Following a victorious postgame huddle, Catholic High football coach Dale Weiner wanted to know the whereabouts of his defensive coordinator Anthony Camp.
Turns out Camp was standing right behind Weiner making their celebratory hug within arm’s reach.
“I know Parkview means a great deal to him, “ Weiner said of Camp. “They shaped him as a man and a coach, but by the same token you want to win and he did a great job of getting us ready to play and execute.”
A year after surrendering 39 points in a three-point defeat, Camp, a former Parkview linebacker, helped construct a winning game plan in helping Catholic to a season-opening 28-6 win over the Eagles.
“I think it came down to our kids seeing their offense for the first time last year and the defense we were playing,” Camp said.
“This year there was such a better understanding of the blocking schemes and what they were trying to do. “
Catholic (1-0) limited Parkview to 181 total yards, including 104 in the opening half in which the Bears established a 21-0 halftime lead.
Parkview reached Catholic’s territory twice in the first half and eventually accounted for the final score on Aaron Leonard’s 48-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter.
While Catholic’s special teams contributed a score on a 72-yard punt return from Clyde Edward-Helaire the defense wasn’t to be upstaged.
Defensive back Connor Bowen made the score 21-0 with just over five minutes before the break, picking off an underthrown pass and bringing it back 36 yards for a touchdown.
Parkview completed 2 of 6 passes for 14 yards.
“It was just an opportunity right there to make a play,” Bowen said. “We prepared all week and the coaches made us study it. We all knew it pretty good.”