This match might be even more important than the game against Lebanon last week for the Lakers. This Friday, the Kickapoo Chiefs and Camdenton Lakers will clash together in a battle which could very well be the deciding factor in the race for the Ozark Conference crown. As the only two teams left in the conference with an unblemished perfect record, the winner of this game will take the lead in the sprint to the finish, though there is plenty of racing left ahead in the 10-game season.
Camdenton has faced some tough opponents already in the conference, emerging with wins over Hillcrest and Lebanon, but they haven't faced anything like the high-octane performance of the Chiefs' offense. The powerful squad will truly put the Purple Haze to the test this week.
Coach: Jeff Shore
2012 Record: 8-4 Overall, 6-3 District
2013 Record: 3-0
Last Game: The Camdenton Lakers football team won Friday's away conference game against Lebanon by a score of 20-17.
Players to Watch:
Kullen Carlock, Sr. SB/DB: If you're talking Lakers this season, then you cannot go without mentioning the name of Kullen Carlock. The senior has returned this season, picking up right where he left off, and already averages over 80 receiving yards per game. Throw in 93 yards on just six carries, and opposing defenses take notice. Oh, and we forgot to mention this: only Brendan Babbs has more tackles than Carlock this season.
Tyler Cunningham, Sr. QB/LB/WR/TE: Cunningham plays at so many spots on this Laker team that it's almost impossible to keep track of him. He's a solid passer, a good runner, and has great hands. No matter where he lines up on the field, he is a playmaker.
Shayne Cook, Sr. FB/LB: On defense, Cook has been a beast this season. He has made three tackles for a loss this season and had a big sack against Lebanon last week. If Cook and the Purple Haze can get to Kickapoo's quarterback, they can make them think twice about passing the ball.
Coach: Joel Wells
2012 Record: 7-4 Overall, 6-3 District
2013 Record: 3-0
Last Game: The Kickapoo Chiefs football team won Friday's home conference game against Waynesville by a score of 36-6.
Players to Watch:
Senior QB Anthony Cooper accounted for 263 yards through the air and three touchdowns, part of the Chiefs' 477 total yards, and is already closing in on 1,000 passing yards this season, currently sitting at 737 in three games.
His top three weapons are Jamariqune Green, Corbin Harris and John Fuchs, and will be more than enough for the Camdenton defense to contain. The key matchup here will be the Lakers' secondary, led by Kullen Carlock and Ryan Elliott against the passing attack of the Chiefs.
Camdenton's Keys to Winning:
1. Maintain ball possession. Kickapoo's offense is more than capable of running up the score, so holding on to the ball as long as possible, and beating them in possession time will keep the Chiefs' offense off of the field, all while giving the Laker defense time to rest in between series.
2. Take an early lead. Last week, Camdenton quickly fell behind with two Lebanon touchdowns, but managed to work their way back to win the game. The team can't rely on that against Kickapoo this week, so they have to avoid digging holes and give themselves the chance to match the Chiefs step for step.
3. Contain Anthony Cooper. Cooper is a very talented quarterback, and has huge playmaking abilities, including a strong arm and great mobility. The Camdenton secondary is going to have to lock down their receivers in this match to walk away with a win.