SNELLVILLE - Campbell's efficient first-half offense and four Shiloh turnovers nullified a second-half rally as the Generals fell to the visitors from Cobb County 16-14 Friday night at Charlie Jordan Stadium.
Shiloh (0-2) generated a mere 60 yards in the first half and could only sustain one drive on offense. Even then, its best play was a 17-yard run by Jace McKie on a fake punt. But with the ball at the Campbell 30, Shiloh could only get close enough to attempt a 36-yard field goal by kicker Ernst Brun, which missed wide left.
Campbell (2-0) took advantage of the Generals lackluster start, scoring touchdowns in the first half. Sophomore quarterback Devonta Wright completed 7 of 11 passes. The young lefty threw sidearm passes to five different receivers for 101 yards and scampered seven yards for the Spartans first score.
"We started slowly, and our defense didn't execute in the first half," said Shiloh coach Nick Davis. "But I'm proud of how we fought back in the second half. If we don't turn the ball over so much, and miss tackles, we win the football game."
Down 13-0 at halftime and with Campbell driving early in the third quarter, Wright was intercepted by Shiloh linebacker Sekou Kaba, who returned the ball to the Shiloh 37. On the next play, fullback Chaz Johnson took a handoff up the middle, broke several tackles and ran 63 yards for Shiloh's first touchdown of the season to cut the Campbell lead to 13-7.
Campbell took advantage of a Shiloh fumble on the 34 to stretch its lead to nine points early in the fourth quarter on a 27-yard field goal by kicker Erick Tapia, and the game was seemingly out of reach for Shiloh.
The Generals had additional opportunities to close the gap, but continued to make mistakes. Midway through the fourth quarter, Shiloh's Brandon Powe recovered a Campbell fumble at the Shiloh 37. The Generals quickly moved to the Campbell 18, and on the next play, quarterback Ira Johnson ran to the Spartans' 6 before coughing up the ball for Shiloh's fourth turnover of the game.
The Generals got the ball back with 59 seconds to play and a 23-yard pass from Johnson to Brun moved it to the Campbell 17. Johnson scored on a quarterback draw with just 34 seconds to play. Shiloh attempted on onside kick, but Campbell recovered, ending the Generals' hopes.
Chaz Johnson led the Generals rushing attack with 118 yards on 16 carries, while Ira Johnson had 97 yards on 13 carries. But the Generals offense was one dimensional, with Ira Johnson completing only 4 of 12 passes for 44 yards and two interceptions.
Campbell: Devonta Wright 7 run (kick failed) 7:02
Campbell: Rashaad Charles 3 run (Erick Tapia kick) 1:10
Shiloh: Chaz Johnson 63 run (Ernst Brun kick) 5:01
Campbell: Tapia 27 field goal 10:20
Shiloh: Ira Johnson 17 run (Brun kick) :34