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Camden Moves Up To 4th In AAA Football Ranking, Dillon Still Ranked Number One At 5-0

Camden Moves Up To 4th In AAAA Football Ranking, Dillon Still Ranked Number One At 5-0  

By Billy G. Baker


Moncks Corner—Camden, a team loaded with junior talent, has been the surprise team in AAA so far this season moving up to number four in the latest HSSR ranking with a 6-0 perfect record.  

We asked head coach Brian Rimph of Camden is were surprised to be undefeated thus far in the 2019 season?  “I’m not surprised that we're 6-0 at this point in the season because we go into each game believing we can win,” said Coach Rimpf. “I think the surprising thing is how well we've played in all phases. I didn't expect Willis Lane to be leading the state in rushing at 1,014 yards, or our offense to be leading the state in rushing yards.  I didn't expect for our defense, which has 9 new starters, to be playing as well as they have.  I didn't expect for a kid, Marcellus Juggins, that has never played a down at CHS, to be leading our team in tackles and 7th in the state in tackles from his LB position.”

What has been the difference in the improvement of the team over last year? “Last year we were 5-1 at this point with the only loss being to the number one ranked AAAA Hartsville,” said Coach Rimpf. “We've really done more of maintaining a high level of play from last year than made major improvements.  This is the time that matters, though.  Our region play begins with our next game and those are the games that determine postseason eligibility and playoff seeding.  We've got to get the guys ready for a stretch of tough games in Region IV AAA.”

After a 25-14 win over Marlboro County last week head Dillon coach Jackie Hayes of Dillon told the HSSR, “It will be a miracle if we can make it to the state finals because we just do not have the dominant players we are used to having on defense,” said Coach Hayes. “We are working as hard as ever but we came into the season with most of our stand-out players on offense.”

Having said that Dillon is one of the top defensive teams in the state only allowing 26 points in the four games they have played. Senior Wildcat linebacker Tyquan King (6-2, 215) has made the Shrine Bowl also. On offense the Wildcats have the top junior receiver in South Carolina in Ahmari Huggins-Bruce who is averaging 21.2 yards a catch.

Camden and Chester play on October 18th in Camden and the winner of this game will win the region title and get a good seeding in the AAA upper state playoffs.

Chester, head coached by Victor Floyd has regrouped since an early season loss to AAAAA school Rock Hill. 

Chester is led on defense by highly regarded junior linebacker Octaveion Miller (6-2, 230) who has 55 tackles and 13 QB pressures to date. Sophomore QB Zan Durham has completed 45 of 87 passes for 766 yards and seven touchdowns and he has several major colleges offers already. Dunham also rushed for 427 yards and 7 touchdowns on the ground. RB Stan Mills leads the Cyclones rushing attack with 460 yards on 58 carries and 8 touchdowns

 The winner of the Chester/Camden game just have a date with destiny and both teams will be putting it all on the line on October 18th in Camden.


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