After all, Brady was trying to replace all-everything running back Mike Rogers and his more than 1,700 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns. Brady also had to replace graduated quarterback Ricky James with Jawan Nobles, who had yet to start a game.
Consider the first test at Campbell a success after a 48-6 dismantling of South Atlanta.
The margin of victory was the Spartans’ largest since 2007 when they defeated Murray County 55-0.
Nobles threw for 252 yards and four touchdowns, and he also rushed for 60 yards to help lead Campbell to its season-opening victory. This came after the junior had been told that he wasn’t quarterback material by every coach except for Brady.
“I’ve been told by every other coach at every other school and youth program that I wasn’t quarterback material,” Nobles said. “Coach Brady is the first coach who believed in me and he helped me believe in myself.
“He really helps me read linebackers and defenses in every practice, and that’s what I was able to do out there (Friday).”
The first score of the night came late in the first quarter when Nobles hit Cameron St. Cyr with a 12-yard pass.
Demetri Spearman gave the Spartans a two-touchdown lead midway through the second quarter on his 1-yard run up the middle. Kahj Huitt stretched the Campbell lead to 21-0 at the 5:03 mark of the second quarter on another 1-yard run.
After Nobles was intercepted on Campbell’s next drive, Demetrius Ford connected with Marteveous Favors on a 50-yard touchdown pass to cut the Campbell lead to 21-6. But the Spartans came right back on a 12-yard scoring pass from Nobles to St. Cyr with less than 1 minute left in the first half.
The Spartans broke the game open in the third quarter on a pair of long touchdown passes. Nobles first connected with St. Cyr on a 61-yard scoring strike, and then Chauncey Werah for a 41-yard touchdown. Werah finished the game with 106 receiving yards, while St. Cyr had 85.
After a miniature Gatorade ice bottle bath, Brady said he was proud of his first win at Campbell.
“We obviously made some mistakes out there,” he said. “But putting my first win under my belt and starting a new future at Campbell feels great. We have some great athletes here at Campbell.”