Camels denied by first-place Sheridan

Freshman Mason Drube and teammates corral a Bronc in Friday night’s home finale. (Photo courtesy of Kellie Jo Allison Photography).

After last week’s shorthanded setback against Natrona County, the Campbell County High School football team had a monumental task in facing state title contender Sheridan.

That challenge was a little too much for the young but talented Camels. They opened up the offense with no huddle and spread formations, but it was not enough to shake the Broncs in a 38-7 defeat in the final home game of the season.

With one game left in the regular season, CCHS will travel to Kelly Walsh next Friday to determine playoff spots.

As for the Sheridan game, the Camels knew it would be a tough night against the No. 2 ranked team that remains tied for first place with Cheyenne East and Rock Springs.

Campbell County didn’t back down from the challenge as they went right at the SHS defense by opening up the offense. With Aidan Dorr out with a season-ending injury, freshman Mason Drube went from part-time quarterback to full-time signal caller.

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Drube did not hold back. He showed his talent and arm strength with several bullets from long range.

The Camels just were not consistent enough to keep pace with a veteran Sheridan lineup.

Campbell County did give the Broncs plenty of fits defensively. Sheridan’s rushing game was grounded for three quarters behind a solid defensive showing by Taylor Foss, Will Miller, Logan Dymond, Kiefer Gossel, Brady Tompkins, and many others.

The only points notched in the opening quarter was a short scamper from SHS’ Colson Coon which made it 7-0 going into to the second quarter.

The Campbell County offense, which has only scored a combined nine points in its last two games, were unable to string enough first downs together to get in scoring range early.

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Three punts later, Sheridan was not able to run much against CCHS, but did make the most of good starting field positions to score twice in the second period to take 17-0 lead.

That led to the longest play of the half for both teams. Drube displayed his lethal arm strength again, only this time, Tompkins hauled in the 51-yard pass to make it 17-7.

Drube later in the game completed a 55 yarder but it didn’t lead to any points.

Sheridan was finally able to pull away from the upset-minded Camels late in third with its third TD with 5:54 on the clock to go up 24-7.

Three turnovers were too much for Campbell County to overcome. The Broncs added two late scores to ice the game.