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Huskies set up Kamp in Berkeley Springs

September 17, 2005|By BILL STERNER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va.

Ask Northern Garrett football coach Phil Carr if good things do, indeed, come in small packages and you will always get a smile before the affirmative nod of the head.

"You betcha," Carr said.

And you can bet Carr will be referring to his diminuative senior quarterback Casey Kamp. Kamp, who stands 5-foot-5 and weighs just under 130 pounds, came up huge in the fourth quarter for the Huskies Friday against Berkeley Springs. He broke loose on the right end and jitterbugged down the sideline for a 42-yard score to put an exclamation point on an 18-6 win.

"He is a great little athlete," Carr said of Camp, a two-time Maryland state wrestling champion. "His leadership is what brings these kids home in a tough game like this. He has a presence in the huddle."

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Kamp also had a presence on the field, playing both ways for the Huskies and making 11 solo tackles on defense.

"The whole school looks up to (Kamp)," Carr said. "He is a leader on the field, the mat and in school."

Kamp's decisive run came on the heels of an impressive Berkeley Springs drive that finally woke up the Indians' uncharacteristically lethargic offense.

Berkeley Springs coach Angelo Luvara began rolling rangy quarterback Joe Whitehead out of the pocket in the second half. Whitehead moved the Indians steadily by finding receivers Ryan Morris and brother tandem Foster and Nathan Sirbaugh.

Whitehead completed 13 passes in the second half to finish with 166 yards through the air.

The Indians, who ran just 13 offensive plays in the first half, held on to the ball throughout the third and fourth quarters, but could only manage a 13-yard touchdown pass to Morris.

"We obviously played poorly on offense with the exception of a couple of drives in the second half," Luvara said. "We simply didn't get it done."

After the Morris touchdown, the Indians were only trailing, 11-6.

The Huskies didn't help themselves by driving to the Indians 15 four times in the first half without scoring.

"We squandered so many opportunities in the first half," Carr said. "Penalties and lack of concentration hurt us, but we got well in the fourth quarter."

The Huskies preserved their victory with some goal-line stops of their own late in the game.

"We were good on defense," Luvara said of the Indians. " But we wasted our efforts with the ball."

"It is always tough to win here," Carr said. "Berkeley Springs always has some fine players and they can make the clock run slow if you play just to hang on."

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