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Nate Smith leads Campbell to rout over Scott in inaugural Battle of the Bridge

By Brad Laux/1016 Sports

ALEXANDRIA | Nate Smith ran for 124 yards and scored four touchdowns, and passed for 143 yards and another score to help Campbell County cruise past Scott 56-6 to win the Battle of the Bridge trophy on Friday night at the CCHS Stadium in the season opener for both teams.

The hosts needed just four plays to tally the game’s opening touchdown. The 76-yard drive ended with a 29-yard run by Smith one minute and 46 seconds into the contest.

Back-to-back turnovers followed. A high snapp was recovered for a 20-yard loss by Campbell’s Logan McNabb, but the ball went back to Scott on the next play after an interception by AJ Lowe.

The Eagles were forced to punt on their second possession and Smith again needed just four plays to lead another Camel touchdown drive, which ended with his 1-yard run.

Scott’s best drive of the half ended after being unable to convert a fourth-and-15 play from the Campbell 26-yard line.

The hosts used 10 plays straddled between the first and second quarters to get back on the board. Smith connected with Garyn Jackson for a 7-yard touchdown pass one minute and 15 seconds into the second period.

Campbell stopped the next drive as Blake Funston picked off an Eagle pass and returned it 11 yards.

The Camels went back to work from the Scott 46 and took three minutes and 16 seconds off the clock before tallying their fourth score of the day after Smith went untouched on a 9-yard TD run.

After a Scott punt, Campbell used just a minute and 45 seconds to push the margin to 35-0 with 25 seconds remaining in the half. Smith capped off the drive with a 3-yard TD run.

On the first snap of the second half, CCHS’ Mason Wireman recovered a muffed handoff. Then, starting from the Scott 30-yard line, the Camels took advantage of the field position and scored on a 4-play, one-minute-and-24-second drive. Carson Evers forced a running clock after his 2-yard touchdown run.

After Scott’s third punt of the day, Campbell drove 56 yards on seven plays. Trevor Bertram capped off the series with a 2-yard scoring run with 52 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

The Eagles started the final period with a 70-yard TD strike from Trey Cook to Dylan Giffen after Giffen broke free from what appeared to be a sure tackle and then scampered down the right sideline. Charlie Woodring’s extra-point attempt bounced off the crossbar.

Campbell immediately responded as Jaidan Combs returned the ensuing kickoff 87 yards through the middle of the field, also shaking off two sets of tackles, and scoring with 11:19 to play. Kaden Rose tacked on the point-after attempt for his eighth of the day.

The game ended after a 19-minute delay on the following kickoff as a Scott player was injured and taken off the field in an ambulance. Both teams decided to stop play with exactly 11 minutes remaining on the clock.

Smith was named as Campbell County’s Most Valuable Player, while Giffen received the honor for Scott.

Both teams are at home next Friday as the Camels face Beechwood at 7 p.m. and the Eagles take on North Bullitt at 7:30 p.m.

Scott 0 0 0 6 | 6

Campbell County 14 21 14 7 | 56


1st Quarter

CC Nate Smith 29-yard run (Kaden Rose kick) 10:14 7-0

CC Smith 1-yard run (Rose kick), 6:21 14-0

2nd Quarter

CC Garyn Jackson 7-yard pass from Smith (Rose kick), 10:45 21-0

CC Smith 9-yard run (Rose kick), :53 28-0

CC Smith 3-yard run (Rose kick), :25 35-0

3rd Quarter

CC Carson Evers 2-yard run (Rose kick), 10:23 42-0

CC Trevor Bertram 2-yard (Rose kick), :52 49-0

4th Quarter

S Dylan Giffen 70-yard pass from Trey Cook (14 kick failed), 11:47 49-6

CC Jaidan Combs 87-yard kick return (Rose kick), 11:19 56-6

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