Camden Fairview Cardinals shuts out the Vilonia Eagles 30-0 in first round playoffs

Photo By: Michael Hanich
Players of Camden Fairview getting set to run out of the tunnel for the game against Parkview.
Photo By: Michael Hanich Players of Camden Fairview getting set to run out of the tunnel for the game against Parkview.

On to the next one.

The Camden Fairview Cardinals got back to their winning ways on Friday night when they shut out the Vilonia Eagles in the first round of the playoffs, 30-0.

The Cardinals rebounded from its poorest performance of the season last week to keep its hopes of a state championship alive. The defense was disruptive all night reeling in two interceptions, recovering a fumble and applying pressure to the Eagles back field throughout the game limiting Eagles to 9/30 passing.

CF's offense racked up over 400 yards despite the rain and won the line of scrimmage despite having a couple of its key players out for various reason. 9/30

Vilonia won the toss and elected to receive but CF forced a three and out and took over at their 43 yard line. CF relied on its running game to matriculate the ball downfield inside the five. But like last week, CF would turn the ball over on downs at the 1 yard line. After the Eagles picked up a first down, they went 0-3 passing and had to punt. Arquavion Martin returned it for a 46 yard touchdown but the play was called back due to a penalty.

On the ensuing play from scrimmage, A.J. Alsobrook would evade tacklers running right before reversing field and scoring on a 39 yard run. Nasir Khan added the PAT to put the Cardinals up 7-0 with seven minutes.

CF would get inside the Eagles' 10 yard line before two holding calls pushed the Cardinals back. However, Khan came in and drilled a 48 yard field goal (career long) to extend the Cardinals' lead to 10 to open the second quarter.

The Cardinals would add another score when DeJuan Wesley Jr. took a snap in the jumbo package and ran it in from a yard out. The PAT was blocked but CF had climbed to a 16-0 lead with three minutes left.

The Eagles picked up a first down on a third and long and had the ball near midfield when Matthew Davis intercepted a pass and returned it to the Eagles' 32 yard line. Martavius Thomas dropped back and hit Jy'marion Hopson who shook off tacklers for a 14 yard gain. Then Alsobrook would run through tacklers for an 18 yard touchdown. On the two point conversion, Thomas would roll to his right before throwing a dime to a wide open Trent Haygood across the field in the end zone. The Cardinals lead the Eagles 24-0 with 55 seconds left in the half.

In the second half, the Cardinals continued to pick up yards and added another touchdown when Thomas found Jarvis Reed behind defenders on a fourth and 20 for a touchdown. Jaburee Spencer would pick off the Eagles and DJ King, Justin Easttam and Xzayvion Morris combined hounded the Eagles' quarterback. Ronald Buchanan also recovered a fumble. The hard hitting Michal Griffith picked off a pass as well but it was called. Amarion Lindsey (tackle), Rashaun Bush (running back) and Travion Weaver (safety) also had good games in varsity action. Kenneth Lanford also topped 100 yards on only 16 carries on the night.

The Cardinals will travel to Jonesboro to face Valley View net Friday.

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