The Camdenton Lakers grabbed the fifth state championship in school history with a 36-19 win over Affton High School in the Class 4 MSHSAA Show-Me Bowl Friday afternoon.
Affton came into the game without their most potent offensive weapon. Senior quarterback D.J. Ford was sidelined with an ankle injury he suffered in Affton’s 20-0 win over Duchesne in the semifinals. Without him, Affton still drew first blood with a touchdown on their opening possession. Running back Sherman Golden punched it in from two yards out for the score.
Camdenton’s offense stalled early on, but special teams and defense gave them a lead they’d never relinquish. Still in the first quarter, Laker senior Stevie Ginnings blocked a punt, recovered it and raced 42 yards into the end zone. The extra point from Daniel Eidson gave Camdenton a 7-6 advantage.
On Affton’s next possession, backup quarterback Chris Bockius was picked off by Camdenton senior Luke Shaw at the 50 yard line and was tackled for no gain. Eight plays later, Eidson hit senior wide receiver Forest Shock for a six-yard touchdown pass. After the extra point, Camdenton led 14-6.
On Affton’s next possession, Bockius was sacked and fumbled. Jake Wackerman recovered the ball for the Lakers at the 13-yard line. Ginnings notched his second touchdown of the game, when he capped the four-play drive with a five yard touchdown run.
Camdenton forced Affton to punt on the next possession and the Lakers took aver at their own 41-yard line. A big play pushed the Lakers close to the end zone, when Edison hit Shock for a 47 yard TD strike on the second play of the drive. After the extra point, the Lakers took a 28-12 lead.
It stayed 28-12 until a fourth quarter touchdown by Dennis Chairs and Eidson’s extra point made it 36-12.
In the fourth quarter, D.J. Ford limped on to the field for Affton. Often hopping on one foot, Ford was able to lead the Cougars to a late touchdown with less than a minute to go, cutting the lead to 36-19 with the extra point. Ford was 5-of-9 passing for 45 yards.
Shock had the biggest day, statistically, catching six passes for 102 yards and two touchdowns. Camdenton all-time rushing leader Dennis Chairs had 81 yards on the ground. Eidon finished 10-for-17 for 158 yards and two TD’s.
It was Camdenton’s first title since 1999, as they finished 14-0. Affton finished 12-2 on the season.