‘Jackets and Lakers set to battle for Highway 5 trophy on Friday

Photo courtesy of Nick Mebruer
The Lebanon High School football team will travel to Camdenton to take on the Lakers this Friday night beginning at 7 p.m. Pictured above is Lebanon head coach Will Christian (left) and Camdenton head coach Jeff Shore (right).


It wasn’t the result Lebanon football fans were hoping for on Friday night as the West Plains Zizzers rolled through the Lebanon Yellowjackets 48-13 at Zizzer Stadium, but with time to improve and grow, the ‘Jackets will face another tough test this Friday against the Camdenton Lakers (4-1) at Bob Shore Stadium.

Head coach Will Christian said the ‘Jackets (4-1) will need to improve on everything in practice this week after a rough showing last Friday.

“Every aspect of the game must improve and move forward,” he said. “Our offense moved the ball well, however, inconsistency and undisciplined play caused it (the offense) issues.”

Lebanon finished the game with 303 yards of total offense and had a few miscues on a couple of drives that forced punts and turnovers.

As for the Zizzers offense, they finished the night with 438 total yards, their second most total yardage in a game in 2018.

Senior running back Brayden Lidgard was as good as advertised, rushing for 237 yards on 36 carries and scored five rushing touchdowns.

Heading into Friday’s showdown against the Lakers, here is what fans need to know about the Camdenton team.

Head coach Jeff Shore has implemented a new spread offense into the system, and so far it has worked as the Lakers are averaging 46.4 points per game in 2018.

Junior quarterback Paxton Delaurent has thrown for 1,227 yards and 20 touchdowns.

Senior Jaben Shockley is the Lakers’ leading receiver with 271 yards on 16 receptions and has three touchdowns.

Gabe Kurtz and Eli Griffin are excellent players in space and both should good plenty of perimeter touches.

Despite the change to the offense, Christian mentioned that his team is used to facing spread offenses so that preparing won’t be any different for him or his team.

“We play only spread teams with the exception of West Plains,” he said. “We are continuing to work to improve defensively and have much to do. We are continuing to assess personnel and get us in a spot we need to become district time.

“Camdenton is an excellent team in all facets and well coached.”

The rivalry game between the two teams will be exciting for fans of both schools, but Christian said he wants to be playing good football when it counts.

“At this point, we are worried about us and not what the game means to everybody outside of our locker room,” he said. “Our goals this year deal with us playing our best football when it matters the most which would be during district play and beyond. We have a lot of work to do, and we are going to focus on us improving in every aspect completely.”

For the complete article, see Wednesday’s print edition of The County Record, or view the e-Edition online.


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