Waynesville, Mo. – There's nothing the Camdenton Lakers love more than defeating a rival, especially if that rival is the Waynesville Tigers. Celebrating homecoming at their brand new football field, the Tigers were pumped for the Friday night matchup between the Tigers and their longtime rival, the Camdenton Lakers, and the chance to win.
But the Lakers had different plans, spending the next four quarters of their season spoiling the Tigers' night with a 30-6 win.
The Tigers' game plan for Friday's homecoming football contest was to make the Camdenton Lakers' offense one-dimensional.
Waynesville's defense did its part by holding Camdenton to less than 85 rushing yards, but the Lakers' Bo Dean (QB, Sr.) outshined the Tiger secondary when it mattered most.
Though the Lakers only finished the night with a total of 266 net yards, (five less than Waynesville) they were able to find the end-zone three times in the game, with Bo Dean connecting with Kullen Carlock for 96 yards and two touchdowns on the night, including a leap between two Tigers in the endzone early in the third quarter to push the Lakers out front even further, 23-0.
Matt Endsley also found the end-zone for a score to go along with his 62 rushing yards, but the best score of the night had to Elijah Ollison's interception, which he returned 75 yards for a score. The Purple Haze proved to be too much for Waynesville, as the Lakers got to the quarterback three times for the sack and tackled their opponents for a loss nine times in the game.
Bo Dean continued to play smart and accurately, throwing 17 passes for 185 yards on 25 attempts, but was sacked four times in the game by Waynesville. He evaded three other sacks on the night, though.
Mason Bennett also had a good night, kicking a 31-yard field goal, but missed a 41-yard attempt later on.
Waynesville's only score came late in the game, as just like in previous weeks, the Tiger offense stalled in the red zone.
On the plus side for the Tigers, they finished with 271 yards of total offense—including 143 passing yards—nearly 20 yards better than Camdenton's average defensive yards per game this season (252.3).
Camdenton's next opponent comes this Friday as the Lakers travel to Joplin to take on the 4-3 Eagles.