Blocked Field Goal Lifts Stetson to 30-24 Overtime PFL Win at Campbell

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Donald Payne blocked Mitchell Brown’s field goal attempt in overtime and finished an 80-yard return after taking a later from Jeb Boudreaux to lift Stetson to a 30-24 Pioneer Football League win over Campbell Saturday at Barker-Lane Stadium.

The Hatters (4-3, 2-2) led 24-10 with 11:04 left in the fourth quarter before the Camels scored twice in the last 2:13 to force overtime.

Playing in front of the largest crowd in Barker-Lane Stadium history (6673), Campbell (3-3, 1-2) had the opening possession.  On the first play of overtime, Stetson was called for pass interference in the end zone.  However, the Camels were flagged for offensive pass interference on the next play and were only able to reach the Hatter 13 before attempting a 30-yard field goal.

Campbell RB De'Shawn Jones
(Photo Credit: Will Bratton)
Payne, who also finished with 13 tackles, blocked Brown’s attempt and Boudreaux picked up the ball at the 20 yard line and ran all the way to the Campbell two before lateraling to Brown for the winning score.

Stetson won its third-straight road game by converting three Campbell turnovers into a pair of scores.  After Jared Joyner’s fumble gave the Hatters a first down on the Camel 22, backup QB Cole Martin hit Donald Parham for a 14-yard scoring pass to put the visitors ahead 14-10.

Stetson extended the lead late in the third when Cole Mazza’s four-yard run capped a 72-yard march and Grant Amick’s PAT pushed the margin to 10-21 with 0:11 to play in the period.

Amick added a 19-yard field goal with 11:04 to play to give Stetson a two touchdown lead.

Trailing 24-10 with 5:18 to play, back-up quarterback Anthony Robbins led the Camels on a 71-yard drive.  The junior hit Trey Sanders with a 10-yard scoring pass to bring the Camels within one score.  However, a bad snap on the point after attempt left Campbell trailing by eight (24-16) with 2:13 remaining.

Stetson handled an ensuing short pop up on side kick and ran the clock down before lining up for a punt.  Scott Miller broke through the Hatter line and blocked Eric Fogle’s punt and the Camels took over at the Stetson 28 with 1:11 to play.

Facing a fourth down from the Hatter six yard line, Robbins found Aaron Blockmon in the back of the end zone to bring the Camels within two with 11 seconds to play.  Robbins connected with Blockmon in the right corner to complete the two-point conversion.

Playing in relief of starter Gaven DeFilippo, who went down late in the opening half, Martin completed 9-of-15 passes for 120 yards and one score.  Mazza gained 77 yards on 20 carries, while Parham finished with five catches for 66 yards.

In his most extensive action of the season, Robbins completed 29-of-47 throws for 209 yards and two scores after relieving injured starter Elijah Burress in the first series.  De’Shawn Jones ran for 90 yards on 10 carries, 88 on his first two touches, while Bryan Bailey had eight receptions for 52 yards.

David Lazear also had 13 tackles for Stetson, while Glenn Adesoji had 10.  Daniel Bostick led Campbell with 11 tackles and Jack Ryan chipped in 10.

The Camels finished with a 335-294 edge in total offense, including 98 yards in the final two drives of regulation, but was a minus-two (3-1) in turnover margin.

Campbell took the opening kick-off and marched 71 yards to grab an early lead.  The 16-play drive stalled at the Stetson four yard line and Brown’s 21-yard field goal put the Camels on the board.

After the Camel defense forced a three-and-out, Campbell took over on its own 12 yard line.  De’Shawn Jones ran 40 yards on his first touch of the game to give the Camels a first down at the Hatter 48.  After an incomplete pass, Jones broke off a 48-yard scoring run down the left side line.  Brown’s PAT gave the Camels a 10-0 lead with 7:58 left in the quarter.

Campbell again forced a punt and took over at its own 10.  However, Robbins was sacked in the end zone by Davion Belk, forcing a fumble and Shayne White recovered for what proved to be the only Stetson points of the half.

Both starting quarterbacks left the field with injuries in the first half.  Burress, who entered the game ranked fourth in the league in total offense and fifth in rushing (71.0), went out just six plays into the contest.  DeFilippo left the field on the Hatters’ last drive in the second quarter.

Campbell returns to action next Saturday at Drake, while Stetson travels to Dayton.