Lebanon, Mo. (For OzarksSportsZone.com) -- Two Missouri Class 5 state ranked teams squared off in one of southwest Missouri's biggest rivalries and went down to the wire Friday night as Camdenton, the state's fifth-ranked team in Missouri Class 5, pulled out a 20-17 win at Lebanon.
Lebanon, ranked No. 10 in Class 5, built a 17-6 lead in the first half, but the Lakers pulled within 17-14 on a 63-yard touchdown run by Josh Martin with 6:22 remaining in the third, then tacked on the two-point conversion.
Matt Endsley scored with 7:14 remaining in the fourth quarter to complete the comeback and the Lakers held on late as senior Matt Endsley came up with an interception with 2:15 remaining to seal the win.
Lebanon (2-1 overall, 2-1 Ozark Conference) raced out to a big lead in the first half and were a force moving the ball. The 'Jackets gained a first down on three of its first four plays of the game and needed just six plays to move 60 yards as senior Dylan Bradshaw capped the opening drive with a one-yard touchdown run.
After a quarterback sack by Lebanon's Johnny Malone and Nick Pearcy on third down forced a Camdenton punt on the Lakers' first possession, the 'Jackets again marched the ball down the field in quick order, this time going 56 yards on just four plays to pay dirt. Sophomore quarterback Luke Winfrey found Bradshaw for a 17-yard touchdown pass and LHS led 14-0 with 6:01 remaining in the first quarter.
"They (Lebanon) played outstanding at the first of the game," Camdenton head coach Jeff Shore said. "They came out ready to go and were firing on all cylinders,on offense and defense. We weathered the storm, fortunately. This game, the past eight years, has been won in the second half. There has been many times we jumped on them and they came back and beat us. And the same the other way around. It is always the second half."
Camdenton pulled within 14-6 thanks to a one-yard run by Matt Endsley with 2:44 remaining in the first quarter (but missed the PAT), then LHS sophomore Kendrick Tiller capped the first half scoring with a 26-yard field goal with 1:32 remaining.
"It was just a ragged night for us and it was going to be that way," Shore said. "They (Lebanon) are good defensively and they send a lot of people and we just hung in there ... that is what we do. We hung in there all night long and fortunately it kind of went our way."
The Lakers pulled within 17-12 with 6:22 remaining in the third quarter when junior Josh Martin broke free for a 63-yard run, pulling the Lakers within 17-12. Camdenton went for two, and after having its first conversion called off due to a holding call, Dean hooked up with Ryan Elliott for a long two-point conversion.
"We ran a little belly play and came back to the weak side hoping to get the first down," Shore said. "But he (Martin) just popped and he is really fast. He has done a real good job for us and is flat fast. I knew as soon as he broke it he had a chance to score."
Dean, a senior transfer from Osage, was nearly automatic passing the ball in the contest, completing 13 of 16 passes.
The Lakers made several big plays on third down keeping drives alive, the biggest of which came late in the third quarter. Facing a third-and-long from its own 19, senior Kullen Carlock fought off double coverage and hauled in a long pass from Dean along the LHS sidelines. A roughing the passer penalty on LHS for a hit on Dean moved the ball all the way to the LHS 33-yard line.
Five plays later Camdenton had the ball at the LHS 20 and appeared to be in position to tie or take the lead, but on third-and-eight, LHS senior defensive end Johnny Malone picked up a Dean fumble with 1:38 remaining in the third quarter.
LHS drove the ball near midfield and were marching, but its drive stalled as the 'Jackets were called for a false start on third-and-five. The 'Jackets completed the subsequent third down pass for short yardage, then punted.
The Lakers scored the go-ahead touchdown on the following drive as they took advantage of a crucial personal foul penalty. The 'Jackets had appeared to hold on third-and-nine near midfield as a Dean pass fell short of its intended receiver.
But a personal foul penalty after the play moved the ball all the way to the LHS 33 and gave the Lakers a first down and new life. Camdenton senior Luke Burris followed the LHS penalty with a 33-yard run giving the Lakers first-and-goal from the three and on the next play Martin scored.
However, Lebanon caught a break when Camdenton missed the following PAT and got the ball back with 7:04 remaining needing just a field goal to tie.
LHS sophomore quarterback Luke Winfrey had the 'Jackets moving the ball as he completed five straight passes, moving from the LHS 31 all the way to the Laker 42. Elza Evans reeled off a 14-yard run and the 'Jackets had the ball at the Camdenton 23.
But one first down, LHS was called for intentional far behind the line of scrimmage, The play resulted in second-and-34 and on fourth down Endsley effectively ended the game with an interception with 2:15 remaining.
The contest ended with three penalties on Lebanon as the Lakers ran out the clock.
"We had too many and kind of lost our composure a little bit as well as making too many mistakes," Lebanon head coach Will Christian said. "But our kids effort was outstanding. If we continue to play with as much passion and fire as we did tonight, we'll be in good shape. We just have to get better as a football team."
CAMDENTON 20, LEBANON 17
Camdenton 0 6 8 6 — 20
Lebanon 14 3 0 0 — 17
LHS — Dylan Bradshaw 1 yard run (Kendrick Tiller kick), 10:00
LHS — Bradshaw 17 yard pass from Luke Winfrey (Tiller kick), 6:01
CHS — Matt Endsley 1 yard run (kick failed), 2:44
LHS — Tiller 26 yard field goal, 1:32
CHS — Josh Martin 63 yard run (Ryan Elliott pass from Bo Dean), 6:22
CHS — Endsley 3 yard run (kick failed), 7:14