HARTSVILLE- After nearly a month of practices, Station Camp football concluded its preseason with a 14-0 victory over Fort Campbell in the 29th annual Tobacco Bowl Jamboree at John Kerr Field.
Bison head coach Shaun Hollinsworth was pleased with his team's showing, but admitted they still have plenty of room for improvement.
"After two lackluster performances (in previous scrimmages), we needed something positive and we got that tonight," Hollinsworth said. "We're not nearly where we want to be, but we are taking some steps in the right direction."
Station Camp opened the game with some fireworks, as sophomore quarterback Max Barnett tossed a 54-yard bomb to Devin Thompson for a touchdown.
Thompson appeared to be fully healthy after dealing with a nagging injury over the last few weeks. He finished the night with four catches and 90 yards receiving.
"Devin's a difference maker," Hollinsworth said. "You take notice when he's out there because he causes defenses some problems."
Barnett has locked up the starting job at quarterback, with senior Nick Nelson transitioning to the tailback spot and serving as the backup signal caller.
"They both feel good about (the situation)," Hollinsworth said. "They're both good athletes and our team is at its best when they are both out there on offense."
The Bison defense was strong throughout the scrimmage, which spanned two quarters. Senior Devante Alexander intercepted a Ft. Campbell pass and Station Camp later had a goal line stand to preserve the shutout.
Station Camp's second touchdown came when Nelson faked a hand-off and weaved his way through the Falcon defense for a 30-yard touchdown run. Trey Hampton's extra point made it 14-0.
Had the Bison capitalized on their red zone chances, the score line could have been much more lopsided. Barnett overthrew an open Thompson in the end zone to stall one possession and the Bison were stuffed at the goal line on another drive.
The trek to Hartsville for the Tobacco Bowl has become a yearly tradition for Station Camp.
"We've been coming up here a long time," Hollinsworth said. "We scrimmaged Trousdale back when we were in 2A and 3A. The folks up here are gracious and hospitable and we enjoy competing in this event."
The Bison now turn their attention to the regular season, which begins on Friday with a trip to Antioch. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
"I think everybody's excited," Hollinsworth said. "It's important for us to get off on the right foot."