Osage, Camdenton, Eldon and Versailles

Osage looking to bounce back in Tri-County Conference opener at California

School of the Osage could not quite find its footing on a rain-soaked field at Moberly Friday night.

After a half hour delay, the Indians and Spartans went to battle but the night belonged to the hosts as they handed the visitors a 34-0 shutout in the first meeting between the two sides since 2015. Moberly held just a 7-0 advantage at the break, but the Spartans scored on all four possessions in the second half to run away with it putting up about 381 total yards of offense to Osage’s 84.

Moberly’s first score of the night came near the end of the first quarter on a 59-yard dash to the end zone and was followed by a 12-yard touchdown pass and runs of 32 yards, eight yards and four yards respectively. Meanwhile, Osage never managed to enter the red zone.

The Indians compiled 70 rushing yards on 46 carries with sophomore tailback Jack Dulle leading the way as he totaled 40 yards on the ground. Sophomore running back Kennan Webb contributed 22 rushing yards while senior quarterback Dalton Depeé put up 18 yards on the ground and completed four of his nine pass attempts for 14 yards and an interception.

Osage (1-1) will look to bounce back in a trip to California Friday night for the Tri-County Conference opener with the Pintos.

It has been a tough start for California (0-2) after losses at home to Warrensburg and Mexico where the Pintos have been outscored 77 to 22. California will also be looking for its first win against Osage since 2015 in a fairly even matchup where Osage has won five of the eight games in the series dating back to the start of the decade.

The Indians can add to that resume and add another notch to the win column if an offense that is averaging 212 rushing yards per game can get flowing once more. It will start up front in the trenches and as long as there is some push up front and protection for Depeé, Osage has plenty of weapons in its arsenal behind the dual-threat quarterback.

The senior field general has accumulated just 74 yards with a touchdown and interception after completing eight of 15 pass attempts so far, but the passing game has yet to be fully unleashed as he is also the team’s leading rusher with 158 yards and a touchdown on the ground averaging 7.2 yards per carry. Meanwhile, junior Jack Dulle has been a solid asset in the run game as well with 109 yards and a 4.9 yard per carry average while junior running back Matt Hans has led the receiving game with two catches for 38 yards and a score. Overall, nine different players have ran the ball at least, five different players have hauled in a pass and four different players have found the end zone so it is simply a matter of putting it all together.

Osage’s defense may have had a tough night in Moberly, but the unit has already amassed 11 tackles for a loss and forced four turnovers behind the tackling of a pair of junior linebackers in Drew Edwards (21) and James Hutchcraft (19) while Depeé has added 17 as a defensive back. Despite the lopsided loss, it was only a 7-0 game at halftime so the Indians will try to establish some consistency.

The Indians and Pintos will go to battle at 7 p.m.

Camdenton seeking revenge in visit to conference foe West Plains

Camdenton kept the highly-paced momentum going this week with solid performances on all fronts during its victory against Parkview on Friday. The team’s home opener saw a number of standout performances and eventually culminated in a 44-6 victory for the Class 4 No. 5 ranked team in the state of Missouri.

Coming off a 49-0 victory in their season debut, the team looked to continue pushing the air attack in their five-wide offensive scheme and take Parkview by surprise. It seems that the strategy prevailed as the Vikings had few answers throughout the night to the junior Paxton DeLaurent-led offense.

DeLaurent started the night with a 91-yard touchdown pass to senior tailback Lathan Wise and a 6-yard strike to senior wideout Cash Calton made it 14-0 by the end of the first quarter. The junior gunslinger then added a touchdown with his legs on a 16-yard scramble to extend the lead to 21-0 by halftime.

Sophomore tailback Eli Griffin found the end zone on a 6-yard run early in the third quarter and DeLaurent found Calton again on a 12-yard touchdown toss to give the Lakers a comfortable 35-0 advantage before the Vikings could respond. Parkview’s offense finally broke free in the third quarter on a 3-yard touchdown run, but DeLaurent’s arm stayed intact and promptly responded with a 21-yard touchdown pass to senior wideout Jaben Shockley. Sophomore kicker Luke Galbreath delivered the final blow on a 22-yard field goal through the uprights.

DeLaurent finished the night 21-38 for 350 yards, four touchdowns and an interception while adding 46 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Meanwhile, Wise led the receiving corps with 113 yards and a score while Shockley hauled in three catches for 99 yards and a touchdown, junior tailback Jase Nicklas contributed six receptions for 91 yards, senior wideout Gabe Kurtz put up three catches for 42 yards and Calton had three catches and 27 yards to go with his two touchdowns. Defensively, Kurtz and fellow senior defensive back Dylan Tufts led the effort with five tackles each.

Camdenton (2-0) will look to keep its momentum going and exact revenge on Friday in a road trip to Class 4 No. 6 West Plains (2-0). The Zizzers have dominated the early going, shutting out Hillcrest and Rolla by a combined score of 91 to 0 and have been a thorn in the Lakers’ side with two straight one-point wins. However, if Camdenton can continue to effectively utilize all of its weapons in an offense averaging 327 yards and 46.5 points per contest and the defense can remain just as impressive allowing 178.5 yards per game and a total of six points through two games, the Lakers may very well be able to change that trend.

The battle of state-ranked teams will commence at 7 p.m.

Eldon seeking to keep record unblemished in battle with Hallsville

The last two times Eldon met Owensville, it took a fairly large amount of points to take down the Dutchmen.

The Class 3 state-ranked No. 7 Mustangs did not have to put up nearly as many on Friday night as they secured a 34-6 win on the road to move to 2-0. After two high-scoring shootouts a season ago that featured a pair of Eldon wins by final scores of 72-69 and 70-53, the Mustangs built a 26-0 lead by halftime against the team they have faced in the past two district championship games and cruised the rest of the way.

Eldon scored on all but one of its possessions in the first half and the team was more than happy to take advantage of four Owensville turnovers led by senior safety Dawson Brandt’s two interceptions.

Senior running back Isaiah Parsons led the charge offensively, accumulating 138 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries. Meanwhile, the quarterback Brandt completed five of his 10 pass attempts for 96 yards and rushed for 65 more while running in two touchdowns while junior running back Logan Hall added 89 yards on the ground and hauled in three passes for another 38 yards respectively. Before the night was through, the Mustangs piled on 410 yards of offense on the Dutchmen defense.

Now, Eldon will look to remain unbeaten and keep its nice start going when the Mustangs come home to open up Tri-County Conference play against Hallsville on Friday at 7 p.m.

Hallsville’s season has started out just the opposite as the Indians are 0-2 after losses to Father Tolton and Ava by a combined score of 60 to 16 including a 31-0 shutout last week. By comparison, Eldon has outscored opponents 76 to 32 so far and the Mustangs would be more than happy to continue that trend.

Brandt has been a steady force at quarterback for the defending district champions in his senior campaign as the team’s leading rusher with 315 yards (9.8 yards per carry) and four touchdowns on the ground to go with another 136 yards and a touchdown through the air. Parson’s legs have also been stable as the senior has put up 203 yards (5.5 yards per carry) and six touchdowns while junior running back Logan Hall has emerged as the team’s top receiving threat with five receptions for 85 yards and a score.

However, with six different Mustang ball carriers that have at least one carry and four different receivers who have already logged at least one reception, it is not so simple for opposing defenses to divert all the attention to just a handful of players.

On the defensive side of the ball, Brandt has been just as active at safety, leading the team with 12 tackles while forcing a fumble and snatching two interceptions. Meanwhile, Parsons has contributed six tackles and a forced fumble as a linebacker and senior defensive back Trenton Phillips has put up five tackles respectively.

If numbers like these remain steady, Eldon has a good chance of picking up its fourth straight win over Hallsville in a series the Mustangs have dominated by winning seven of the past eight since 2010.

Versailles looking for solid start in conference play against state-ranked Southern Boone

The fourth quarter belonged to Versailles Friday night at Buffalo.

With the score tied at 21 in the fourth quarter and the momentum on Buffalo’s side after the Bison erased a two-touchdown deficit, the Tigers decided to make a statement and did so in convincing fashion with a series of big plays on both sides of the ball that led to a 35-21 win for the program’s first of the season.

“It was everyone,” said Versailles junior quarterback Coby Williams who led the Tigers to a pair of game-winning touchdown drives in the final frame to seal it. “We are all in this together and we just told them to do their jobs, stick with it and it will work out in the end and it did.”

Well, it is certainly ok for Williams to take a little credit. After all, he converted a pair of 4th-down plays to keep those drives alive and ended Buffalo’s night by snagging an interception while playing safety.

His night got off to a fairly nice start as well.

It began in the first quarter after an empty first drive where Versailles struck first and quickly found the end zone when Williams found a wide open receiver in senior Wyatt Espinosa who hauled in the pass and took it 61 yards to the house to make it 7-0. After the Tiger defense forced Buffalo to its second straight three-and-out, Williams converted a 4th-and-1 run at the Buffalo 21-yard line and senior running back Michael Trotter finished things off with a 6-yard touchdown run to give his team a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter.

But Buffalo decided to respond with a 43-yard touchdown run to chop the deficit in half on the ensuing drive. A recovery on the ensuing kickoff kept the Bison momentum going, but the next series came up empty and Versailles answered back with a methodical 80-yard drive that took just over four minutes of clock. Williams went to junior wideouts Payton Lafoy and Brayden Morrison for a couple of quick strikes to compliment the run game and it culminated with Williams 4-yard quarterback draw to extend the lead to 21-7 with 3:05 left to go in the half.

Then, Buffalo came storming out for the second half and used a pair of empty Versailles possessions to their advantage as they marched down the field with the counter run that culminated in a 2-yard touchdown run and 4-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 21 with 34.4 seconds remaining in the third quarter. Each drive only took about two minutes to complete.

The momentum was with Buffalo, but it would not last. The first Versailles scoring drive that began to deflate Buffalo’s momentum and gave the Tigers back the lead went for 73 yards, soaked up over six minutes of clock and culminated with a 15-yard touchdown pass from Williams to senior wide receiver Colbey Boicourt in the corner of the end zone on 4th-and-6.

Buffalo had an opportunity to respond on the ensuing drive, but the Tiger defense stepped up and forced a three-and-out that eventually led to a botched snap on a punt that Versailles recovered at the Buffalo 15-yard line. Facing 4th-and-1 at the Buffalo 5 on the next drive, Williams trusted his offensive line to generate some push and they did just that, allowing him to secure the first down on a draw play and eventually plow into the end zone for a 1-yard score to create the final margin with just under two minutes remaining.

Williams led the rushing attack with 145 yards and completed 16 of his 23 passes for 163 yards to go with four total touchdowns. Espinosa was his top target with five receptions for 80 yards and Trotter churned ahead for 38 rushing yards respectively. Trotter also led the defense as a linebacker where he recorded 10.5 tackles, including two for a loss.

The win will put Versailles (1-1) in a good mood heading into a battle with Class 3 state-ranked No. 9 Southern Boone for the home opener on Thursday at 7 p.m. The Eagles have dominated so far in 2018, beating Mexico and Fulton by a combined score of 103 to 13. It will be a tough test for the Tigers who have not beaten Southern Boone since 2012 and have three wins against the conference foe since 2010. However, no game is written in stone before it is played out on the gridiron.

If Versailles can utilize the dual-threat ability of Williams (227 passing yards, 291 rushing yards, 7 total touchdowns) while Trotter (86 rushing yards, 1 touchdown) can provide a solid force on the ground and Espinosa (103 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns) can do the same in the passing game as the defense continues to find its footing behind Trotter (33.5 tackles, 4 tackles for a loss), anything can happen.

The Tigers will get a chance to soon find out, but ultimately it is about continuing to get better before the playoffs begin in week 10.

“We just have to keep playing and keep getting better because if anything, our kids now know when we get to week 10 no matter what happens, we can be competitive,” the coach said. “Especially with a win here, we get a couple more under our belt and we are going to be better come week 10 and maybe get a home game.

“Keep people healthy, keep getting better, keep tweaking what we do to find what we are really good at and just let our kids enjoy their football season.”