Wednesday, October 24, 2012
On Friday, Camdenton (6-3) ended their regular schedule on the road, delivering a 49-0 smack down to Glendale and securing a home-field advantage for the first two rounds of post-season play.
The Lakers took charge from the kickoff, scoring on the first possession on a Cory Simpson hit Chase Nugent for a 32-yard touchdown. Mason Bennett kicked the extra point and Camdenton was on the board with an early 7-0 lead.
Kullen Carlock delivered a quarterback sack to Glendale early in the second quarter and the Laker defenders proceeded to lock them up and force a punt, taking possession at the Camdenton 43 yard line. Carlock carried it 35 yards toward the goal but it was a Glendale penalty that set up Murphy Ward for the four-yard touchdown to increase the Laker lead.
The Purple Haze kept up the pressure and forced another punt in the second quarter. Ward and Bernabe shared the duties and moved the ball downfield to the two-yard line. Ward took the honors, pushing through to give the Lakers a 21-0 lead at halftime.
It was more of the same in the third quarter with the Lakers smelling victory and Glendale mustering a strategy to stop them. The Falcons ticked the first seven minutes off the clock before getting stalled at the Laker 15. Simpson kept his cool, pulling off a successful misdirection play that faked to Bernabe before connecting with Nugent for an 85-yard touchdown run.
The Lakers took it over after forcing a punt on and ended the third quarter on the Glendale nine-yard line. Bernabe scored on the first play of the fourth quarter with a nine-yard scoring run. Bennett’s fifth of seven extra-point kicks set the mercy clock in motion with the Laker’s 35-0 lead.
The Lakers couldn’t slow down the momentum even after giving some of the starters a break in the final period. Luke Burris and Brendan Babbs both added one more Laker touchdown, and the Glendale Falcons were blanked 49-0 to end the regular season of play.
Camdenton’s four-game streak extended with 489 offensive yards for the game. They held the Falcons to 86 continuing the season’s second –half dominance over opponents. Before the streak, the Lakers scored 125 total points while their opposition collectively scored 121. The final four games had Camdenton scoring 149 points and holding the challengers to just 16 total, including two shutouts.
Simpson connected on 11 of 17 passes for 177 yards that included the two touchdowns to Nugent. Bennett was a perfect seven of seven for the extra point kick. Ward added his two touchdowns toward the final tally.
Just like last year, the Lakers heated up at just the right time with the three-game district playoff starting next week. Camdenton drew a bye for the first round, but will hit the home field on Oct. 31 to face the winner of the Washington vs. Smith-Cotton game. If they win that game, they will play on Nov. 5 for the district championship and the chance to move on to sectionals.