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Posted: Sunday, September 9, 2012 1:36 pm

CAMDENTON — After a wild Friday night contest between heated rivals, the Hwy 5 trophy will be spending its first year in Lebanon.

How wild was Friday’s contest?

The game between Lebanon and Camdenton featured a pair of running backs (Lebanon’s Brock West and Camdenton’s Murphy Ward) who combined for nearly 600 yards of rushing.

And at one point in the second half, the two teams scored on three consecutive plays.

After a slow start, the Yellowjackets ran away from their arch rival, totaling 534 yards of offense en route to a 46-21 win over the Lakers.

Lebanon senior Brock West finished the contest with 323 yards and five touchdowns, and ran for touchdown runs of 62, 72 and 79 yards in the third quarter.

With the win, Lebanon captured the very first Hwy 5 trophy, the brainchild of head coaches Jeff Shore and Will Christian.

“We came out a little slow, but we definitely responded and we have done it so far this season,” West said. “Once again, (the) offensive line opened up huge running lanes all night and it was awesome.”

West said the Lebanon senior class felt the pressure of keeping the winning streak against the Lakers alive. The ‘Jacket seniors have won over Camdenton every year of their high school careers.

“We had a lot of pressure coming in on this one, never losing to them, but we came out and got it done,” West said.

Lebanon (3-0 overall, 3-0 Ozark Conference) saw the Lakers score on each of its first two possessions and take a 15-6 lead after senior running back Murphy Ward scored his second touchdown with 11:19 remaining in the second quarter.

Ward finished with 234 yards rushing himself and scored both of the Lakers touchdowns in the first half.

But from there it was all LHS, first through the air, then on the ground.

Senior quarterback Hayden Brackett followed Ward’s second score by connecting on 4-of-5 passes, capped by a 43-yard strike to senior receiver Jeff Plake with 8:38 remaining in the first half.

Then, the ‘Jackets got its first defensive stop as consecutive holding penalties by the Lakers set up a first-and-35 from its own 23-yard line.

After a poor Camdenton punt that gave the ‘Jackets the ball at the Laker 47, Lebanon went to a ground-based attack as they lined up in the Fat Boy, their version of the Wildcat offense. West ran the ball six consecutive times and gave the ‘Jackets a 19-15 lead on a 21-yard touchdown run with 2:17 remaining in the first half.

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