Campbell football routs Epping-Newmarket

LITCHFIELD – If you’re going to it do it with flair or at least do it like Kevin Moreau.

The senior captain did everything with style en route to leading Campbell to a 29-6 drubbing of Epping-Newmarket yesterday afternoon.

Moreau caught four passes for 34 yards and a touchdown, ran for 26 yards, booted three extra points, and racked up five tackles-for-loss on defense, including three sacks.

“I think Kevin is one of the best athletes, certainly in division three,” Campbell coach Greg Gush said. “He’s just one of those kids who is so fast off the ball you can’t really block him. He’s a very versatile player for us. He can play tailback; he plays outside linebacker for us. He’s unblockable. He’s going to beat pretty much anyone off the ball.

“He’s not that big a guy, but he’s very physical. When you watch him play he plays like a kid who is 6-2, 225, but he’s not that big. He’s an anomaly. He’s a gifted athlete. We’re really lucky to have him. He almost defies physics sometimes. When you see him put a hit on somebody, often times someone bigger than him, you try to figure out how he was able to generate that energy.”

The Cougars dominated from the jump. The front seven suffocated Epping’s power run game and forced them into punting the ball away.

The duo of Harrison Verdani and Michael Killoran controlled the game in the interior of the line which let Campbell’s linebackers roam free to create chaos.

“(Good line play) allows our linebackers to play pretty freely and come up and make plays,” Gush said. “The guys up front are all good sized guys who are athletic and fast. If they don’t get double-teamed they’re going to make plays. If they do get double-teamed then our linebackers are free players.”

Epping’s inability move the ball wound up putting the ball in the hand of Campbell quarterback Kyle Manning who wasted no time in picking apart the Blue Devil defense.

Manning threw touchdowns in his first five passes and finished 14 for 19 for 189 yards and four scores. Andrew Smarse was his top target, reeling in a pair of scores. Tyler Walton had Campbell’s fourth score. Manning threw six passes of 15 or more yards.

“He’s seeing the field better than he was earlier in the season,” Gush said. “I think the game is slowing down a little bit more for him. We were real pleased.”

The Cougars benefited from vastly better field position than Epping-Newmarket. Before both teams put their backups in during the fourth quarter the best starting field position for Epping was it’s own 37. Aside from one possession starting at their own 24, after turning over Epping-Newmarket on downs, the Cougars’ worst starting field position was their own 44-yard line.