ALEXANDRIA, Ky. – At least after one game, Campbell County seems to enjoy playing on its new-look home field.
The Camels celebrated a 27-7 victory over the Newport Wildcats on the opening night of the Campbell County High School Athletic Complex on Friday.
The scrappy Campbell County defense forced five turnovers and tallied six sacks in the win. Senior defensive back David Gaskins reeled in three interceptions for the Camels. Campbell County held Newport to 236 total yards on offense.
After a slow start on offense, Campbell County (1-0) got on the board early in the second quarter on a 6-yard touchdown run by senior running back Brandon Morris. The Camels crossed the goal line again with 2:18 left in the first half on a 25-yard touchdown run by senior running back Alex Howard.
Late in the third quarter Howard led a lengthy 46-yard drive on five carries for 31 yards on the ground. He capped off the drive with a 1-yard run that gave the Camels a commanding 20-0 lead going into the fourth quarter.
The only Newport score came with 1:24 left in the game when a fumble was recovered and returned 50 yards for a touchdown.
Senior quarterback Avery Wood completed 9-of-23 passes for 98 yards. Howard finished the game with 134 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries. Morris collected 48 yards and one score on 10 carries. Collectively, the Camels rushed for 248 yards on 40 carries against the Wildcats.