Thursday, August 18, 2011
Ole Miss jamboree
By BARRY BURLESON
The defenses of both Potts Camp and Houlka dominated the jamboree game Saturday afternoon at Ole Miss.
But it was the Cardinals who got the shutout, 6-0, in two 20-minute quarters with a running clock.
“Defensively, we had a very good effort,” coach Shane Stone said. “They (the Wildcats) got maybe one first down.
“Our defense is further along than our offense, but you expect that in a jamboree. Hopefully, Friday night (when Potts Camp visits rival H.W. Byers for the season opener), we will have that ironed out.”
Both Potts Camp and Houlka were a bit jittery out of the gate in the college stadium, Vaught-Hemingway. Potts Camp fumbled the ball away on its first play and then Houlka fumbled twice, losing the second. The Cardinals’ Jason Neal recovered.
A couple of series later, Neal hit a Wildcat in the backfield on third down and forced a punt.
The Potts Camp offense got some life, thanks to a face-mask flag on Houlka, and moved into enemy territory. Facing a fourth and five, quarterback Ben Bolden launched a pass to Brantley Harris, who appeared to make the catch a few yards from the end zone and fumbled when hit from behind. The officials ruled he never had possession – incomplete pass.
The Cards kept the momentum, however, when the defense rose to the occasion once again - stopping the ’Cats and causing a fumble on fourth and four. Antonio Love recovered.
Jamarquis Foster followed with a 25-yard run. A couple of flags pushed Potts Camp backwards, but on second and goal from the Houlka 19, Jordon Harris darted up the middle and then scooted outside for a touchdown run. A try-for-two was not successful with 7:45 left in the jamboree contest.
Houlka tried to rally but Foster had two tackles for loss to halt any hopes of a comeback.
“We’ve got some work to do,” Coach Stone said, “but at the same time I saw some positives. We played well. It was about what I expected.
“We’ve got to get better up front. We need to do a better job of sticking to our blocks.”
He said Bolden, in his first season, was nervous to start the jamboree but did just fine at quarterback.
“He kept his composure well,” Stone said.
He knows Byers will be ready for his Cardinals this Friday at 7:30 p.m.
“It will be a battle,” Coach Stone said. “We better be ready to play, or we will get embarrassed.”
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