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Mills, Campbell run away from Epping/Newmarket

EPPING – Keegan Mills rushed for 257 yards and three touchdowns on 31 carries to give Campbell High School its second 30-plus point victory in as many games this fall.

The Cougars backfield – highlighted by Mills 8.3 yards per carry), Conor Sweeney (16 carries, 93 yards, one touchdown) and Hunter Caron (six carries, 27 yards, one touchdown) – combined for 386 yards in Saturday’s 40-6 road win over Epping/Nemarket.

Campbell put up 431 total yards of offense, while holding the Blue Devils’ offense to 144 yards (43 on the ground) and recording a defensive touchdown on a Sweeney fumble recovery.

Coming off their season-opening 30-0 win over Somersworth, Cougars coach Glen Costello thought his squad started slow Saturday afternoon, but finished strong.

“Epping is a tough football team that gave us some fits early on,” Costello said, “but I’m proud of how we responded and were able to finish.”

The high-powered Campbell offense was held scoreless through the first nine minutes, with the Cougars finally breaking the ice on defense courtesy of Sweeney with just under three minutes to play in the first quarter.

Epping/Nemarket tied the game at 6-6 less than a minute into the second quarter and it was all Campbell the rest of the way.

Mills would score his first of three touchdowns, this one from the 2 yard line, and add the conversion run for a 14-6 lead with 10:10 remaining in the econd frame. Sweeney found his way back into the end zone with 4:25 left in the first half on a 29-yard run that Mills capped off with another successful conversion rush for the 20-6 lead.

The third and fourth quarters were much of the same for Campbell. Mills broke off a 25-yard TD run with 8:08 left in the third to up Campbell’s lead to 28-6 after another successful conversion run. He broke off his final score from eight yards out with 8:16 to play in the fourth and Caron closed the scoring from the 4 with 4:25 remaining on the clock.

Campbell puts its perfect record on the line next Saturday when Newport (1-1) comes to Litchfield for a 1;30 p.m. kickoff. Newport opened the season with a 49-6 loss to Lebanon, but bounced back with a 28-16 win over Stevens on Friday night.