Newly-promoted defensive coordinator Jeff Shore faces a tall order this football season. He follows outgoing coordinator Mike Silverwood, who devised some of the stingiest defenses in high school football and helped Camdenton win five state championships. After 35 years, Silverwood retired. Shore won't be the only new factor to the Lakers' defense.

 


Newly-promoted defensive coordinator Jeff Shore faces a tall order this football season. He follows outgoing coordinator Mike Silverwood, who devised some of the stingiest defenses in high school football and helped Camdenton win five state championships. After 35 years, Silverwood retired. Shore won't be the only new factor to the Lakers' defense.

Six Laker starters on defense have graduated. Five of those players played in the front-eight of Camdenton's 3-5 hybrid set, and all five earned postseason honors. Linemen Aaron Frederick and Clayton Melville, and linebackers Dylan Watts and Lee Tenenoff all plan to play college football this fall.

One constant will be Bob Shore, approaching his 36th season as the Lakers' head coach. Shore will get honorable mention all-conference lineman Derek van Kluyve back for his senior season. Van Kluyve will be one of three truly "downed" linemen in the Laker formation. Shore looks for others to step in.

"Eli Schmidt has had a good offseason and he will be inside," Shore said. Schmidt came off the bench in several games in 2009, and also looks to start at center on offense.

"Jordan Long started on the offense last year. If he comes around he should play well," Shore said.

Long started all 11 Camdenton games at offensive guard and saw his defensive role increase as the season wore on and injuries mounted.

Ends Chris Sullens and Levi Calvert return for their senior campaigns. Sullens and Calvert will line up in several spots, including on the line of scrimmage, as part of the hybrid defensive scheme that the Lakers run.

Shore and son Jeff will need to fill the more traditional linebacker positions that Watts and Tenenoff vacated by graduation. Several underclassmen have lined up as interior linebackers in training camp.

"Linebacker is probably the most wide open position we've got. Once we settle in and see--we've got four or five kids. Michael Salts is a good, tough kid that is looking to start there. If he doesn't, he may move to strong safety," Shore said.

Strong safety Alex Craig lined up alongside Tenenoff and Watts in the linebacking corps against running teams and moved back to cover wide receivers against spread offense teams. Craig was a second team all-Ozark Conference selection as a senior last year.

"We've been running Brice Babbs at linebacker in camp to see how he looks and he will definitely find a spot on defense," Shore said. "We've got Chase Nugent and Jake Voorhees, both sophomores, both nice, good sophomore players."

Laker Nation will get its first look at the new front-eight under coordinator Jeff Shore on August 20, when Camdenton hosts three schools, including Eldon, for its preseason jamboree.