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Camden County rolls to AAAAA crown

ATLANTA -- Camden County is a perfect 3-for-3 in state championship games.

Ean Davis returned the opening kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown and the Wildcats routed Northside-Warner Robins 31-3 to repeat as Class AAAAA champions Saturday night at the Georgia Dome.

Steven Murphy had a 67-yard punt return for a score and also caught a 43-yard touchdown pass from Joel Ruiz as Camden County won its third title in seven years and the fourth overall for coach Jeff Herron, who claimed a Class AAA championship at Oconee County in 1999.

"It feels great, I'm not going to lie," Herron said. "A lot of people thought he couldn't do it this year after we got off to a 1-2 start. But this team never gave up."

Camden County (13-2) led 21-0 against Northside (13-2) before the game was six minutes old.

Murphy had his punt return and Darius Sullivan scored from a yard out after Jeremiah Booth had stolen a shovel pass at Northside's 20-yard line.

Northside, which won Class AAAA state titles in 2006 and 2007, finally stopped the Camden County onslaught with a 42-yard field goal by Devon Pike with five minutes left in the first quarter.

Camden County is 121-13 for the decade, while Northside is 121-14 since 2000. Buford is the only school in the state with more victories. The Wolves are 139-7 with six state titles - five in Class AA and one in Class A.

Northside fumbled the second-half kickoff and then lost the ball again the next time it got it. Matt Ehasz missed a 40-yard field goal after the first fumble, but kicked a 41-yarder with 7:18 left in the third quarter after the second.

Ruiz's touchdown pass to Murphy came with 9:54 to play. It was just the Wildcats' third pass of the game.

Camden County allowed just 39 points in its five postseason victories and shut out explosive North Gwinnett 35-0 in the quarterfinals.