Campbell County lost its third game in a row Friday to the Rock Springs Tigers.
After taking a seven-hour bus ride to the Tigers homecoming game, the Camels fought in a low scoring, windy first half and kept the score within a touchdown. In the second half, the Camels gave up 14 points to fall to Rock Springs 28-7.
“We didn’t come off the ball real hard. We didn’t play like we did last week,” Camels coach Andrew Rose said. “We’re on this roller coaster right now where we’re playing really well against really good teams and playing down to others.”
Rock Springs (4-2) came into the game with the No. 1-ranked defense in Class 4A, allowing 203 yards per game.
Campbell County (1-5) didn’t have a solution for the Rock Springs defense and ended the game with 76 total yards of offense. Quarterback Kaden Race threw for 5 total yards.
It marked the first time this season that the Camels couldn’t gain 100 yards of total offense.
“They came out in a five-man front, which we hadn’t really prepared for too much,” Rose said. “We just stood up with them and their backers filled really well.”
The Camels trailed 14-7 at halftime with the lone score coming off a 5-yard touchdown pass from Race to receiver Tanner Hilliard with 6:06 left in the second quarter.
Rock Springs set the tone in the second half when its offense started with the ball at its own 5-yard line and drove it 95 yards for a touchdown. Tigers running back Chase Petty capped the drive with a 5-yard rushing touchdown to increase his team’s lead to 21-7.
The touchdown came on the first play of the fourth quarter and capped a drive that burned more than 7 minutes of game time.
“That big, long drive took a lot out of us. It’s deflating to the team,” Rose said.
The Camels had a chance to stay in the game but punted after three plays on the next drive and then gave up a 51-yard receiving touchdown, the longest play of the game, to Rock Springs receiver Justis Reese.
The touchdown, thrown by quarterback Seth Hymas with nine minutes to play, capped the scoring at 28-7 in favor of Rock Springs.
Race threw an interception to Reese on the first play of the Camels’ next offensive drive.
Both teams relied heavily on running the ball because it was cold and the wind whipped through the stadium with 50-mph gusts.
Starting running back Landon Toth led the Tigers with 20 carries for 93 yards, before he suffered an injury in the third quarter.
Vijay Pitter, who averaged more than 150 rushing yards a game for CCHS before Friday, finished with 14 carries for 40 yards and a long run of six yards.
“A lot of it had to do with our offensive line. If they’re having a good game, Vijay has a good game,” Rose said. “That’s the run game for you. (Pitter’s) got to go off of what they give him.”
The Tigers ran for 271 yards.
Hymas completed 10-of-12 passes for 117 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Race completed 3-of-12 passes for 5 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Next up for Campbell County football is a home game against rival Sheridan on Friday, homecoming for the Camels. The Broncs beat Cheyenne South 56-0 Friday and boast a 5-1 record.