Camdenton wins fifth straight in thumping of Waynesville

Camdenton remains in the hunt for the Ozark Conference title.

The state-ranked Class 4 No. 8 Lakers visited conference foe Waynesville Friday night looking to stay atop the conference standings with Joplin and they managed to do just that with a 28-7 win over the winless Tigers. It was yet another game where the Camdenton rushing attack was relentless as the "Hogs" took care of business up front and allowed the team to dictate the tempo and rush for a total of 294 yards and four touchdowns. 

Camdenton did not waste any time finding the end zone. On the team's first play from scrimmage, senior fullback Seth Harris returned from his 1-game suspension with a bang as he dashed 57 yards to the house to quickly put the Lakers up 7-0.

Then the Lakers lined up and did it again. Camdenton kept their second drive alive drawing Waynesville offsides on fourth-and-short and Harris made a spectacular leaping one-handed grab on a pass from senior quarterback Isaiah Lumley to put the Lakers in the red zone. On the very next play, senior running back Jay Griffin ran in a 15-yard touchdown untouched to make it 14-0.

Both sides decided to be a little generous over the next few possessions. Harris, who also plays defensive back, was just as much of a thorn in the side of the Tigers defensively as he stalled a pair of Waynesville drives with two interceptions and senior defensive end Bo Shore also recovered a fumble at the Tiger 3-yard line. However, the Lakers also had their fair share of turnovers with a pair of fumbles including one that rolled out the back of the end zone for a touchback and cost Camdenton some points.

The Tigers managed to cut the deficit in half to 14-7 before halftime though with a short touchdown run of their own. Unfortunately for Waynesville, it would be the only score of the night.

Camdenton's offense marched right back down the field to start the second half, but came up empty on fourth down at the Tiger 4-yard line. The "Purple Haze" defense set them right back up though as senior defensive lineman Luke Rasmussen recovered a fumble at the Waynesville 8-yard line. Moments later, senior fullback Todd Simpson flew over the line for a 1-yard run to make it 21-7. The final score of the night came from senior slotback Jackson Ezard as he ran 31 yards untouched on a misdirection play.

Harris led the ground game with 76 yards and two scores on 12 carries while Ezard added 70 yards and a score on six carries, Griffin put up 29 yards and a score on two runs and Simpson finished with six carries for 22 yards respectively. Lumley finished the night completing six of his nine passes for 98 yards and senior wideout Jacob Hill hauled in three receptions for 45 yards. Defensively, the Lakers held Waynesville to a mere 121 yards of total offense. 

Now the Lakers (6-1) turn their attention to a 6-1 Joplin team Friday night in a pivotal matchup that could decide the conference title. The Lakers will take the field in Joplin at 7 p.m.

Late surge pushes Blair Oaks past Osage

For three quarters it was even keel when Osage hosted Tri-County Conference leader Blair Oaks for Homecoming Friday night.

Then the Falcons found their groove. With the score tied at 26 midway through the third quarter, Blair Oaks scored 26 unanswered points and remained unbeaten in conference play with a 52-26 win over the Indians. 

Blair Oaks got on the board first with a 10-yard touchdown pass and a successful 2-point conversion to make it 8-0 midway through the first quarter. However, Osage came storming back and scored three unanswered touchdowns to take a 19-8 lead with just over eight minutes to go before halftime.

It began with a 50-yard bomb from senior quarterback Zach Wheeler to senior wide receiver Drake Gaines. The next touchdown came on a 23-yard pass from Wheeler to senior running back Austin Magnuson and that was soon followed up by a blocked punt return from senior Josh McCubbin who took the ball 13 yards to the house.

But there was plenty of time left on the clock and Blair Oaks had plenty of resolve. The Falcons answered back with a 5-yard touchdown run and a 43-yard touchdown pass to regain the lead at 20-19 just before halftime.

The Blair Oaks offense came out hot with another 43-yard touchdown pass and Osage fired right back with a 7-yard touchdown pass from Wheeler to junior tight end Garrett Sutherland on 4th-and-goal to tie it up at 26.

From that point on, it was all Blair Oaks. A 10-yard touchdown run gave the Falcons the lead for good and the defense kept Osage at bay with a fumble recovery and interception. Blair Oaks found the end zone three more times on touchdown runs of 51, two and 17 yards respectively to create the final margin. 

Osage (4-3) will look to bounce right back when the Indians visit Highway 54 rival Eldon Friday night at 7 p.m.

Osage stats will be added as soon as they become available