The Camdenton Lakers were eliminated from the playoffs Friday, Nov. 5, in their 35-14 road loss to the Lebanon Yellowjackets.
With a similar final score to the first time these two teams met, Lebanon defeated Camdenton for the second time this season, knocking them out of the Missouri Class 5 District 5 tournament.
As was the case in their game earlier in the season, both teams’ defenses had strong showings in the first half of the game, as Camdenton held Lebanon to a single touchdown throughout the first two quarters of play. However, the Lakers remained scoreless when their defense forced a turnover on downs and the offense took possession of the ball at the Lebanon 44 yard line with under a minute left in the second quarter. Not wasting any time, the Lakers quickly took the ball down field and into the red zone with seconds left on the clock. Quarterback Bear Shore took the snap but was unable to find an open receiver while the defense began to break through the line, he managed to scramble into the end zone for Camdenton’s first touchdown to tie the score with 11 second left in the half. After a subsequent, short-lived Yellowjackets drive, the Lakers went into halftime of the playoff game tied with Lebanon at 7-7.
However, going into the third quarter, the Lakers struggled to find rhythm on offense as the Yellowjackets picked up steam. Lebanon scored twice in the third to go up by two touchdowns while keeping the Camdenton offense quiet, and they added another touchdown in the first few minutes of the fourth quarter to go up 28-7. The Lakers showed some life when they answered with a 29-yard passing touchdown from Shore to Reece Waters to cut Lebanon’s lead to 14, but after failing to recover their onside kick after scoring, the prospect of another Lakers comeback grew dimmer. The Yellowjackets meticulously ran the clock down and scored for a final time with about two minutes left in the game to make the score 35-14, where it would remain for the rest of the game. After Camdenton’s final possession resulted in a turnover on downs, Lebanon ran out the final seconds and won the game 35-14.
With their loss, the Lakers were eliminated from playoff contention and finish their season with an overall record of 7-4, including a 1-1 record in the Missouri Class 5 District 5 district tournament. Heading into the offseason, the Lakers will lose a number of important seniors who contributed to their team’s success but will retain a highly competitive core of players as they reset and look ahead to chasing a district title and more next fall.