Camdenton is looking to shake up the formula this year and take the conference by storm. Coach Jeff Shore says they had to look at their personnel before starting season practices and redesign the way this team would function.
Camdenton is looking to shake up the formula this year and take the conference by storm. Coach Jeff Shore says they had to look at their personnel before starting season practices and redesign the way this team would function. In order to accomplish this, the first step was looking at the numbers.
After losing a number of experienced seniors last season, and going 8-3 overall, Shore says they now have a dense group in each position, though with less overall playtime. Shore saw this as an opportunity to try something new. He says this year, fans should expect to see the teams running quick plays at a constant rate. Shore hopes to get off 90 snaps a game and continually recycling players in and out of the field to keep them fresh while wearing the opponent down.
Over the summer, Shore says they have been working a lot on throwing and catching. This is due to the heavy emphasis the offense will take in the passing game. As it is seen in much fewer schemes on the high school level, Shore says it will be to their benefit to always be directing the flow of the game.
“We are hoping to get in as many plays as possible and tire out the team as quickly as we can,” Shore said.
The offense will run a five-wide scheme in order to accommodate the heavy air attack. The run game will still see a helping of the typical playbook. Shore says they are looking at a 13-player deep receiving core, which is how they will be able to constantly pull players off and on.
The team has 25 returning letterman. Senior Gabe Kurtz will be one of the only starting senior receiving players to lead the group with experience, while relying on Jon Lumley and Luke Rasmussen as the only seniors on the offensive line. Other offensive players to watch out for include Junior Jace Nicklas in the slot and Senior Cash Calton, new to the starting core, at wide receiver.
“The rhythm of substitution will be important to get into our core team function,” Shore said.
At QB, Shore says their starter Junior Paxton DeLaurent has been doing a good job to get his arm ready. He says he has really taken to the position, which is a quality he likes to see. He says that many times, big plays will come from broken plays, which makes DeLaurent’s ability to scramble so important.
Alongside veteran coach Nick Bruck, Shore says new additions Freshman Coach Cole Walker and Defensive End Coach Charlie Gordon have been helping to further develop the defensive group. With so many different offensive styles seen throughout high school offenses, Shore says they have stressed to be ready to adjust on the fly.
Not much is changing with the defense, that will be running a 3-4 scheme. Shore says the secondary will run similar to the offense, as they will try to switch out players frequently to keep everyone fresh. He says the secondary is looking deep and is confident in it running forward.
Much of the same is to be said of the linebacking core, which Shore says will see few changes but rather an attempt to strengthen. Safety Gabe Kurtz will make his return to the core, while also seeing a return of defensive back Andrew Butts. New to the linebacking crew include Senior Linebacker Riley Stidham and Senior Linebacker Garrett Stamper.
As a whole, Shore says the chemistry the team has built will be their greatest strength. He says the team has brought a great attitude to the field and knows that, though their overall experience level may make them a conference underdog, they will compete in every matchup.
“I love the spirit of this team, they practice hard and lay it on the line,” Shore said.
WEEK ONE TALE OF THE TAPE
Camdenton 2017 Finish: 8-3
Waynesville 2017 Finish: 0-10
Camdenton 2017 PF: 35.3
Camdenton 2017 PA: 25.9
Waynesville 2017 PF: 25.5
Waynesville 2017 PA: 44.3