Central opened the season with a 30-27 win at Muscatine, then lost 33-7 to Bettendorf last Friday.
“They came out and played pretty well (against Bettendorf),” Camp said.
Like Central, Clinton has a pair of runners with triple-digit run totals this year. Twins Dustin (22 carries, 156 yards) and Alex (16 for 106) Caldwell lead the way for Clinton, which has a 2:1 run-pass ratio.
The Kings appear to have an edge in the passing game, though. Senior quarterback Eric Maddasion has completed 16 of 31 passes for 256 yards.
Clinton’s offense was almost non-existent in the first half last week, though. Central’s defense could pose a problem, Camp said.
“Their defense is pretty aggressive,” he said. “They use a unique alignment, kind of a 5-2 with an eagle on one side and a linebacker on the other. Hopefully we’ve been able to see it (on tape) and recognize it.”
Clinton’s offense suffered a major blow earlier this week when the Kings learned that senior lineman DJ Bessellieu, who suffered a knee injury against North, would be lost for the season.
“We were hopeful until yesterday,” Camp said. “He’s a kid with a really good future. He was playing up to the level of Jacob Judd (a senior last year now at Western Illinois) at that point last year and was showing some great leadership.”
Making matters worse, Ryan Milroy, who replaced Bessellieu at tackle, and defensive lineman Darean Witt have been battling the flu this week. If Milroy can’t play, Thomas Smith would get the call at left tackle in addition to his duties on defense.
“Then it’s another two-way player (if Smith goes both ways), and that puts a wrench in it there,” Camp said.
While Camp wouldn’t classify the game as a must-win more so than any other since all MAC games are conference contests, both teams are in a portion of their schedules with winnable games that will help them in their playoff quests.