Something happened this past weekend that hasn’t happened since 2012: all four area prep football teams got wins in the same weekend.
Not only did they all win, but they all won handily. The smallest margin of victory was the Camdenton Lakers’ 21-point margin over Hillcrest.
Camdenton’s was the most competitive game by a long shot actually. At halftime the Lakers held a lead by the narrowest of margins at 8-7.
It was then that Camdenton broke the game open by breaking Hillcrest’s will, going on a 80-yard drive to punch it in the end zone and take a lead that they would only build on from that point.
The other three games were never much of a contest.
Osage, the only team playing at home this past Friday night, stalled on its opening drive of the game but didn’t have much trouble scoring from there, whether it was through the air or on the ground. The defense swarmed to the talented Fulton ballcarriers all night long and was able to keep the Hornets’ passing game in check as well, allowing new head coach Devon Johnson to come away with his first win as the chief of the tribe.
Osage was able to get some playing time for some of its younger players late in its game, as was the case for Eldon.
The Mustangs faced the unique situation of being the first varsity opponent that Madison Prep had ever faced as Eldon welcomed the Bears on Saturday morning.
Eldon grinded out a victory, amassing over 300 yards on the ground and working the clock in typical Mustang fashion. The defense took full advantage of their ability to rest and made several stops in the backfield combined with six takeaways, scoring on one of the intereceptions they got.
The biggest story of the weekend could be the main reason why it had been so long since all four teams had won in the same weekend.
The Versailles Tigers came into Knob Noster on Friday having not won a game since 2012 and by some accounts underdogs to the Churchills.
The Tiger defense maimed the Knob Noster offense, not only pitching a shutout but also limiting the Churchills to a mere nine yards of total offense through the first half of play.
All four teams now stand at 1-0 on the season and will be back to work today to try to get to 2-0. Looking forward, perhaps this feat of all four teams winning will become a regular occurence.
The Lakers managed to hold Hillcrest to 14 points largely because of effort and rotating in fresh bodies. Dyllan Decker, CJ Santon and Justin Murdock all registered sacks. Trevor Casady intercepted a pass.
On offense: Josh Martin’s 26 carries for 249 yards and four touchdowns were the story of the game. Altogether the Lakers ran for 305 yards and added another 30 yards through the air. Joey Ginnings had two catches.
From the coach: “The offensive line really took charge of the game. Conditioning was a factor as well I believe. It was nice to be able to get several guys some carries out of the backfield. Our passing game is developing and that will be more involved as we get further into the season. The defense played fantastic, especially for really having no idea what Hillcrest was going to throw at them. They did a tremendous job of making in-game adjustments. Hillcrest is a quality team with playmakers on the offensive side. We had a ton of players playing a huge amount and making contributions on the defensive side of the ball and they all played hard. We also had a great crowd that traveled with us despite the heat and we really appreciate the support like that on the road.” - Jeff Shore.
On defense: Tristen Warny and Chris Lemen tied for the team lead in tackles with 3.5 each. The Mustangs intercepted four Madison passes. Warny got one pick, Graham Baucom got another and Josh Johns recorded the other two, taking one of them back for a touchdown. The Mustangs limited the Bears to 261 yards of total offense and recovered two fumbles.
On offense: Levi Shinn scored two rushing touchdowns and led the Mustangs in rushing yards with 145 on 15 carries, averaging nearly 10 yards per attempt. Nick Hendrix led Eldon in passing with 40 yards, going 4 for 7. Hunter Lawless led the team in receiving yards with 25. Jacob Whittle led the team in catches with three.
From the coach: “Again I thought our number ones did a good job out there. Our number twos still need work and that needs to improve so we can be deep. Seeing Levi [Shinn] kick the ball the way he did was an exciting thing and it gives us a competitive advantage. I’m worried about our long-snapping because that could become a problem for us going forward. It’s no secret that we like to run the ball and we’re trying to get to the point where we are two or three deep at the running back position, so it was good to see several of our guys get carries.” - Shannon Jolley.
On defense: Holding Fulton to 14 points came partly because of swarming defense which didn’t allow the Hornets room to operate and also through getting takeaways. The Indians intercepted two passes, one of which Brandon Russell returned for a touchdown. The Indians held running back Noah Braun to just one yard rushing and wide reciever Dez Gibson to only 28 yards. Jeb Roberston recorded a sack.
On offense: Quarterback Alex Riley had a great night, throwing two touchdown passes of 31 and 15 yards to Robertson and sneaking in for another score on the ground from less than a yard out. Justin Heiser added a 52 yard touchdown run and Jake Ulmer notched a 32 yard run for a score as well.
From the coach: “We challenged our guys from the very beginning to play hard and play fast. We hope that we prepare them well as a staff and I really feel like the kids took on that challenge. Our guys have been absolutely unbelievable. All summer they have worked extremely hard, we’ve had great attendance in the weight room. Over the past three weeks our guys have grinded in the heat and finally you have a chance to come out and showcase that and our guys stepped up to the challenge.” - Devon Johnson
On defense: The Tigers were extremely stingy, limiting Knob Noster to only one first down and 17 yards of total offense for the game. Dylan Ballew was among the Versailles tackle leaders. The Tigers also registered a sack, didn’t allow a pass to be completed, and Sean Varner intercepted a pass.
On offense: Taylor Dobbins led the team with 98 rushing yards as the Tigers amassed 281 yards of total offense. Quarterback Mike Allen went 6-11 for 95 yards and a touchdown pass to Kaden Wilson.
From the coach: “We struggled in the jamboree in tackling so we worked on that a lot during practice throughout the week. It showed during the game as weren’t perfect on it, but for most of the game our tackling was very sound. They run the option, so we had to be very disciplined in our reads and not over-react, If you do that consistently, you can beat an option team. Our guys did a fantastic job of being disciplined, knowing their assignments and making the play. We probably could have put up some more points on offense but we had a couple drives that we stalled out on, mostly because we rotated less on offense. I’d like to give credit to my coordinators, Jake Evans, Darren Koeing and Daniel Eidson for putting together a great game plan.” - Brock Silvers.