“We just have to improve week to week, and we did that from week one to week two so I’m pleased,” Campbell coach Ryan Brady said. “A lot of work to do still, but we’re trending in the right direction right now.”
A mishandled snap on a Stone Mountain punt attempt turned into a Campbell safety and 2-0 lead, and it was all Spartans from there.
Cameron St. Cyr returned the ensuing free kick to the Stone Mountain 36-yard line. Four plays later Jawan Nobles connected with St. Cyr who fumbled the ball at the 4-yard line. The ball rolled into the end zone, Emmanuel Monyei pounced on it and gave the Spartans a 9-0 lead 5 minutes into the game.
From there-on the Spartans poured it on with touchdown runs of 16 yards by Kahj Huitt and one yard by Demetri Spearman. Quarterback Jawan Nobles connected with Randy McClure for an 11-yard touchdown pass to push the Spartans advantage to 33-0 before halftime.
“It’s all about confidence,” Brady said, as Campbell moved to 2-0 for the third straight season. “These kids have been down for some time, and to build up this confidence and get these two wins on the board is a good feeling.”
The one area where Campbell struggled was penalties. It was flagged for four false-start or illegal-procedure penalties in the first half and had two holding penalties in the second half.
“Guys are playing hard, but they’re still making mental errors and stupid mistakes,” Brady said. “We still got to do a better job tackling, but ultimately we’ve improved from Week 1 to Week 2, so that’s all I can ask for from these guys.”
Stone Mountain struggled holding on to the ball. Three fumbled snaps accounted for 54 lost yards, in addition to the fumbled punt that resulted in the safety. The Pirates were held to 137 yards of total offense for the game.
Nobles rushed for 128 total yards for the Spartans, Hassan Graham also carried the ball four times for 76 yards.
Stone Mountain did find some success through the air, with quarterback D’vonn Gibbons connecting on 4-5 passes for 97 yards. The Pirates’ lone score came on a 7-yard touchdown run by Larry Brooks.