Nixa backs rushed a total of 30 times for over 300 yards on the ground. Senior Josh Liles carried the ball 16 times for 126 yards.
The Lakers expected a potent passing attack, but it was Nixa’s ground game that spelled doom in a 21-14 loss for Camdenton in the season opener.
Nixa backs rushed a total of 30 times for over 300 yards on the ground. Senior Josh Liles carried the ball 16 times for 126 yards. Fullback Kevin Shrauger scored two touchdowns, including the game winner, on a four carry, 39 yard night.
“I was surprised they were able to run the ball on us so well; I thought our run defense was better than that, but we didn’t tackle well,” Lakers Head Coach Bob Shore said.
Camdenton took a 6-0 lead early as senior quarterback Spencer Carlock capped off a drive with a six-yard touchdown pass to Cayden Shockley. Shockley finished the night with four receptions for 40 yards. He also scored a rushing touchdown and a two point conversion as the Lakers attempted to come back from a 21-6 deficit in the fourth quarter.
Shockley’s second touchdown cut the lead to 21-14, but Nixa recovered Camdenton’s onside kick with 1:30 left in the game and ran for a first down, then ran out the clock. Shore says his team will work on defending the run as the season progresses.
“The two things we really need to work on defensively are tackling--we’ve got to get fitted up, squared up on ball carriers--the other is defensive assignments. (Nixa) ran the veer a lot tonight on us, which they didn’t do in their jamboree, and we couldn’t get assignments changed on the field,” Shore said.
In his first start at quarterback for Camdenton, senior Spencer Carlock went 9-of-16 passing for 95 yards, a touchdown to Shockley, and three interceptions.
“Spencer did a good job for us. Like in first games, he made a couple of bad decisions--threw the ball into the crowd once--but he made some really fine plays too, made some really nice plays,” Shore said.
Shore says the Laker offense will work on improving its offensive output by reducing penalties, which stalled Camdenton’s final drive attempts several times in the second half.
Camdenton will be on the road against next Friday with a visit to JFK Stadium and a game against the Parkview Vikings.