KELLEYTOWN, S.C. – There were times Friday night where the young Hartsville offense did well – but frustratingly only in spurts, coach Jeff Calabrese lamented.
“We couldn’t sustain anything on offense,” he said following his team’s 41-27 loss to Camden. “We went through a series where every route was wrong. I think we only run four or five different things, and it’s just frustrating that they didn’t execute it.
“Then all of a sudden, they would execute and off we go. It’s just a young, immature (team). But they’re good kids and they’re tough kids and they’ll respond.”
The Red Foxes defense also responded at times to the Bulldogs’ rushing attack, but eventually both Willis Lane and Mikah Davis reached the century mark in a dominant second half.
Lane finished with three touchdowns and Davis added another as the Camden duo combined for 269 yards on the ground for the now 3-0 Bulldogs. Hartsville meanwhile fell to 1-1 with a road trip to Conway coming up next Friday.
“We’ve got a lot of things to work on with this football team,” Calabrese said. “We’ve got a long way to go. Like I said last week, we’ve got a lot of really young guys playing-wise, so they’ve got to figure it out and understand that little things make all the difference in the world.”
It was certainly little things that added up for the Red Foxes on Friday. A missed tackle on an intermediate pass play resulted in a 51-yard score for the Bulldogs in the first quarter.
Then in the second quarter, Hartsville was unable to score despite five separate chances inside the Camden 5-yard line. The final play resulted in a fumble moments after a penalty gave the Red Foxes new life – taking points off the board following a successful 30-yard field goal by Chase Elsseser.
“The offense was just spotty all night,” Calabrese said. “We weren’t running the right routes, our footwork wasn’t right; we just weren’t doing anything clean. The only thing we can do is evaluate it and get back to work and try to be better next week.
“But give Camden all the credit in the world because they deserved to win this football game.”
The Bulldogs’ run game hit its stride in the second half with Lane as the centerpiece. He had TD runs of 1, 10 and 26 yards to pad Camden's lead.
Joseph Byrnes actually started the scoring on special teams when an errant snap on a Hartsville punt went all the way back to inside the 10-yard line where Byrnes scooped it up for the score.
Davis had the other touchdown for Camden in the second quarter on a 10-yard run.
“Defensively, we didn’t do a very good job keeping contain,” Calabrese said. “We let their really good running backs get outside, and once you do that you’re in trouble. So, we’ve got a lot of things to work on, but the good thing for us is an opportunity to be a better football team and we’ll see how it goes.”
The Red Foxes did find a spark in their passing attack late. Quarterback Owen Taylor found Dariyan Pendergrass for a 39-yard score in the third quarter before hooking up with Jaivon Hough in the fourth on a 13-yard strike.
Taylor threw for 189 yards – 124 of which went to Pendergrass. Darian McMillan also added two rushing touchdowns for Hartsville, including the game’s opening score with 4:54 left in the first quarter.
Penalties were an issue for both teams as 24 fouls were accepted during the contest. Camden had seven alone in the first quarter, including a pair of 15-yarders that helped set up HHS’ first score.
The Red Foxes were penalized 10 times.
C 7 7 20 7 – 41
H 6 0 14 7 – 27
H – Darian McMillan 3 run (Kick failed), 4:54.
C – Anthony Lyles 51 pass from Jaffari Pearson (Thomas Burkott kick), 3:49.
C – Mikah Davis 10 run (Burkott kick), 8:32.
C – Joseph Byrnes 9 fumble return (Burkott kick), 9:25.
C – Willis Lane 1 run (Burkott kick), 6:32.
H – Dariyan Pendergrass 39 pass from Owen Taylor (Chase Elsseser kick), 4:00.
C – Lane 10 run (Burkott kick blocked), 2:42.
H – McMillan 1 run (Elsseser kick), 48.5
C – Lane 26 run (Burkott kick), 8:43.
H – Jaivon Hough 13 pass from Taylor (Elsseser kick)
RUSHING – C: Willis Lane 23-145, 3 TDs; Mikah Davis 11-124, TD; Jarrari Pearson 7-39. H: Darian McMillan 15-32, 2 TDs; Owen Taylor 11-13; Dariyan Pendergrass 5-11; J’Shawn Anderson 3-1.
PASSING – C: Pearson 11-15-134-1-0. H: Taylor 11-19-189-2-0.
RECEIVING – C: Landon Goodwin 8-66, Anthony Lyles 2-66, TD; Lane 1-2. H: Pendergrass 7-124, TD; Jaivon Hough 3-55, TD; Anderson 1-11.