Cameron Not Looking Past Rival Lumberjacks
CAMERON — Coach Scott Holt and his Cameron football team have been living by the motto “There is no place like home.”
After all, his team has not lost at Dragon Stadium since November 6, 2015, and Friday night Cameron will look to add Valley to that list as the Lumberjacks invade following a bye week.
The Dragons have been impressive in victories over West Greene and last week’s 54-0 blanking of Hundred. Meanwhile, Coach Logan Miller’s Valley club dropped the season-opener, 33-8, at Tygarts Valley in a game that Miller said his team dominated.
“Honestly, after how we lost that opener I would have rather played last week than had an extra week to think about it,” Miller said. “We won the game up front and dominated play, but we fumbled the ball nine times and ended up turning it over six times.
“We definitely worked on some things during our week off and we are excited to get back out there and play. Our team is healthy right now and we are looking to do what we do. If we dominate play like we did in that first game and take care of the football I think we can be in it and have a chance late.”
Junior Abe Satterfield leads the Lumberjacks offense under center with sophomore Gavin Streets, a do-it-all talent who at any given time can line up at wide receiver, running back or even quarterback.
Senior Ethan Fluharty is the fullback while classmates Richard Leek, Tommy Yoho, Austin Barr and Nicholas Leek make up the receiving corps.
“They are a very big and physical football team, but there is also a lot of unknowns with them,” Holt said. “The only scrimmage they had scheduled got canceled and they have only played one game so far.
“So, we have literally seen them one time while this will be our fifth time on the field with scrimmages and regular season games. They moved the ball well their first game, but they fumbled it nine times. I’m sure they are going to be over those opening night jitters by now.
“We beat West Greene by eight in our opener and it was a real dogfight. If you asked me to compare Valley to any other team on our schedule it would be West Greene. And the fact that we struggled running the football is very concerning to me coming into this one.
“Valley is a lot bigger than us up front, but for us it is not necessarily a matter of having to win the game up front, we just have to make sure we don’t lose the game up front.
“Last week went the way we had hoped it would and the kids took the week and the game very seriously, which is what a successful type program does in the process.”
Coming into the 2018 campaign Cameron had to replace all-state quarterback Colby Brown with senior Aiden Lucey stepping up to the challenge, after centering the ball to Brown last year. Lucey has done an admirable job thus far in leading the Dragons to a pair of wins.
The running game with brothers Andrew and Matthew Ritchea looked to be a strength coming in, however, struggled for 56 total yards on the ground in the season opener.
Travis Mickey and Trin Scott are major targets in the passing game with the Ritchea brothers also dangerous out of the backfield.
“They are a very well-coached team and Coach Holt has turned them into a good program,” Miller said. “And while they are not as big as they have been in the past, they have a ton of speed and three of the quickest linebackers I have seen on film in a long time. They get to the ball very quickly.”
Cameron, which has won 21 of its last 22 regular season games, has captured five of the previous eight meetings between the small-school rivals, including a 28-0 blanking last year in Pine Grove.
“This is going to be a good football game,” Holt said. “And while there may be many people around the Ohio Valley surprised if they beat us, I wouldn’t be one of them. They are a quality football team.”