Friday night's contest between the Helena-West Helena Central High Cougars and the Camden Fairview Cardinals left football fans hanging on the edge of their seats throughout the first half as Camden's lead over the Cougars steadily widened the second half with the Cardinals eventually winning, 28-13.
The first few drives the Cougars made netted few yards leaving the Cardinals with excellent field position, which they took advantage of with 3:34 in the first quarter following a 26 yard TD pass. With the successful extra point attempt, Camden led 7-0.
On the ensuing drive the Cougars drove the ball from their own 15 to enemy territory at the beginning of the second quarter resulting in a 6 yard drive to the end zone. Following the extra point attempt, the game was tied 7-7.
With 2:27 left in the first half, the Cardinals drove the ball 62 yards in 9 plays, walking the ball in from the a yard out to the end zone. Following the extra point, Camden remained ahead the rest of the contest. The score was 14-7.
Before the end of the first half, with only 29 seconds left, Central traveled 53 yards in less than a minute of game time. With a 39-yard scoring pass, the score going into halftime was 14-13.
On the first possession of the 2nd half, the Cardinals received the ball at the Cougar 45. In just 6 plays Camden drove the ball 45 yards resulting in a 1-yard touchdown widening the gap to 20-13 following a blocked extra point attempt.
The Cougars sealed their own fate in the fourth quarter when a fumbled snap at the 3-yard line resulted in a crucial turnover of which Central never recovered.
The ensuing Cardinal drive of 85 yards in 11 plays resulted in a 23- yard TD pass with 2:45 left in the game. The Cougars recovered a fumble at the Camden 15 but 4 plays later the Cardinals intercepted an errant pass in the end zone leaving Camden with a live ball for the remaining minute of playtime.
After taking a knee in the next two plays, the contest ended with a Cardinal victory over Central, 28-13.