Camels are playoff bound with some momentum

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CCHS freshman quarterback Mason Drube (12) had a monster night as he threw four touchdown passes to lead his Camels to a 33-6 win over Kelly Walsh. (Photo courtesy of Kellie Jo Allison Photography)

The offense had sputtered in recent weeks for the Campbell County High School football team. That was left in the past Friday night when CCHS dismantled playoff-bound Kelly Walsh 33-6 in Casper to end the regular season.

The victory was huge for a program looking to reestablish its dominance in 4A football. The Camels won their most games in a season since the split of the high schools and they are riding some momentum at the right time heading into the postseason.

The playoffs start next week when CCHS travels to the capital city to face defending state champion Cheyenne East. It’s a rematch of last month’s contest when the T-Birds squeaked by Campbell County 27-21.

To gain some momentum for the rematch, Campbell County needed to first beat Kelly Walsh. The young bunch delivered as they beat KWHS in every phase to get the big win and No. 6 seed in the 4A playoffs.

It was a great night for the CCHS offensive line that owned Kelly Walsh while fresham quarterback Mason Drube picked apart the Trojans for four quarters with a career-high four touchdown passes.

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Campbell County scored the only points it needed to win the game in the first quarter. After an exchange of possessions, CCHS went to work putting Kelly Walsh and the game away. A couple of runs by Will Miller helped set up a 20-yard touchdown pass from Drube to Brady Tompkins to make it 7-0 with three minutes left in the opening period.

A Kelly Walsh fumble put the Camels back on a short field again. Following a successful 4th-and-10 play where Drube ran for 12 yards, he connected with Tompkins again with an 11-yard TD catch that doubled the lead at 14-0 with 39 seconds left in the first quarter.

The Campbell County defense had a lot to do with the offensive domination. The unit, led by Logan Dymond, Miller, and a host of Camels, smothered KWHS for four quarters and four turnovers – two in each half.

Campbell County had one more scoring strike before the break. This time, Drube hit Dymond in the end zone to make it 20-0.

The Trojans were able to avoid a first-half shutout with a field goal as time expired to make it 20-3 at halftime.

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Kelly Walsh stated the second half the same way it ended the first half. The hosts nailed another short-range field goal to make it a two-possession game.

After six unanswered points, the CCHS defense made sure Kelly Walsh never scored again. It also helped provide good field position for the offense.

Drube made the most of it and hooked up with Dymond for his second touchdown catch of the game and the fourth TD pass for Drube, which made it 27-6 late in the third quarter.

The Camels weren’t quite finished. They put the finishing touches on the convincing win after Miller scored on the ground to make it a 33-6 ballgame.

All photos courtesy of Kellie Jo Allison Photography