalized for procedure and then lose two yards on a running play before connecting on a 72-yard catch and run for a touchdown to go up, 21-8.
Neither team threatened again as the teams went into the locker room at the half.
Charlton would get possession to begin the second half and pick up a first down on a 16-yard pass from Nelson to Clark. But a penalty put the Tribe behind the chains, and despite a hard eight-yard run by Cobb, they were forced to punt again.
Camden moved the ball out to the 38 yard line before Randy Nelson stepped in front of a Wildcat pass and returned it down to the 12 yard line.
But the Tribe was unable to capitalize after a penalty and a sack forced them backwards. Neither team threatened the remainder of the varsity portion of the scrimmage, with Camden taking the 21-8 win in three quarters.
The fourth quarter was played with mostly reserves and each team getting a set number of plays to run. Camden threatened to score but the Indian defense held after the Wildcats had reached the two yard line.
Taking over on offense, the Tribe would get a 15-yard run from Kyler Williams, and a seven-yard completion from Jaylen King to Keith Harris, but couldn’t complete the drive.
Defensively, Dominick Martin had a big hit on a short pass completion and came right back with a pass breakup.
Both teams had one more set of plays but neither was able to move the ball too much, but King did hit Najee Smith for a 14-yard completion as the scrimmage came to a close.