Joplin, Mo. – A little wet weather can't slow the Lakers down.
The Camdenton squad weathered the rain on Friday night in Joplin, and advanced to 7-1 on the season after a 42-21 win over the Eagles.
The Lakers came out firing on all cylinders, as QB Bo Dean used the solid protection from his offensive line to find Kullen Carlock on back-to-back passing plays, putting the Lakers at Joplin's 13-yard line. Te drive was capped off with a pass to Ryan Elliott for the touchdown for a 7-0 lead.
A bad snap for Joplin was recovered on the next drive by Carlock in the red-zone, and the Lakers quickly added to their lead with a pass from Dean to Tyler Schieg for a 14-0 lead.
Joplin found some footing on their next drive, working in to field goal range, but after a timeout, the Eagles' kick fell short with a minute to go in the first quarter.
Taking over at their own 25, Camdenton pulled some trickery on the Joplin defense after working their way down to the red-zone once again, as Kullen Carlock found Bo Dean for a touchdown on a reverse-pass from 19-yards out.
Camdenton managed to score once more in the first half, this time with the defense coming up big, as Sheyne Cook sacked the Joplin QB, forcing a fumble, which Camdenton recovered, and Dean promptly put the ball in the air for a Carlock touchdown reception to end the half leading 28-0.
Joplin finally found some headway in the second half, taking their first drive to the end-zone to get on the board for the first time with a 23-yard touchdown run by Adam Norsworthy.
Camdenton would answer on their next drive after a nice return by Ryan Elliott, but Elliott was taken out of the game by an illegal hit, which moved the Lakers 15-yards closer to the their goal. Dean eventually punched it in on the ground to give the Lakers a 35-7 lead.
Joplin continued to punish themselves, as another turnover was recovered by the Lakers, this time a fumble with Brigham Arnold recovering. With another pass to Carlock, Dean threw his fourth touchdown of the night, and the accelerated clock began.
Leading 42-7 in the third quarter, the Lakers would not score again in the game, but continued to pressure Joplin and force turnovers, as Elijah Ollison picked off a pass at the Lakers own 15 to prevent a score.
With the varsity finished for the night, the Lakers' JV defense allowed the Eagles to score two more times late in the game on a Norsworthy run from 16 yards out and a Zack Gaudette reception on a 15-yard TD pass from Skyler Duley.
Page 2 of 2 - Duley, a junior making his first varsity start, rushed for 41 yards and threw for 116 yards.
His Camdenton counterpart, Bo Dean, finished the night 11-for-21 with 139 passing yards and four touchdowns, along with 42 yards rushing and a touchdown on nine carries.
Kullen Carlock finished with another monster night, catching eight balls for 113 yards and two touchdowns.
But the best performance may go to Shayne Cook, who sacked the Joplin QB three times and forced a fumble on the night. For those of you keeping count, Cook now has seven of the team's 18 sacks on the season.
The Lakers headed home with their seventh win of the season finishing the game with roughly 100 fewer yards than their season average, but that can be attributed to being put in such good field position by the Joplin turnovers (five forced fumbles and two interceptions on the night, and turning it over within their own 30-yard line four times).
Camdenton's last game of the regular season comes against Glendale, a 1-7 team, their only win coming against the winless Rolla Bulldogs. It will be senior night for the Lakers at the JOD, and the Lakers will be looking to pick up that final regular season win. The Lakers have already secured their spot as the number one seed in the district tournament, giving them a first-round bye.
Update: After the hit, Ryan Elliott was taken to a Joplin hospital to rule out an internal injury and was released.