Several Cameron Dragons tackle a Cardinal ball carrier Friday in Cameron, Missouri.

The Cameron Dragons snapped an MEC skid as they beat the Benton Cardinals 39-28 to move to 3-5 and bringing in their first conference home win in the several years.

Cameron head coach Jeff Wallace said he was beyond happy with how the game went.

“It’s been a rough season,” Wallace said. “We actually fought through a lot of adversity, injuries and all kinds of other things that have come our way. That’s the mark of a good football team — when you have young man with good character. They don’t let anything stand in there way.”

The game started off slow as both teams remained scoreless through most of the first quarter. The Dragons managed to sneak a touchdown in the last four minutes after quarterback Tyler Campbell rushed 12 yards.

When the second quarter started, the Dragons bumped up their lead to 14-0 after Dominick Hurst scored a rushing touchdown within the first minute. The Cardinals finally made it on the board immediately after when Chol Atter rushed 62 yards. Both teams managed to score one more time in the first half, leaving the score at 21-14.

During the third, the Dragons only scored one field goal while the Cardinals snuck in two more touchdowns, taking the lead for the first time during the game. Less than a minute into the final quarter, the Dragons took their lead back with another rushing touchdown. The home team snuck in one final touchdown with less than a minute left in the game, leaving the final score at 39-28.

Benton Head Coach Kevin Keeton said Wallace had his team well-prepared and although he was upset with the result of the game, he knew his team worked hard.

“This is on me, I take full responsibility for this loss,” Keeton said. “We did play hard, but when it came down to it, we didn’t execute what we needed to. It’s tough getting down there in the goal line late the game and not getting it done.”

The Benton Cardinals will face the Chillicothe Hornets next Friday, and the Cameron Dragons will host Northland Christian at home for their senior night.

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