HUNTERSVILLE Hopewells Dimitris Camp isnt bothered by the fact that hes underrated as a running back.
After Fridays battle for the shield game against rival North Mecklenburg, no one should underestimate Camp again.
Camp ran for a career-high 193 yards and six touchdowns, and the Titans defense kept the Vikings in check as Hopewell won 47-34 for its first MECKA 4A Conference win of the season.
Shrine Bowl pick Dominique Heath added 143 rushing yards and a touchdown for the Titans (2-5, 1-2), who snapped a five-game losing streak by beating North Mecklenburg for the seventh consecutive year.
We wanted to go out there and showcase our talent against our rivals, and thats what we did, Camp said.
Camp scored on runs of 44, 1 and 1 yards in the first half as the Titans went up 20-13. He added a 10-yard scoring run in the third quarter, and TD runs of 8 and 40 yards in the fourth quarter as Hopewell led by as many as 27 points.
Those two (Camp and Heath) are great, said Titans coach Matthew Jenkins, whose team finished with 452 yards total offense and 20 first downs. Theyre completely different running backs. We wanted to run the football. We wanted to get after them, and we did a good job of that right away.
This was one of the first weeks where we came out and were more physical than the other guy from the beginning. In the end, that wore them down.
While Nolan Beasley threw for 310 yards and four touchdowns for North Mecklenburg (3-4, 1-2), he was also sacked five times, three of those by Tajai Liles. The Vikings were also held to just 4 yards rushing, and turned the ball over twice.
We knew 20 (Camp) was an underrated runner, but hes the real deal, North Mecklenburg coach Brad Baker said. But our kids fought back. We were just playing catch up all night. When youve got a running game like that, its hard to play catch up.
Devon Sutton finished with five catches for 191 yards and two touchdowns, as well as ran back a punt 49 yards for a score for North Meck. Teammate Stephen Langford had six catches for 109 yards and two scores.
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