We are proud to bring you a weekly article which is funded by our friends at Independence Bank highlighting players in the areas where Independence Bank flourishes who embody the same type of Revolutionary Service which has made Independence Bank unique and special in the banking industry. Independence Bank has a goal of achieving Everyday Excellence and this week we are focusing on a player whose performance, this year, exceeded both the Panters’, and the Owensboro community’s, expectations. That player is Joey Cambron.
Joey Cambron had to bide his time before getting to take control of the Davies County Offensive aerial attack. After all, Cambron only played in three games last year and threw for a paltry 81 yards and 3 TDs on the year. He felt, at times I am sure, buried on the depth chart behind Davies County’s Adam Bouchard who, last season, passed for 2,249 passing yards and 27 TDs by way of the air. When the 6’1″ 165 pound signal caller departed after last season, there must have been some concern about how that level of production would ever be replaced. Enter Joey Cambron. Joey (Class of 2019), who had to wait until his Junior year to see the field to any degree, only passed, this season, for 3,758 yards with 47 TDs against only 10 interceptions. The 6’0″ 175 pounder completed 207 of his 374 passing attempts for a completion percentage of over 55%. Cambron, playing in Class 6A, District 1, led his team to an overall 7-6 mark with the Panthers narrowly losing its Regional Final matchup 27-20 to a now 10-3 Central Hardin Bruin team. For their efforts, the Central Hardin Bruins get to advance to face the country’s 9th best team, according to the USA Today’s Super 25 Boys Football Expert Rankings, Louisville Trinity, in the State Semi-Finals. As important as a Quarterback is to a High School team, I would find it difficult to believe anyone, coming into the season, would have expected Davies County to improve both its record and how deeply it played into the playoffs with its losing a Quarterback, after last season, as productive as Bouchard; but that is exactly what happened.
It certainly didn’t hurt Cambron any that he had last week’s Independence Bank Player of the Week, Marquel Tinsley, to whom to throw the ball. Tinsley proved himself to be just as productive of a target for Cambron as he had been for Bouchard putting the finishing touches on back to back 1,300 yard plus receiving seasons and amassing, without knowing his final statistics this past Friday night, 67 receptions this year to go along with the 72 balls he caught last year. What is even more amazing than his gaudy stats is the fact Tinsley wasn’t an unknown commodity this year. Every opponent had to game plan to take that target away from Cambron and the pair still managed to find each other nearly 70 times with between 1,300 and 1,400 receiving yards on the season. Sometimes in football the hardest thing to do is exactly what the competition expects. You have to know it is no longer a surprise when the Panthers drop back to throw the ball, offensively, and one must reasonably expect the player to whom the pass will be thrown is Tinsley.
So what’s next for the pair from Owensboro, Kentucky as the two of them prepare for their Senior Year? Well, taking a look at the roster, Coach Matt Brannen would appear to be losing only 13 seniors from off an 88 player roster. We know both Tinsley and Cambron will be back for their senior seasons but the Panthers also return a 1,000 yard rusher in 6’0″ 180 pound RB, Junior Landon Newman. That certainly can’t be good news for the District opponents next year in Class 6A, District 1.
Congratulations to Joey Cambron for his Revolutionary Play which has earned him this week’s recognition from the fasting growing bank in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, your friends at Independence Bank. This is Fletcher Long reporting for Kentucky Prep Gridiron reminding you to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE!