Lakers leave home opener victorious after defeating the Vikings 46-21
The Camdenton Lakers looked effective in all phases of the games Friday night as the team ran wild on the visiting Vikings of Parkview. Even after a major stumble during the opening kickoff, the team was able to put together a solid effort all around and claim victory during their home opener and senior night.
As previously mentioned, the game started out on a negative note for the Lakers as they bobbled the opening kickoff and ended up turning the ball over to the Vikings at the 1-yard line. The Vikings would make quick work of this mistake and take the first score of the game, making it 7-0. However, this early dent would be smoothed out quickly by the Lakers, as they would make a drive down the field where senior Eli Griffin would punch it in for a touchdown and tie things up.
Towards the end of the first quarter, Camdenton would bring out their dual-quarterback setup and exchange senior Jacob Wormsley with sophomore Bear Shore, who would pull a QB-keep and take the ball in for another touchdown before the end of the first quarter. The one-two punch of Wormsley and Shore would be effective most of the night against Parkview, as the two quarterbacks would bring their own spice to the action.
Shore would once again find the endzone on a quarterback run to open the second quarter, putting the Lakers up 22-7. After a few punts back and forth by the two teams, it would be Wormsley who would find paydirt next, but this time through the air as Wormsley would connect with sophomore Kam Durnin for a big passing touchdown.
The first half would continue to pile up the points, as next up to score for the Lakers would be senior Jadin Faulconer on a rushing play. The Vikings would finally respond to the Laker offensive onslaught by scoring a touchdown of their own before the second half. The Lakers, however, would be the final team to score in the half with a field goal right before the clock ran 0:00.
The second half would see much less scoring overall. The Vikings would be first to strike with a rushing touchdown halfway through the third quarter. For the Lakers, Griffin would once more find the endzone with a diving attempt to bring the score to 46-21. This would be the final score of the game, as both teams sent out second and third-string players to finish off the contest. Camdenton would manage to find a pair of interceptions late in the game to offset any further scoring by the Vikings, and Lakers would walk about from Bob Shore Stadium with a home-opener win and a record of 2-1.
Wormsley would end the night going 11/18 for 130 yards in the air, 19 yards rushing and a touchdown pass. Shore would go 10/14 for 101 yards in the air with 7 rushing attempts for 66 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Faulconer rushed for 128 yards and a touchdown, alongside Griffin who ended the night with 23 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Durnin had one catch for 40 yards and a touchdown and Ezard finished with 8 catches for 91 yards. The Camdenton offense saw 14 separate receivers make catches on the night.
Camdenton defensive coordination Nick Bruck says that, with a young core, they are working every week to get better and figure out how to be more effective. He feels that the team is continuing to grow each week and was happy with the overall effort the team showed against Parkview. Moving into next week against West Plains, Bruck says his group needs to work hard on a strong rush defense to keep them in the game and give their offense a chance. With their first two interceptions of the year against the Vikings, Bruck is confident that more is to come.
“We are just working hard to get better each week,” Bruck said. “There are so many different offenses throughout the conference; it feels like each week is a new monster. But we’re gonna be ready for it.”
Camdenton will play undefeated West Plains on the road next week, hoping to move to 3-1.