Camacho leads Barons in 45-0 rout

By on October 1, 2014

At 5-foot-6, 153 pounds, Damon Camacho’s size might not strike fear into a lot of opponents.

But last Friday night at Lebanon, the Manheim Central junior running back’s game spoke for itself.

Camacho ran for 260 yards and four touchdowns, leading the Barons to a 45-0 pummeling of the Cedars in a Section Two game. Tyler Martin and QB Tony Staffieri also contributed in the onslaught with rushing TDs, as Manheim Central gained 403 total yards on the ground.

Through the air, Staffieri finished 6-of-15 for 82 yards.

“Damon Camacho had a nice night,” Barons coach Mike Williams said. “We didn’t have to do much else other than run the ball and the defense played pretty solid. (Lebanon) had one or two big plays. Outside of that, we pretty well dominated.”

Manheim Central’s defense limited the Cedars to 173 total yards in the game.

The win improved the Barons’ record to 2-0 L-L (4-1 overall) heading into a key match-up against rival Lancaster Catholic this Friday night.

Camacho will be looking to carry the momentum into that clash against the Crusaders. His 260 yards in the win over Lebanon were the most for MC since Mark Royer gained 250 in a 42-20 win over Cocalico in last year’s District semi-finals. Royer also ran for 230 in a 56-31 victory over L-S.

It didn’t take long for Camacho to make his presence felt vs. the Cedars, taking his first handoff 51 yards to the logo. He also scored on a nine-yard run in the opening quarter, giving the Barons a 14-0 advantage at period’s end.

“(Damon) showed some signs of really good skills in the Warwick game, but kinda tailed off after that,” Williams said, “but he was really hot, really had a good night. We’re pretty fortunate we have a couple of backs that can run. He had the hot night and we kept him in most of the game. He just had that explosive night.”

Staffieri’s eight-yard TD jaunt and Camacho’s five-yard run to the house extended Central’s lead to 28-0 at the break, and then the Barons invoked the mercy rule after Camacho scored his fourth &tstr; and final &tstr; touchdown from 11 yards out in the third quarter. Camacho’s longest carry was a 72-yard run from the shadows of the Barons’ goal post.

“He’s pretty tricky. He’s small but he makes the right cuts,” Williams said. “He just did everything perfectly against Lebanon.”

Kicker Derek Adams got himself into the box score with a 38-yard field goal in the fourth quarter and Martin completed the scoring with an eight-yard touchdown run.

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