GALLATIN — Station Camp (7-0, 4-0) is one win away from their first region title on the gridiron since 2013.
Senior quarterback Parker Brown capped off a four touchdown night with a 29-yard strike to Aden Murray ending the 41-16 victory over Wilson Central Friday night on the East Bank.
Friday night’s victory for the Bison again showcased the team’s ability to withstand a punch from the opposition and punch back. This team has shown the type of resiliency it takes to navigate a high school football season since their season opening win at White House on August 20. However, it was their win the following week at White County where this team found themselves.
“I told coach Bain that this is the turn and change we were looking for after that game,” Station Camp head coach Brent Alexander said. “White County was number one, and I think the second was last week when we decided to go for two against Mt. Juliet. Everyone knew we were going to, but to pull it out is another thing.”
Week by week, the Bison have built momentum, and here they stand on the verge of something substantial — a Region 5-5A championship — something that may not have seemed possible 21 months ago when Alexander was officially hired.
“I’ve said this before, and I really mean it, but I think getting in the correct region where we belong was important,” Alexander said. “The next thing is the boys are playing great, we have 28 seniors with loads of experience, our entire offensive line back from last season, our team strength is up, I have a phenomenal staff that believes in our kids, and those things make a difference.”
Many will celebrate a home playoff game for the first time in eight seasons, and they should, but Alexander knows this team can deliver so much more to its close-knit community.
“It would be great for the program because we are looking for some togetherness right now,” Alexander said of a potential region title. “We want to be a positive influence in this community, so to work together to make that happen would just be great for everyone involved.”
Against Wilson Central Friday night, Station Camp was slow out of the game, never gaining a first down on their first two drives. Lousy field position for the Bison gave Wilson Central short fields and the opportunity to strike early, but their 10-0 lead was short-lived.
“I thought the defense was a little slow that first quarter, maybe we were too aggressive against the wing-t offense, but that became a great learning experience on the sidelines,” Alexander said. “Those guys are having fun right now, and that is the important thing.”
While Alexander won’t give any excuses, having the next week off for fall break following an emotional Thursday night win over the Bears may have had a factor.
“They had off through Tuesday night, so a lot of downtime for the kids this week,” Alexander said. “We got away from our discipline a little bit, but I was proud of the guys getting focused shortly after. I think we have a football team right now, so now we move forward with not wanting to be complacent.”
Station Camp cut into the Wildcat lead following a 4th-and-2 conversion at midfield. Parker Brown found a streaking Brandon Griffin at the 20-yard line leading No. 12 into the end zone for the quick strike on the next play.
With 4:29 left in the second quarter, and the Bison in the red zone, Brown scrambled 16-yards diving into the end zone for his first rushing score of the night, pushing his team out front 13-10.
From there, the game belonged to Station Camp.
Robert Bogus scored on a 29-yard scamper to the end zone following a Cade Abner interception to help close out the half, 20-10.
Wilson Central got the ball to start the second half and dominated the time of possession to start the third frame, but a fake punt gone wrong at midfield gave Station Camp a short field to work with.
The Bison marched to the one yard line where Luke Dickens capped off the driver the 27-10 lead with only 1:30 left in the third quarter.
With excellent field position following a forced punt, Brown found Cooper Green for a 28-yard strike, which set up a one-yard touchdown dive and the 34-10 lead at the 10:33 mark of the fourth quarter.
“Tonight was by far one of Parker’s best performances of the year,” Alexander said following the win.
Wilson Central kept fighting and found themselves in the end zone on a one-yard touchdown plunge from Blake Hobbs, but the damage had been done.
Station Camp took their next possession down the field before Brown found Murray to end the scoring on the night.
Region title aspirations will have to wait another week for Station Camp as the Bison welcome in Portland next week for senior night. The contest against the Panthers will be good preparation for Station Camp as they make their way into the playoffs.
“If I had a vote for coach of the year in Sumner County, I’m giving my vote to Wes (Inman),” Alexander said. “What Wes has done in Portland is remarkable, and I know we will be better off for it for playing them this late in the season.”
Wilson Central (5-3, 1-2) will enjoy their bye week this week.
“Station Camp did a good job of running their up-tempo offense, and I think as the game went along, we were stunned by it a little bit,” Wilson Central head coach Brad Dedman said. “We got confused throughout the night.”
SC 7 13 7 14
WC 10 0 0 6
WC: Estaban Hurtado 31 yard FG -- 9:02, 1Q -- 3-0
WC: Hayden Shults 2 yard touchdown run (Hurtado XP) -- 4:51, 1Q -- 10-0
SC: Parker Brown 50-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Griffin (George Ligon XP) -- 2:55, 1Q -- 10-7
SC: Parker Brown 16-yard touchdown run (XP no good) -- 4:29, 2Q -- 13-10
SC: Robert Bogus 29-yard touchdown run (Ligon XP) -- 2:19, 2Q -- 20-10
SC: Luke Dickens 1-yard touchdown run (Ligon XP) -- 1:30, 3Q -- 27-10
SC: Parker Brown 1-yard touchdown run (Ligon XP) -- 10:33, 4Q -- 34-10
WC: Blake Hobbs 1-yard touchdown run (2-point no good) -- 3:11, 4Q -- 34-16
SC: Parker Brown 29-yard touchdown pass to Aden Murray -- 1:30, 4Q -- 41-16
Final: Station Camp 41, Wilson Central 16