Camdenton offense explodes in win at Parkview

Camdenton put on an offensive clinic Friday night at Parkview.

Whether it was on the ground or through the air, the Lakers found the end zone early and often in a scoring frenzy totaling 776 total yards of offense and the end result was a 70-34 win over the Vikings. It was the most points Camdenton has put up since hanging 58 at Rolla in 2014 and the most the team has put up since at least the beginning of the decade with the data that is available.

The Lakers scored on their first five possessions and never looked back as they took a 57-20 lead to halftime and went into cruise control. 

The “Hogs” up front among the offensive line lit the green light for Camdenton running backs opened up running lanes throughout the night as the Lakers put up 598 rushing yards. Senior fullback Todd Simpson led the assault with 228 yards on just four carries to go with two touchdowns that came on runs of 95 yards and 90 yards respectively. Sophomore running back Jeremy Bernabe and senior wide receiver Jake Hill also found pay dirt on runs of four yards and 14 yards. Last but not least, senior running back Jay Griffin- Camdenton’s leading rusher from 2016 who missed the first four games due to a knee injury in the jamboree- got a warm welcome back as he punched in a 5-yard score. 

The passing game proved to be just as deadly behind the arms of senior gunslinger Isaiah Lumley and the young sophomore Paxton DeLaurent. The former quarterback was sharp completing 10 of his 11 passes for 178 yards and three touchdowns while the latter’s only completion was a 17-yard touchdown pass. Hill led the receivers with 51 yards and a touchdown reception while senior tight end Luke Rasmussen made his only catch of the night count on a 3-yard touchdown reception of his own. Junior wideout Jaben Shockley was also reliable in the red zone with two catches for 19 yards and two touchdowns. 

Camdenton (4-1) will host a Rolla team (3-2) for Homecoming next week that is coming off a 41-34 win against Waynesville. With West Plains losing 28-26 to Joplin on Friday, the Ozark Conference title is still in play for the Lakers with four conference games left to go. 

The Lakers and Bulldogs will clash Friday night at 7 p.m.

Osage comes up short in shootout with Southern Boone

Football fans that enjoy offense did not have to look any further than the game School of the Osage and Southern Boone provided Friday night. 

The Indians and Eagles combined for a total of 106 points in a shootout from start to finish. Unfortunately for the Indians, the host Eagles ended up with the majority of them and sent the visitors home with a 55-51 defeat. 

Both sides went back and forth all night and Southern Boone led by as many as 14 points at the half, but Osage had no intention of going away and came storming right back. The Indians and Eagles exchanged the lead several times over the course of the night and ultimately, it became a game where the team to score last would likely come away on top. That team was almost Osage. 

After the Eagles regained the lead 55-51 with 2:01 remaining in the game, Osage was knocking on the doorstep in the final seconds- and had more than one chance to win it. After a pass interference penalty where Osage senior quarterback Zach Wheeler launched a pass into the end zone on the final play of the game, Wheeler got another shot and found junior wideout Dalton Depeé streaking across the middle of the field. However, the pass just missed the outstretched hands of Depeé and the shootout came to an end. 

By the time the clock hit zero, the Indians put up 611 total yards of offense.

Senior running back Nick Riley recorded a majority of those yards as he led the team in both rushing and receiving with 154 yards and three touchdowns on the ground and another 119 yards and a touchdown through the air. Wheeler finished his night completing 22 of his 33 pass attempts for 413 yards and touchdowns to four different receivers. Fellow senior running back Austin Magnuson put up 107 yards and a score, senior wideout Drake Gaines finished with 99 yards and a score and Depeé added 88 yards and a score respectively. Meanwhile, Magnuson also fueled the rushing attack with 66 yards and another touchdown of his own. 

Osage (3-2) will look to get back on track with a trip to Versailles Friday night at 7 p.m.

Versailles comeback comes up short at Warsaw

The comeback bid was nearly complete for Versailles. 

The Tigers traveled to Warsaw Friday night looking to pick up their second straight win of the season, but it did not come to pass as they fell to the Wildcats 28-21. After a tough goal line stand by the Versailles defense at the 1-yard line, the Tigers had a minute and 33 seconds to go 99 yards and tie it or take the lead. Unfortunately for Versailles, Warsaw found a way to hold on, even after the Tigers refused to go away trailing by two touchdowns twice in the contest.

Versailles sophomore quarterback did his best to keep the chains moving as he led the team with 141 of the Tigers’ 205 rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground while throwing for 173 yards and another touchdown to sophomore running back Brycen Reynolds. Senior running back Taylor Dobbins punched in the team’s other touchdown as he rushed for 49 yards of his own. Through the air, senior wideout Kooper Wilson led the passing attack with 81 yards on four receptions and junior wide receiver Wyatt Espinosa also hauled in four catches for 56 yards.

Warsaw did most of its damage on the ground, piling up 348 rushing yards on 50 carries and attempting just four passes on the evening. Wilson, at defensive back, and junior linebacker Michael Trotter did what they could to keep the Wildcats at bay as they paced the defensive unit with 15 tackles each.

Versailles (2-3) will turn its attention to School of the Osage for the Homecoming game Friday night at 7 p.m. The Indians are coming into the matchup off a tough 55-51 loss at Southern Boone.