BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell's football program (1-1) opens Pioneer Football League play this weekend and welcomes Jacksonville (1-2) in on Saturday, Sept. 24, for a 1 p.m. game at Barker-Lane Stadium/Ed Gore Field.
The Camels are coming in off of an early bye last weekend. Prior to the week off the Camels rolled over the Apprentice School on Sept. 10 by a 76-0 score. CU set numerous records in the victory over the Shipbuilders including points in a game (76) and points in a half (55 – 1st half). The shutout was the first Campbell has recorded since restarted the program. CU also limited Apprentice to just 63 total offensive yards in the game while piling up 487 yards including 403 yards on the ground. The Campbell defense also recorded a school-record seven sacks and 14 stops for loss.
The Camels were led in the victory by C.J. Oates. Oates ran for 139 yards and four scores. The four touchdowns set a Campbell single game record. His 139 yards rushing was the second best total in school history. For his outstanding overall play in which he totaled 146 yards, Oates was named the Pioneer Football League's Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 11. The honor was the first for a Campbell player this season and the first time an offensive player had been honored since the program was restarted. Oates was also an honorable mention selection to the College Football Performance Awards list and named the College Sports Madness Pioneer Football League Player of the Week. Oates enters the weekend leading the PFL in scoring (12.0) and placing tied for fourth nationally. Redshirt senior fullback Jordan Cramer continued to show a nose for finding the end zone and score twice against Apprentice. Cramer has now scored three touchdowns this season to place fourth in the conference in scoring.
The Camels rank highly in the conference in numerous offensive, defensive and special team categories this season. CU leads the league in rushing (226.50), rush defense (76.50), total defense (284.50), punt returns (16.80), turnover margin (2.0) and sacks (4.50). The Camels are second in scoring offense (45.00), pass efficiency defense (109.920), kickoff returns (25.29) and tackles for loss (10.00). The Camels are even ranked among the national leaders in sacks (3th), scoring and turnover margin (4th) and tackles for loss (5th).
After the impressive win over Apprentice the Camels even garnered seven votes in The Sports Network's top-25 poll this week.
Jacksonville defeated FCS scholarship program Charleston Southern last weekend by a 37-30 score. The win over Charleston Southern was the second for Jacksonville in seven career tries. J.J. Laster had an impressive day for JU with 128 yards rushing and a touchdown. Josh McGregor came up big in the final four minutes and hit Quintin Davis for the 42 yard go-ahead score. Colby Walden opened the game with a 93-yard kickoff return touchdown and was named the PFL's Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday. Walden is the top return man in the league and is averaging 30.5 yards a kickoff return in 2011. The Dolphins opened the season playing three scholarship FCS opponents. Laster leads the Dolphins in rushing with 188 yards. McGregor has completed 58 of 114 passes for 729 yards and five touchdowns this season. Josh Philpart has caught 19 passes for 245 yards and two scores this season. Rolando Fines leads the team with 20 tackles on the campaign. Fellow defensive lineman Luidji Michel had four tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks this season.
Campbell has never defeated Jacksonville in three previous tries, but has continued to close the gap annually. Campbell took a fourth quarter lead on Jacksonville last season only to see the Dolphins go ahead for good in the final two minutes in the 31-24 victory. CU's Mike Stryffeler caught five passes for 59 yards and a touchdown in the game. All five of his catches either resulted in first downs or a touchdown.
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 gets back out on the road and travels to Des Moines, Iowa to take on Drake in a PFL matchup on Oct. 1 at 2 p.m.