In a game that began with taunts from the visiting team, the Lakers had the last laugh as they rolled through Waynesville and onto a 1-0 record on the season. Though the rain tried its best to add difficulty, the Lakers were able to find success in all phases and finish the game with a 39-12 victory.

In a game that began with taunts from the visiting team, the Lakers had the last laugh as they rolled through Waynesville and onto a 1-0 record on the season. Though the rain tried its best to add difficulty, the Lakers were able to find success in all phases and finish the game with a 39-12 victory.

Waynesville opened the game with the ball and, as would become a pattern throughout the game, the Lakers defense was able to stop them in their tracks and hand the ball back to the offense. Camdenton started their offense up wasting little time, as the senior Paxton Delaurent led squad marched down the field and ended up with a Delaurent to senior Jase Nicklas passing touchdown less than five minutes into the quarter. Later in the quarter, the Laker offense would again find the end zone as junior Jadin Faulconer would take the ball on a one-yard rush to make it 14-0 heading into quarter two.

Though the Laker defense seemed to have answers to many of the Waynesville rushing attacks, they would find the endzone at the start of the second quarter and fail their extra point, making it a 14-6 game. However, this would be the point that Camdenton would take the scoring opportunities in hand and pile on their lead. Before the end of the half, junior Eli Griffin would find the endzone twice for the Lakers, once on a one-yard run and again on a 24-yard run. The Lakers would go into halftime with a 28-6 lead.

Out of the gates of the second half, both teams struggled to find much offensive rhythm as the rain continued to pour down. However, the Lakers would strike again in the fourth quarter after a huge 70-yard passing touchdown from Delaurent to Mason Kinney. Waynesville would respond with their only over scoring drive on a 42-yard pass, making it 36-12 after a failed 2 point conversion.

The final score of the game would come at the end of the fourth quarter on a Senior Luke Galbreath 36-yard field goal. This would make it 39-12 and would be the final score as the clock ran to 0:00.

Delaurent would end the game with 21 completed passes on 34 attempts with 253 total yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Nicklas ended his big night with 92 receiving yards. Senior Ryan Maasen would close out his night with a sack, two tackles for a loss, 14 total tackles and one caused fumble.

Coach Jeff Shore was proud of the team’s effort through their harsh rain and says he felt that the team showed resilience. With some taunting taking place before the game began, Shore says that he was proud of the team for staying calm and not letting it get under their skin. The taunts led to Waynesville penalties, which Shore said was enough of a victory for them. Overall, he says he felt the night was very positive.

“It was a big test tonight,” Shore said. “I thought our defense played great and the offense got going at times, but I’m super happy with 39-12 win at home in the opener.”

The Lakers will head to Parkview next week to face the Vikings September 6.