The Waynesville Tigers hosted the Camdenton Lakers in a classic Ozark Conference matchup. The Tigers defense held a very tough Lakers team but could not hold on to the game in the second half.
The 2017 Homecoming queen was crowned before the game. Senior Michelle Amato was selected as the queen.
From the Waynesville R-VI school District Facebook post, “The 2017 Homecoming queen is Michelle Amato, the daughter of Peter and Akiko Amato. Amato participates in DECA, FCCLA, A+, National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. She is a freshman mentor, the varsity volleyball libero and the All-School President at Waynesville High School. Amato plans to attend the University of Missouri. The other senior members of the court are Cristina O’Barr, Lacey Squires and Courtney Dubose. The class princesses are; Tiana Daniels, grade 9; Hannah Hedrick, grade 10; and Aubree Derr, grade 11. Cate Long and Eli Walter Rehm served as the Tiger Cubs. Mollie Henry, the 2016 Homecoming Queen, returned to crown Amato.”
The first quarter started off in strong fashion as the Camdenton Lakers punched in a sixty yard touchdown run only two minutes in the game. That gave the Lakers a 7-0 early lead in the game. Just five minutes later, Camdenton would score a second touchdown and extra point. The Lakers took a 14-0 lead with 5:05 left in the first quarter. Less than a minute later the Lakers would intercept the ball and regain possession from Waynesville. Two minutes later the Tigers would come back with a 4th down stop and hold the Lakers to two touchdowns. The First quarter score was 14-0.
The second quarter started off as the Tigers would punch in a twenty yard touchdown run by Butler-Lawson just eleven seconds in the game. After the extra [point the Tigers would come within seven points. On the very next play, Camdenton fumbles the ball and gave it back to the Tigers. Waynesville would throw an interception three and a half minutes later. Waynesville would later recover a fumble om the four yard line with 3:36 left in the half. The ball would be fumbled by both teams the rest of the half. The Tigers would have the last stop as Camdenton lost the ball trying to score a late touch down giving the Tigers a late possession and prevented the extra score. The Final score of the half was 14-7 with the Camdenton Laker leading the game.
The Waynesville Tigers started the second half with a strong defence. They held the Lakers once again in the game on a 4th down play with 5:01 left in the quarter. Camdenton would later recover fumble from Waynesville on the nine yard line. Camdenton scored the game clinching touchdown on a one yard run that game the Lakers a 21-7 lead.
The final quarter went added another touchdown by Camdenton. The Final score of the game was 28-7 Camdenton.
“We're proud of our kids defensively. They played their hearts and did everything we asked them to do. I’m extremely proud of the effort our kids played with.” Head Waynesville Coach Brad Drehle said after the tough game.
The Camdenton Lakers will take on the Joplin Eagles Friday Night where both teams will battle for the 2017 Ozark Conference Championship. The Waynesville Tigers will travel to Springfield and take on the Glendale Falcons.