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Football: Cameron Visits Notre Dame

September 6, 2012
By SHAWN RINE , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

FAIRMONT - If Jim Rogers has seen this type of team once, well, he's seen it twice. For the third straight week Cameron (1-1) will face a big, physical football team Saturday when it travels to the campus of Fairmont State University to tangle with Clarksburg Notre Dame (1-0).

The Fighting Irish had a Week 1 bye before hitting the road last week and knocking off Class AA Grafton, 30-27. That definitely caught the attention of Rogers and his Dragons.

''They have a nice offensive line, a nice quarterback in (Tony) Sestito and and pretty good running back in (Santino) Cava,'' Rogers said. ''We're going to Fairmont State and play them there and I still have a lot of confidence in my club.''

But the veteran coach knows all too well the Dragons will have to start putting complete games together. They played well in the first and third quarters of the opener and lost to Bishop Donahue, then fell behind last week at the half but rallied to beat Valley, 37-20.

''Don't you think we didn't talk about that, either,'' Rogers said. ''We had some kids out of position but by halftime we the made adjustments.

''We came out the second half, took the opening kickoff and three or four plays later we're in for a score. The defense tightened up and if we can take that momentum into this week, we should be OK.''

Cameron put forth a balanced effort against the Lumberjacks as sophomore quarterback Logan Routt continues to grow - not literally because he's already 6-foot-8. The sophomore completed 11 of 21 including a pair of touchdowns, 4 yards to Hunter Yoders and 25 to Shane Williams.

''Logan Routt is coming along. Against Bishop he threw for 226 and Valley 174, and both games we dropped passes,'' Rogers said. ''The line is giving good protection.''

That last part was particularly true for the running game last week. The Dragons had three players rush for more than 55 yards and score touchdowns. Clayton Ward led the way with 89 and a score on 10 carries, while Yoders checked in with 75 and a TD on nine, and Levi Knight netted 55 and scored on eight carries.

''We think we have three running backs that can do the job,'' Rogers said. ''I was not really happy with the way they blocked in first game, but against Valley they stepped up.

''We're really happy with those running backs - we've never had that many before.''

Defensively, Rogers credited guys like Dillon Blake, Yoders, Waylon Miller and Austin Pegg for the second-half job they did against Valley's 300-pound tailback, Spencer Mason.

''They're big, and in the first half they ran through us,'' Rogers said.

 
 

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