After falling to 0-5 against one of its most bitter rivals last week, now all the Rolla High School football team has to do is figure out Camdenton... in the Lakers' Homecoming Game.
Rolla will attempt to end its season-long struggles tonight by playing at state-ranked Camdenton in Ozark Conference play. Kickoff at Bob Shore Stadium is set for 7 p.m.
The Bulldogs enter 0-5 both overall and in the OC. Camdenton, ranked No. 10 in this week's Missouri Class 5 state poll, is 4-1. In all, three Ozark Conference teams are state-ranked this week, with Springfield Kickapoo also ranked No. 7 in Class 5 and Springfield Hillcrest No. 7 in Class 4.
Camdenton has split with the other league state-ranked teams, beating Hillcrest 17-14 on Aug. 30 and falling to Kickapoo 21-19 on Sept. 20.
Last week Rolla was beaten by Waynesville 32-17 while Camdenton upended Springfield Parkview 34-15.
Halfway through the campaign Camdenton leads the Class 5 District 4 standings with a 4-1 record and 42 playoff points while Lebanon is second at 3-2 with 32.9 points, Washington third at 2-3 with 27.6 points, Sedalia Smith-Cotton fourth at 2-3 with 26.15 points, Waynesville fifth at 1-4 with 22.3 points and Rolla sixth at 0-5 with 14.95 points.
"We feel pretty good about things," said Laker head coach Jeff Shore. "The best thing about this team is it's real excited to play every night."
The Bulldogs can't worry about the opponent...they're just trying to execute and control the things they can.
"That's what the plan has been this week," said RHS head coach Willie Howard. "Try to get better at what we do and try to eliminate mistakes."
So far this season Camdenton has been very Laker-like, meaning the squad has been productive on both sides of the ball.
A pair of transfers have greatly aided things offensively for the Lakers. Bo Dean, an all-state quarterback at School of the Osage last season, moved to Camdenton and brought his two-way talents to the position. Last year for Osage, Dean passed for 2,947 yards and 19 TDs while rushing for 1,513 yards and a whopping 29 TDs.
The numbers haven't been as eye-popping at Camdenton, but Dean has been effective nonetheless. He has completed 57-of-84 passes for 687 yards, three interceptions and seven touchdowns so far this season and has rushed for 76 yards.
Returning all-state senior wideout Kullen Carlock has caught 35 passes for 472 yards and four TDs for the Lakers while senior wideout Ryan Elliott has 20 catches for 271 yards.
A move-in from St. Clair, junior Josh Martin, has come in and added to the Lakers' deep backfield as well as serving as a strong fullback blocker.
Senior running back Luke Burris leads the Lakers in rushing with 305 yards and three TDs while Martin has 281 yards (9.1 yards per carry), Matt Endsley 170 yards and five TDs and Carlock has 100 yards on the ground.
Page 2 of 2 - "Dean and Martin have done a great job," Shore said. "Bo has added a nice dimension and Martin has really run and blocked well."
"They are about like they always are," Howard said of Camdenton. "They have a very physical running game and their passing game matches up well with their running game. And their defense is tough.
"Bo Dean has been a nice addition for that group of kids. He can sling it and is really a good, mobile quarterback. Carlock and Elliott are their go-to guys."
Senior linebacker Brendon Babbs leads the Laker defense with 35 total tackles (24 unassisted) while Carlock, a free safety, has 29.
For the Bulldogs junior running back Andy Satulla continues his standout season with 134 carries for 725 yards (5.4) and four touchdowns.
RHS sophomore quarterback Kyle Morris has hit on 42-of-87 passes for 448 yards, three interceptions and three TDs. Senior wideout Jared McBride has caught 11 passes for 129 yards and two TDs while Satulla has caught 10 passes for 140 yards.
Senior defensive back Joe Drallmeier has 22 solo tackles, nine assists and two interceptions for RHS while senior defensive lineman Kaan Kutman has 21 solos, eight assists and two sacks.