Camdenton makes comeback in second half to top Waynesville, School of the Osage unable to keep pace with Moberly and Eldon shut down at Owensville

Camdenton makes comeback in second half to top Waynesville

Camdenton picked up its first win of the 2020 season Friday night in Waynesville and it surely must have been as satisfying as any with offense, defense and special teams making key contributions for a 31-28 win. 

Camdenton trailed by as many as 14 early in the second quarter and managed to cut the deficit to 21-14 by halftime. A key 30-yard field goal in the third quarter by Kam Durnin, which proved to be the difference in the end, pulled the Lakers within four and the Lakers took the lead for good just before the end of the third quarter. Trailing 31-28 with just under six minutes left in the game, Waynesville's fake field goal attempt failed and Camdenton was able to run the clock down. 

Returning All-State receiver Cooper Ezard showed why he was chosen for that honor a season ago as he led the way with eight receptions for 216 yards and four touchdowns. Just last week, he caught 13 passes for 122 yards and a score against Kickapoo and he is currently averaging 16.1 yards per catch. 

Quarterback Jacob Wormsley threw all four of those touchdowns to Ezard has he finished his night 11-19 for 224 yards and one interception. Bear Shore also saw some snaps at quarterback, going 6-10 for 34 yards and a pick. Jadin Faulconer and Phillip Kurle had 17 receiving yards each and Eli Griffin finished with a 12-yard catch. Wormsley also led the ground game with 75 rushing yards on seven carries. 

On the defensive end, Camdenton had solid efforts from multiple contributors as Wiley Powers racked up 14 tackles while Brady Ford, Jaden Parkman and Parker Wormek finished with 10 tackles each. Wormek also blocked a punt in the second half.

Camdenton (1-1) will play its home opener on Friday at Bob Shore Stadium against Parkview (0-2). Kickoff for this Ozark Conference battle is scheduled for 7 p.m.

School of the Osage unable to keep pace with Moberly

Osage delivered the first blow in a game at Moberly Friday night. Then the Spartans struck back and struck back often in a 49-18 win over the Indians. 

A 23-yard touchdown pass from Brockton McLaughlin to Hunter Graber gave the Indians an early 6-0 lead with just over eight minutes left in the first quarter, but Moberly took the lead for good on the ensuing drive. The Spartans extended their lead to 21-6 by halftime and another 21 points in the third quarter left little doubt. 

McLaughlin completed 17 of his 21 passes for 176 yards to go with a touchdown and interception and Keigan Vaughn led the receiving corps with four catches for 55 yards. Graber had four receptions for 47 yards and Kenan Webb added four catches for 44 yards. On the ground, McLaughlin led the Indians for the second straight week with 12 carries for 132 yards and a score. Webb finished with 32 yards and Mason Clarke put up seven rushing yards and a score. McLaughlin and Clarke also lost a fumble each in the game. 

Osage (1-1) will host rival Eldon in the Tri-County Conference opener Friday night at 7 p.m.

Eldon shut down at Owensville

Eldon and Owensville have had a few fun battles in recent years. The Dutchmen did not leave much room for doubt Friday night in a 47-0 win over the visiting Mustangs, enjoying a 33-0 lead at the half. 

Hunter Hees completed seven of his 14 pass attempts for 19 yards and an interception while the team rushed for 98 yards overall, averaging 2.6 yards per carry. Owen Levesque led Eldon with 70 yards on 17 carries, averaging 4.1 yards per carry, while Killian Wilson added 22 rushing yards and Mason Kirkweg finished with 18. P.J. Bledsoe led the receiving corps with a catch for nine yards. 

Eldon (1-1) visits Osage to open up Tri-County Conference play Friday night at 7 p.m.