Eldon stays perfect with dominating win over Southern Boone

Eldon remains unbeaten in 2017 after taking down visiting Southern Boone 29-7 in the Tri-County Conference opener Friday night at Victor Field. 

After last week’s shootout with Owensville, the Mustangs left little doubt in week three as they held a commanding 22-0 lead by halftime and never looked back. 

Last week it was senior running back Isaiah Merida who led the offensive charge. This time, it was junior running back Isaiah Parsons who marched the Mustangs downfield as he rushed for a team leading 141 yards (5 yards per carry) and four touchdowns. Merida added 112 yards of his own (6.2 yards per carry) to keep the chains moving and the team rushed for 291 yards overall. 

The Mustang defense was just as sharp allowing Southern Boone to complete just 27 percent of its passes for 48 yards while allowing 77 rushing yards for just 125 total yards of offense. Junior Dawson Brandt had a team-leading six tackles and senior Trenton Dillon had no trouble hunting down the quarterback with three of the team’s four total sacks. 

Eldon (3-0) will visit undefeated Blair Oaks Friday night in a battle for the top of the conference. After knocking off state-ranked Owensville, the Mustangs will have an opportunity to take down another state-ranked team as the Falcons were the No. 3 team in Class 3 before week three. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Camdenton reclaims Highway 5 trophy in win over Lebanon

The Highway 5 trophy is coming back to Camdenton. 

The Lakers visited rival Lebanon Friday night and outlasted the Yellowjackets with a 28-20 win in a game where Camdenton did not have to attempt a single pass. Last week, the Lakers saw their comfortable lead slip away against West Plains. This time, Camdenton took a 21-17 lead into halftime and had no intentions of giving it up as the Lakers protected it the rest of the way.

Lebanon struck first with a touchdown on the opening drive and would not be an easy team to stop as the Yellowjackets rushed for a total of 352 yards on the night. However, Camdenton immediately responded as senior wide receiver and kick returner Jake Hill displayed his All-State track speed with a 90-yard return to the house. 

Lebanon regained the lead, but Camdenton was just as explosive on its first play from scrimmage as senior fullback Todd Simpson ran right up the middle for a 48-yard touchdown. The Lakers followed it up with a successful 2-point conversion run from fellow senior fullback Seth Harris and went on top 15-14 for the team’s first lead by the end of the first quarter.

After a Lebanon field goal, Camdenton’s offense stayed in rhythm and Harris punched in a 1-yard score to give his team the lead for good. The Lakers scored on the opening drive of the second half as a 4th-and-4 conversion run from Harris was followed up by a 34-yard touchdown run by Simpson to make it 28-17. 

Then the “Purple Haze” defense dug in. A Yellowjacket drive that was gaining momentum was immediately halted as sophomore linebacker Ryan Maasen sacked the quarterback and caused a fumble that was recovered by sophomore defensive lineman Mason Kinney at Camdenton’s 28-yard line. The Lakers gave up just one more field goal the rest of the night. Needing a touchdown to tie it, Lebanon coughed up the football one more time on a screen play and junior defensive back Andrew Butts recovered the ball to seal it and bring the trophy back to Camdenton for the first time since 2014.

Thanks to the “Hogs” among the offensive line, Camdenton dominated the ground game with a total of 246 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Simpson led the way with 124 yards and two scores while Harris put up 60 yards and a touchdown and Hill dashed for 30 yards on three carries respectively.

Camdenton (2-1) will look to stay in the win column with Ozark Conference foe Kickapoo coming to town Friday night at 7 p.m.

Osage cruises by Hallsville in conference opener 

School of the Osage hosted Hallsville in the Tri-County Conference opener Friday night and the host Indians had no trouble dispatching the visiting Indians in a 31-6 win. 

Osage built up a 31-0 lead through three quarters of play and never looked back. Senior running back Nick Riley got things started with a 1-yard touchdown run midway through the first quarter, senior wide receiver Drake Gaines followed it up with a 35-yard touchdown run and senior running back Austin Magnuson punched in a 5-yard run to give the Indians a 19-0 lead by halftime. 

Early in the third quarter, Riley found some daylight again and took a 42-yard run to the house. The final Osage touchdown came through the air as senior quarterback Zach Wheeler hit junior wideout Dalton Depeé for a 7-yard strike with just over four minutes remaining in the third. 

Wheeler was sharp under center, completing 16 of his 26 pass attempts for 151 yards and two touchdowns while throwing just a single interception. Gaines led the team with 70 receiving yards on six receptions and Depeé hauled in six passes as well for 50 yards. Meanwhile, Riley punished Hallsville tacklers with 114 rushing yards on just nine carries and fellow running back Magnuson put up 45 yards of his own in the win.

On the defensive side, the Indian defense made the opponents earn their six points as they were a constant force with 12 total tackles for a loss. Riley and Magnuson led the way with 13 total tackles each. Osage was also opportunistic with interceptions from senior Ian Riley and sophomore Matt Hans along with a fumble recovery from Depeé.

Osage got back in the win column and the Indians will look to keep it that way when they visit Warsaw Friday night at 7 p.m