BUIES CREEK — Campbell scored on its first five trips to the red zone and defeated The Citadel, 29-10, Thursday night in the season opener at Barker-Lane Stadium.
Bryant Barr rushed for a career-high 107 yards on 19 carries. The Camels did not allow a Bulldog (0-1) touchdown until 2:53 remained in the game.
The Camels outgained the Bulldogs, 373-222, and averaged 6.2 yards per play. Hajj-Malik Williams completed 12 of 21 passes for 175 yards and one score.
Cooper Wallace led The Citadel’s option offense with 53 rushing yards on 10 carries.
A graduate student from Greensboro, Barr averaged 5.6 yards per carry. Lamagea McDowell averaged 7.2 yards while gaining 36 yards on five rushes, adding a touchdown.
The Campbell defense forced three turnovers, including interceptions on two of Peyton Derrick’s five pass attempts.
C.J. Tillman had 11 tackles, including nine solo stops. He forced and recovered a fumble. Jonathan Jones and Peyton Woulard had picks for the Camels.
The Camels took the opening kickoff and drove 74 yards in six plays to take the lead on Williams’ 14-yard pass to Ezeriah Anderson.
Colby Kintner made a 33-yard field goal to cap The Citadel’s opening drive and trim the margin to 7-3. Campbell responded with 22 unanswered points.
Lamagea McDowell’s 7-yard rush and Dowden’s PAT ended a 10-play, 74-yard march to stretch the lead to 14-3 with 14:18 to play in the half. Dowden added a 36-yard field goal and the Camels led 17-3 at the half.
A pair of Dowden field goals – from 31 and 26 yards – pushed the margin to 23-3 after three quarters before Barr rank in from two yards with 5:57 left in the fourth.
Derrick connected with Tyler Cherry on a 19-yard TD reception with 2:53 to play.
Anderson led Campbell with four receptions for 65 yards.
Campbell travels to William & Mary on Saturdaym September 10 for a 6 p.m. kickoff.
(Campbell media services provided the basis for this report)