An injury to preseason senior All-State defensive back Dylan Newcomb was the last thing Waynesville needed Friday.
The squad has struggled to control the line of scrimmage in each of its losses, but in the team's wins, Newcomb has provided a spark on either side of the ball.
When Newcomb went down, Waynesville coach Rick Vernon adapted his defensive secondary, admitting the injury "helped Camdenton a little bit."
After the injury Waynesville turned over the ball on offense and Camdenton quickly capitalized with a touchdown to push the lead to 29-0 at halftime.
"Our kids came back in the second half, fought very hard," Vernon said. "Maybe the score doesn't look like it, but offensively we were moving the ball some, but just couldn't get anything sustained in the first half."
While the scoreboard shows the contrary, Vernon said he was satisfied with his defense, even in Newcomb's absence.
"Our defense we were really pleased with," Vernon said. "Defensively we'll just have to fill in with some other players and coach them up this week and be ready to go against Glendale."
In addition to Newcomb's injury, Waynesville suffered from another turnover epidemic, as well as some costly penalties.
"We were probably hurting ourselves more than Camdenton was hurting us," Vernon said. "We had a couple fumbles and a couple penalties in the right situations that really hurt us."
After committing eight turnovers in the last two games, Waynesville will continue to practice ball security to help solve the issue against Glendale.
Newcomb's status for the Friday's game against Glendale is uncertain – the quarterback and defensive back was carted off the field after making a tackle against Camdenton.
"Dylan plays a very big role on our football team," Vernon said. "He very seldom comes off the field so now we're having to replace some of the special teams things he does, defense, offense."
New offensive packages will be added for this week's match-up.
Newcomb was scheduled to undergo a MRI Monday.