Camden awaits Chittenango after close call
The first one was stopped at Camden’s 38 and the other drive, which featured a 41-yard pass from Austin to junior Brandon Maxson, came from inside the 10, and Homer elected to go for a field goal with 10:45 left in the fourth quarter. Mike Hartnett’s 25-yard kick attempt though was low and blocked by the Blue Devils to give them yet another chance.
Then a minute later on Camden’s own 23, Stratton made his best pass of the game to Muller, and he outran everyone for the decisive touchdown.
"First I was just thinking, I hope I can catch it and then the second goal was I was just hoping I can get a touchdown," said Muller, who scored his first touchdown of the season.
"I haven’t scored all year, and I was hoping it would come through sometime. It just happened to be when we needed it."
"I knew I just had to get it up over the corner and that Joe would get under it because he’s a fast kid," said Stratton, who completed 9-of-14 passes for 108 yards. "We had a tough time moving the ball, but you get a big play it changes the whole outcome of the game."
The two squads then traded possessions until the Camden defense forced a fumble on Recor on the Trojans’ own 40 for the only turnover of the game with 3:25 left. That play turned out to be costly for them after Camden failed to convert a first down, and the Trojans had only 1:52 remaining when they received their last possession, plus it was at their own 9-yard line.
The Trojans made two first downs on the drive before Muller and Smith made two consecutive sacks on Smith to end Homer’s chances. "It was just a well fought football game," said Fiorini. "We knew it was going to be this way watching them on tape. We couldn’t get anything going, but they did a great job swarming the ball and taking away our offense."
Camden also finished with 59 rushing yards, including runs from Jeremy Zeitchel for 33 yards and Jake Reed for 26 yards.
Now the Blue Devils will gear up for their next challenge in 7-1 overall Chittenango this week.
"They’re a (No.) 2 seed for a reason, and they run their offense to a tee," said Fiorini. "They swarm on defense and will be similar to what we faced today. We’ve got to have a great week of practice, and hopefully we can get some more guys back healthy and get ready for them."