Earl Preddy scored six touchdowns and ran for 204 yards on 13 carries to lead Dreher to a convincing Region 4-3A conquest of Camden at Memorial Stadium.
Preddy ripped off scoring runs of 1, 51, 17, 7 and 64 yards and added a 22-yard interception return to his point haul as the Blue Devils improved to 5-2 overall, 2-0 in region matters.
Dreher travels to face undefeated Chapin next week with a potential region championship hanging in the balance.
Camden (3-4, 1-1) looks to rebound against Lower Richland.
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Dreher scored 14 points in a span of 70 seconds in the second quarter to turn an 8-6 deficit into a 20-8 lead. Preddy’s interception of a deflected pass and his subsequent 22-yard return proved to be the game-winning tally.
Avery Armstrong: The senior Dreher quarterback was 15-for-21 passing for 111 yards and ran for 55 yards on seven carries
Lamar Sims: The senior Dreher defensive linemen returned to the lineup for the first time since August and help make life uncomfortable for Camden quarter Devin Beckley, especially in the second half.
Accurate to a fault: All six of Devin Beckley’s second quarter passes were caught. The trouble was three were snagged by Dreher defenders.
Closing the gap: Camden has won 14 of 20 meetings with Dreher since 1970, but the Blue Devils have ruled of late with five wins in six tries since
Record production: The 47 points was the most the Blue Devils have ever scored against Camden in the modern era.
Dreher was picking: The Blue Devil intercepted four passes, and returned two for touchdowns. Anthony Salter’s pick six in the fourth quarter went for 62 yards. The Salters score was the only Dreher touchdown not tallied by Preddy.
THEY SAID IT
“It was a good team win, especially with us being off for two weeks. Tha’s a good football team we beat tonight.” – Dreher coach Treigh Sullivan
“The interception (return) ignited the entire team and we started lighting it up after that.” – Dreher senior Earl Preddy
“We have a two-headed monster in the backfield with Jay Washington and Earl. Six touchdowns? Ow do you top that? Earl had the hot hand, and took advantage of his opportunities.” – Sullivan
204: The career high rushing total for running back Earl Preddy.
432: Dreher’s offensive yardage, featuring 321 on the ground.
0: Points allowed in the second half by the Dreher defense.
HOW THEY SCORED
D – Earl Preddy 1 run (kick failed), 3:37
C – Lance McCray 1 run (Bennett Coleman pass from Devin Beckley), 11:36
D – Preddy 51 run (Chris Cooke pass from Avery Armstrong), 9:46
D – Preddy 22 interception return (pass failed), 8:46
C – Taylor Kelly 13 run (Will Warnock kick), 8:02
D – Preddy 17 run (Preddy run), 2:27
D – Preddy 7 run (Armstrong kick), 5:12
D – Anthony Salters 62 interception return (kick failed), 9:58
D – Preddy 64 run (kick failed), 7:51
Rushing: C: Coleman 6-36, T. Kelly 7-30. D: Preddy 13-204, Washington 14-62, Armstrong 7-55.
Passing: C: Beckley 9-24-4-134. D: Armstrong 15-21-0-111.
Receiving: C: T. Kelly 4-40, Barnes 2-42, Rankin 3-52. D: Rush 5-41, Cooke 5-21.