Plattsburg edges Cameron
By Cody Thorn The St. Joseph News-Press
Cameron entered Friday's season-opener with lofty expectations and that comes from being the No. 9 ranked team in Class 3 in the initial Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters poll.
The Dragons' run in the poll likely will be short-lived after a 18-13 upset by Class 1 Plattsburg at Dave Goodwin Field.
Veteran coach Ron Musser provided a game plan that helped the Tigers dominate the clock with a strong rushing game and the defense took advantage of some miscues as Cameron's run-centric offense struggled holding on to the ball.
But the biggest difference came in running back LeAaron Hicks.
The bruising 6-foot-1, 271 pound senior racked up 191 yards and scored two times to spark the upset in a battle of former KCI schools. After an ankle injury sent him limping to the sidelines early in the third, Hicks returned in the fourth quarter to deliver a pair of upset-sealing first-down runs. His fourth-down tackle with less than three minutes left wrapped up the win.
“First time my high school career we beat a ranked team; it feels great,” said Hicks, who also recovered a fumble from his defensive end spot. “This win is really good for us. It builds our confidence and maybe we get more people to come to our home games and support us more. It is a really big win.
“We believed we could win this game from the beginning of the summer. Coach Musser pushed us and pushed us and we went out and played our hearts out.”
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