BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell's football program (0-1) returns home to Barker-Lane Stadium/Ed Gore Field to host the Apprentice School (0-1) on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 1 p.m. in the team's home opener. The day will also be Military Appreciation Day and all active military members and veterans can gain access to the game for free with a form of identification.
Campbell fell to Old Dominion by a 41-14 score in Norfolk, Va. last weekend. The Camels scored the first points of the game on a Braden Smith to Preston Dodson 15-yard touchdown pass. The Adam Willets extra point put the Camels up seven. That was as close as CU could get as Old Dominion scored the next 38 points in the victory. Braden Smith set a Campbell record in his first game in a CU uniform with 40 passing attempts and nearly set the completion mark with 20 (one off the record set by Matt Vollono in 2008). Receiver Preston Dodson, who was a four-year member of Campbell's basketball team, made a smooth transition to the gridiron with seven catches for 70 yards. Dodson's seven catches tied the Campbell single game record set originally by Kelvin Murphy in 2008 against Birmingham-Southern and tied for the first time by Harrison Jordan against UVA Wise in 2010.
Redshirt senior defensive lineman Jeremiah Robinson had a strong individual defensive effort for Campbell in the loss with 11 tackles, two sacks, 2.5 stops for loss and a forced fumble. His 11 tackles were a new career-best. His sacks are tied for the second most record in a single game by a Campbell defender as is his 2.5 stops for loss. Robinson enters the weekend ranking among the NCAA and the PFL leaders in all three categories. He is tied for the league lead in tackles for loss and 13th in the NCAA. His sack total in fourth in the PFL and tied for fifth in the nation. He is also third in the conference in tackles and 22ndd in the nation.
The Apprentice School lost to Salisbury last weekend on the road, 42-3. Salisbury used a strong running game to defeat the Builders and piled up 307 yards. Apprentice was led in defeat by sophomore tight end Tyler Johnson. Johnson caught five passes for 62 yards. Sophomore quarterback Paul Morgan completed 11 passes for 123 yards, but was also sacked seven times. Senior Corey Sept led the defensive with six tackles and three stops for loss. The Apprentice School, who went 2-8 in 2010, is a four-year, post-secondary institution that teaches crafts associated with shipbuilding and is operated by Newport News Shipbuilding – a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries. The Newport News Shipbuilding is the largest shipyard in the nation. The shipyard is located along the James River and employees approximately 20,000 people. The Apprentice School is the only industrial school in the nation to field intercollegiate athletic teams. The school is recognized as NCAA Division III.
The Camels are 1-2 all-time in home openers with a victory over Methodist in 2009 and losses to Birmingham-Southern in 2008 and Old Dominion at Barker-Lane Stadium in 2010. CU is 3-3 all-time in its Division I era against non-Division I FCS level schools. This will actually be the eighth time that Campbell and Apprentice have played each other, but the first since 1935. The series dates back to 1929 when Campbell defeated Apprentice 25-6. Apprentice won the last meeting 61-0 in 1935 and owns a slight edge of 3-2-2 according to their extensive record book that dates back to the school's opening in 1919.
All of Campbell's games can be followed and listened to online at Gocamels.com on the Campbell Radio Network with Chris Hemeyer and Andy Bowman on the call. CU's Bill Priestley is the third member of the broadcasting team as the pre/post game host.
Campbell's football program has an early bye week next weekend and will next return to the field on Saturday, Sept. 24, when the team opens Pioneer Football League play with a home contest against Jacksonville at 1 p.m.