Coach: Jeff Shore
Season Record: 8-4 Overall, 6-3 District
At Home: 3-3
On the Road: 5-1
PF: 351 PA: 179
Gone is the strong senior class from the 2012 season. Murphy Ward, Chase Nugent, Cory Simpson, Kyle Rizer and Justin Bernabe, to name a few. Strong presences on the football field and in the locker room are hard to replace, and these were some of the best Camdenton has had to offer.
Now, it's up to a younger crew to step into the large shoes left behind by their predecessors.
A new signal-caller will take the helm of the Laker offense, a new run-game will be established with some new and some familiar faces.
"Fortunately, we have some guys that are coming in who are, in my book, some pretty good players who spent time behind some good players," Coach Jeff Shore said. "It's just a matter of getting them some seasoning and experience. Overall, we've got more players to choose from, but how it will come together has yet to be seen. Our job is to find the best combinations
Tyler Cunningham and Bo Dean will battle for the starting QB spot. With two talented athletes vying for the signal-caller position, it will give Coach Shore a variety of looks to choose from. In the end, the role will go to whichever player is best for the team, but make no mistake. Regardless of where these two line up on the field, they will be playmakers.
"They've both played a lot of quarterback," Shore said. "We're not going to rush to any decisions. They're both very good high school quarterbacks and great kids. It's a good problem to have."
The potential of how they could be used is unlimited. In a perfect world (for coaching), they could switch the two every play. It gives the Lakers an advantage against defenses because they never know who they might see and it also gives them the advantage of running some new schemes.
Luke Burris will see time at the running-back position after being a standout on the JV squad, along with Matt Endsley, the newly-transferred Josh Martin, formerly from St. Clair and Elijah Ollison.
Ryan Elliott and Kullen Carlock return as veteran starters, providing a strong receiving corps for whichever quarterback sees the field.
The offensive line has some catching up to do, with standouts Kyle Rizer and Jarrett Glissendorf both graduated, but the depth is still there. Henry Brownell anchors the line at tackle, with Zach Burns, Logan Sousley, Ace Martin, Alex Palomo and Isaiah Hills.
On defense, Coach Jeff Shore seems to be pleased with the way the Purple Haze is shaping up. Elliott and Carlock will both contribute on the defensive side of the ball, along with Jordan Webster, Elijah Ollison and Brendan Babbs.
"We're good. I feel like we're way ahead," Shore said. "Our defensive backfield is solid. The defensive line will be anchored by Wilsman and Colby (Rizer)."
The key to understanding this team is to think of it in terms of a well-oiled machine. If one key piece goes down, another is ready to go in. They are a team of interchangeable parts; multiple players know multiple positions, not to mention playing two ways in the game.
Game Night 2013: The Purple Haze returns a team of interchangeable parts
Coach: Jeff Shore