Football Rolls Over Apprentice, 76-0

C.J. Oates
C.J. Oates

BUIES CREEK, NC. – Campbell's football team (1-1) put on an offensive show for the home folks in the team's first home game of the season in a 76-0 victory over the Apprentice School at Barker-Lane Stadium/Ed Gore Field on Saturday, Sept. 10. The team's 76 points are a school-record and this was also the first time that Campbell has recorded a shutout of an opponent in 35 games since the program was restarted. The team's special teams also got in the act with a pair of block punts including one that was returned for a touchdown.

Redshirt senior tailback C.J. Oates had a career effort in the win for the Camels. Oates ran for 139 yards on only 16 carries and averaged 8.7 yards a carry. The 139 yards are the second most in his career and only four yards from the school-record and are the most ever recorded by a Campbell running back at home since the program was restarted. Oates also added a school-record four rushing scores. The four touchdowns better the three the Daniel Polk and Kurt Odom scored on the ground against Valparaiso (11/6).   

The Campbell offense gained 487 yards on the day, while the defense limited Apprentice to only 63 yards of offense on the day. The Camels used a potent running attack that saw eight different players register carries in the game on the way to 403 yards (second most rushing yards in a single game ever for CU). The CU defense was outstanding in forcing two interceptions, recovering three fumbles, sacking the quarterback seven times and recording 13 tackles for loss. The team's special teams also chipped in with a pair of punt blocks and a score of its own off of one of the blocks. The team's 34 points scored in the opening period is also a new school record. 

The Camels started the scoring on the team's opening sequence and went on a five play, 70 yard drive that was finished on a five-yard rush from Oates. The extra point from Adam Willets was good to make the score 7-0 CU with 12:21 remaining in the first quarter.

After a defensive stop from the CU defense, the Campbell offense kept momentum going as fullback Jordan Cramer plowed it in from a yard out to finish off a 12 play, 71-yard drive that covered 4:17 in clock time. The touchdown was Cramer's second of the season. The Willets extra points split the upright to give the Camels a 14-0 lead with 6:21 remaining in the opening stanza. 

The CU opening period explosion continued as Braden Smith marched the Camels down the field and scored in nine plays and 47 yards on the ensuing drive. Smith completed the final pass of the drive to Harrison Jordan in the end zone for Campbell's third touchdown of the day. The Willets extra point was wide to keep the score at 20-0 with 2:37 remaining in the first quarter.

The CU defense forced a turnover next as linebacker Milton Brown forced a fumble that was recovered by Taurean Lynch. The Camels capitalized on the first play with Kurt Odom rushing it in from 19- yards out. The Willets extra point was good to give Campbell a 26-0 lead with 1:22 still to go in the first quarter. 

The Campbell defense forced another turnover on the next possession. The fumble was forced by Steth Monroe and picked up by linebacker Michael Rudisill, who scooped it up and rumbled with it from 26-yards out for the score. The Willets extra point was good to increase the margin to 34-0 with 1:05 still left in the first quarter.

The Campbell special teams got into the act next as Paul Constantine blocked a punt, picked it up on the bounce and ran into the end zone from 10-yard out for the team's sixth touchdown of the day. The Willets extra point was good to give CU a 41-0 lead with 12:41 remaining in the second. 

After another blocked punt, this one from Kurt Odom, the CU offense kept the foot on the gas pedal and went on a three play, 26-yard drive finished on another Cramer rushing score. The score was Cramer's second of the game and third of the season. Willets knocked in the extra point to give CU a 48-0 lead with 3:34 remaining in the second quarter.

The Camels' offense kept running on the Builders and Oates pushed it in from two-yard out to increase the margin to 55-0 after the made Willets extra point to finish a 23-yard drive.

CU opened the second half with a three play, 60-yard running score from Oates.
The touchdown was the third running touchdown of the day for the redshirt senior. The Willets extra point was good to increase Campbell's lead to 62-0 with 13:51 remaining in the third quarter. 

The CU offense added another score in the third quarter as Oates pounded it in from a yard out. The touchdown was his fourth of the day. This touchdown drive covered 66 yards in 16 plays and took 7:55 off the clock. The Sam Eberwein extra point was good to give CU a 69-0 lead with 5:49 remaining in the third quarter.

CU finished off the scoring when Josh Williams ran it in from 10-yard out with 2:43 remaining in the game. The Eberwein extra point was good to make the final score 76-0.

The Camels have an early bye week next weekend and are set to open the Pioneer Football League schedule with a 1 p.m. contest against Jacksonville on Sept. 24 at Barker-Lane Stadium/Ed Gore Field.

Note: The fourth quarter of the game was shorten by five minutes to just 10 on the referee's is allowed under NCAA rules as long as both teams agree to it so I guess football has an unofficial "mercy rule".