Cardinals hope to build in year 3

By John Wilbert/NEMS Daily Journal

OXFORD – It’s only its third season of playing football, but the Potts Camp High program looks like it’s on the verge of something special.
Yes, the Cardinals only defeated Houlka, another relatively new program, 6-0 in Saturday afternoon’s jamboree game at Ole Miss’ Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, but they, most important, showed that they belong competing on a varsity level.
“It’s coming,” freshman running back Jordon Harris said about the Cardinals program as it kicks off its first full varsity season. “It’s our third year and we’re doing well so far. We’re getting better, too. It’s not over yet (in terms of progress).”
Harris scored the only touchdown of Saturday’s exhibition, dashing in from 19 yards out with 8:30 to play in the game.
“It was supposed to be inside,” the Cardinals freshman said about his scoring run, “but the guys in front of me did a good job of blocking out for us, and it just opened up to the left.
“I saw a seam and went.”
The TD was set up by Jamarquis Foster’s three carries for 33 yards and a 5-yard rush by Harris. In all, Foster rushed five times for 38 yards, while Harris netted four carries for 37 yards and hauled in two receptions for five yards.
While Foster and Harris looked good running the ball, Harris said “it takes everybody,” including the offensive line, to make the run game productive.
The Cardinals ran five minutes off the clock on five running plays during the scoring drive.
“I felt like we got a little winded,” Houlka head coach Rob Allen said of the Cardinals’ drive. “But, hey, that’s something where you gotta be in shape, and they’re offense was in shape to drive down the field and score, and we weren’t.
“But that’s something we can work on, something that we can fix.”
At the beginning of the second quarter, Brantley Harris couldn’t quite hold on long enough to Ben Bolden’s pass down the right sideline as he was just shy of the end zone.
“From where I was standing, it looked like he had it,” Cardinals head coach Shane Stone said of the play. “But they (the officials) said he never controlled it, so you go with what the refs say.”
The Cardinals could be without running back Javeon Allen for its season opener against H.W. Byers Friday night. Allen went down on the Potts Camp sideline after a six-yard pass reception.
“We’re still awaiting word on him,” Stone said after Saturday’s formal scrimmage. “It’s something with the knee, something that went wrong with the knee.
“The guy caught his face mask and he (Allen) had his cleat planted in. It was his right knee.
“Hopefully it won’t be something too serious, but we’re going to say a small prayer for him tonight, I’ll promise you that.”
john.wilbert@journalinc.com