The Camdenton Lakers made sure to make the most out of their homecoming game by putting up big numbers in their dominant victory over the Glendale Falcons. With a good balance on all fronts, the Lakers were able to control each quarter and come out on top, 68-34.

The Camdenton Lakers made sure to make the most out of their homecoming game by putting up big numbers in their dominant victory over the Glendale Falcons. With a good balance on all fronts, the Lakers were able to control each quarter and come out on top, 68-34.

Camdenton opened the game by forcing the Falcons to punt on a three and out. This would lead to the start of a big game for Junior Paxton Delaurent, as he would dive over the red zone pile to put up the team’s first score and move it to 7-0. Only a minute later, the Lakers would put another scoring drive together and go up 14-0. After forcing yet another punt, the Delaurent would make a big 68-yard pass to Senior Lathan Wise for the third touchdown of the quarter, putting them up 21-0.

However, Glendale would strike before the quarter expired with a passing touchdown of their own, shifting the balance a bit to 21-8. Camdenton spent little time to respond, getting in one last score of the quarter on the next possession with a pass from Delaurnet to Senior Andrew Butts to make the score at the end of the first quarter 27-8.

Much of the remainder of the night would see a mix of the same formula, as Glendale’s heavy air attack would see moderate success from time to time and find open lanes in the Laker defense. Special teams would come up big for the Lakers opening the second quarter, as Senior Gabe Kurtz would return an open drive punt for a touchdown. Glendale would strike back on the next possession for a touchdown and move the score to 33-16. Each team would find the endzone again before the half was over, with a score of 47-22 going into the locker rooms.

As the second half opened, the Lakers would make a few opening scores to seemingly put the finishing steps in place to close out the game. They would get two back to back touchdowns, including a 82-yard passing play from Delaurent, to put the score up to 61-22. The Lakers defense did struggle at times in the third quarter, allowing Glendale to strike back and move into quarter three with a score of 61-28.

Quarter four included much running clock, moving the pace to a faster rhythm. Both teams were able to find the endzone one final time before the clock expired and leave the score to rest with a final of 68-34.

Camdenton’s rushing attack did see a resurgence in the contest, putting up 166 yards total and accounting for 5 total touchdowns. Delaurent would end his big night with 456 passing yards, 42 rushing yards, four passing touchdowns, one interception, and one rushing touchdown. Kurtz would end his night with 6 catches for 165 yards and a punt return touchdown. Sophomore Eli Griffin ended his night with eight rushing attempts for 39 yards and two touchdowns. The team put together 31 first downs over the match.

The Lakers will have to rely on depth looking into the remainder of the season, as the match saw a number of major injuries plague the victory. On top of the broken leg that Junior Jase Nicklas endured at practice during the week, Junior Connor Thomas received a broken collarbone going into halftime. Butts also received an ankle injury in the second half.

Overall, Coach Jeff Shore thought the defense was able to adapt to Glendale’s high firing offense well. He says that Coach McDuffy and Coach Bruck worked hard with their squads to prepare and bring out a great effort.

“They are a dangerous offensive team, I think we ignited tonight,” Shore said.

Shore says that the team is fortunate to have such great depth in all positions and knows with the injuries taken that the team will have to rely on this depth looking forward. He says the fresh legs on the field were able to keep the team balanced with the heavy amount of snaps being taken. He commended Thomas for his great efforts in his first half before his injury and Butts as well, though recognized the depth behind those players who did their jobs well.