Football: Cameron Cruises by St. John
CAMERON – Who would have ever thought a world record would be set during a St. John’s and Cameron football game?
Dragons cheerleader Maddie Ross apparently did.
Ross set the record for standing backhand springs as she did 50 of them from end zone to end zone during halftime to reclaim the the record she had previously set in January.
That wasn’t the only reason the residents of Cameron had reason to cheer Friday night.
Their football team also pounded St. John 51-15 on Senior Night.
”Here we are in Week 9 and we’re still learning,” Cameron coach Jim Rogers said. ”I’m proud of the way we played. Give (St. John) credit. They don’t quit. They have a big heart. We were fortunate enough on Senior Night that things went our way.”
It didn’t start that way for the Dragons (4-5).
After holding the Fighting Irish (0-9) on third down, Dalton Wood muffed a punt and gave the ball right back to St. John.
On a fourth-and-1, though, Waylon Miller tracked down Nick Cervelli in the backfield as the Irish turned the ball over on downs.
Six plays later, Logan Routt found Clayton Ward on a screen play which the junior turned into a 59-yard touchdown.
Routt then found Hunter Yoders for a 2-point conversion as the Dragons took a 8-0 lead.
”He’s like a midtermer,” Rogers said of Ward. ”He knows how to run, but he started learning how to take a hit and hit the hole hard about midseason. He’s a quick kid. If he can get the seam, he’s hard to catch.”
That talent was on display all night.
After Yoders scored on a 15-yard run and again picked up the 2-pointer, Ward ran right through the heart of the Irish defense for a 53-yard touchdown as Cameron extended its lead to 22-0.
By halftime, Ward had totaled 205 of the Dragon’s 315 yards.
”Clayton makes a lot of big plays,” Yoders said. ”It takes a lot of pressure off me. It gives me a break I haven’t had the past few years. It’s a good change. He’s going to be as good as I ever was.”
St. John got back in the game after Dario Paolina hooked up with Kyle Whorton for a 97-yard touchdown pass to cut the margin to 22-7, but Cameron scored 29 unanswered points to put the game out of reach.
”It’s a tough one,” St. John’s coach Jeff Paolina said. ”We didn’t have anything going our way. All the bad bounces came our way and we never overcame it. I said earlier in the week (Cameron) is a good football team. They’re well coached. They just outplayed and outcoached us.”
Yoders and Ward finished with 122 rushing yards each, while Ward added another 106 receiving to lead the Dragons.
While Rogers was happy with his teams production, he was even happier to see his seniors get a victory in their last home game.
”Four of (the seven seniors) have been with me for four years,” he said. ”They were on that team with me their freshman year when we only had 19 kids and they had to play both ways. They stayed with it and it’s paid off for them. It’s a shame we lost a couple games early in the season, but we can’t go back and get them.
”We have a big one next week. We have to play off of that.”