Thursday, November 3, 2011
Cardinals rout Royals, finish 7-4
By BARRY BURLESON
Shane Stone overheard some of his Potts Camp players talking after returning from a 49-6 win at New Site Friday night.
“They said, ‘I can’t wait until next season,’” the head coach said. “That’s always good.”
The Cardinals, in their first year of a varsity schedule after starting football in 2009, finished 7-4.
“I thought we had a really good season,” Stone said. “As a coach, you would like for it to have been a little better, but as long as the boys play hard every Friday night, that’s what counts.
“Effort-wise, for the most part, we played hard every game out. Now we will start working for next year and get better.”
The outcome at New Site Friday was never in doubt. The Cardinals led the Royals 35-0 at halftime.
“Everyone left with a smile on their face,” Stone said. “It was good to end the season on a high note.
“It was an opportunity for our younger guys to get some playing experience, and that’s good, because that’s our future.”
Ben Bolden passed for three touchdowns in the win – 35 yards to LaJohn Curry and 10 yards to Randy Love, both in the first quarter, and 5 yards to Jarvis Jones in the second period.
Jamarquis Foster started the night’s scoring with a 65-yard run.
The Potts Camp defense also got a couple of touchdowns. Love intercepted a pass and returned it 45 yards to the end zone in the second quarter. Jordon Harris picked up a fumble and ran it back 45 yards for six in the third.
Jones tallied the Cards’ last touchdown of the evening on a 9-yard carry.
Giavanni Arrendondo drilled five of six extra-point attempts, and Brantley Harris threw to Marquis Johnson for a two-point conversion.
Potts Camp loses six seniors, who helped begin the program. They are Curry, Johnson, Corinthian Echols, Kody Joyner, Zack Mayer and Deundra Payne.
“They are great examples of how things are supposed to be done,” Coach Stone said. “They have meant a lot to this football program. Their leadership has been phenomenal. They paved the way for the ones to follow.”
He also praised manager Thomas Garner, who is also a senior.
“I’m not sure I will be able to replace him,” Stone said. “He did everything for me.”
He feels good about his returning players.
“We have a few holes to fill, but I know somebody will step up,” Stone said.
And next season Potts Camp will get to play home games on campus, in its brand new stadium.
“We are very excited about that,” he said. “It’s really looking good. We will have something we can be very proud of. As far as small schools, I can’t think of a nicer facility. It’s something we’re really looking forward to.”
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