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After a shutout victory last week over Hopewell, Chambers High School (7-1, 3-1 Queen City 3A-4A) followed up with another stifling defensive performance Friday, posting a second consecutive shutout to earn a 29-0 win.
North Mecklenburg (4-3, 2-2) sustained several long drives but couldn’t solve the Cougars’ defense.
Chambers’ first score came after Jordan Thompson recovered a blocked punt in the end zone. Later in the first, after North Mecklenburg gained more than 50 yards, Cougars defensive back Trey Henderson jumped a route and got an interception to end the Vikings’ drive.
The Cougars’ rush defense was at the top of its game, allowing only 13 net rushing yards. Until the second half, the Cougars were holding the Vikings to a negative rushing total. The Cougars finished the game with four takeaways.
“We were really just running our normal stuff,” Chambers coach Glenwood Ferebee said. “We played a little zone and mixed in some blitzes as well to keep their offense off-balance. We were playing zone a lot more than we were used to.”
The Cougars finished the game with six sacks and five tackles for loss.
“We played a pretty good North Meck team tonight,” Ferebee said. “We preach running to the football and that’s what they did tonight.”
The defensive push paved the way for the Cougars’ offense, which finished with 265 yards of total offense and started on its opponent’s side of the field several times.
Quarterback Anshon Camp was quick to credit his offensive line and coaches for his and the offense’s success.
“Without the O-line I’m nothing,” Camp said. “My coach, Coach Ferb tells me that my dangerous weapon is my feet, so I used my feet today and you see the results. I had some big runs. Thanks to my O-line for blocking for me.”
Three who made a difference
Anshon Camp, Chambers: The junior quarterback finished with 116 passing yards and with 71 rushing yards. accounting for all three offensive touchdowns the Cougars had — two through the air and one on the ground. It was an all-around performance that Camp will look to replicate.
Daylan Smothers, Chambers: Reigning player of the year, Smothers was bouncing off defenders all game long, fighting for extra yards. He finished the game with 149 yards on the ground, with a long of 32.
“I was just running, trying to get downhill,” Smothers said. “I didn’t have any touchdowns, but when you get a win like this you’re satisfied.”
Trey Henderson, Chambers: Henderson had what could be defined as the heart-crushing interception. It halted a long Viking drive that looked as if it was going to produce points. Along with the interception, Henderson also forced a fumble. He was making plays on deep balls and keeping the Viking receivers at bay.
▪ Early in the second quarter, the Vikings were close to punching in a touchdown but had to settle for a field-goal try. Two Cougars defenders broke through the Vikings’ line and caught a piece of the kick to maintain the shutout.
▪ Chambers’ Cameron Kennedy had an interception with 2:32 remaining, and the Vikings did not get the ball back as the Cougars ran the rest of the clock out after a few first downs.
▪ Vikings receiver Jahalini Biddersingh had an efficient game, totaling 62 yards receiving despite one of his best receptions being called back due to an offensive holding call.
Chambers will be at home next week against conference opponent West Charlotte. North Mecklenburg will hit the road to take on conference opponent Hopewell.
Chambers 7 9 7 6 — 29
North Meck 0 0 0 0 — 0
C: Jordan Thompson recovered blocked punt for touchdown (Melvin Benitez kick)
C: Armon Wright 14 pass from Anshon Camp (Benitez kick)
C: Safety forced by three Cougar defenders
C: Camp 46 rush (Benitez kick)
C: Kevin Concepcion 55 pass from Camp (kick missed)