Local players earn MFCA All-State honors; Gall named Class 5 Offensive Player of the Year

The Missouri Football Coaches Association has released it’s All-State awards for the 2022 season.

Carthage running back Luke Gall has been named the Missouri Class 5 Offensive Player of the Year – and multiple local players have earned All-State recognition.

Local players receiving all state honors from the MFCA are listed below, or you can check out the full MFCA All-State teams HERE.


RB Jackson Marrs (Seneca) – 1st team

ATH Joel Beshore (Lamar) – 1st team

OL Ryan Davis (Lamar) – 1st team

DL Rourke Dillion (Lamar) – 1st team

LB Khiler Nance (Lamar) – 1st team

LB Cameron Sturgell (Lamar) – 1st team

DB Austin Wilkerson (Lamar) – 1st team

K Malachi Hennum (Mt. Vernon) – 1st team

QB Gavyn Hoover (Seneca) – 2nd team

RB Braden Dodson (Mt. Vernon) – 2nd team

WR Ian Ngugu (Lamar) – 2nd team

ATH Conner Ackerson (Seneca) – 2nd team

OL Jacob Gravener (Seneca) – 2nd team

LB Lincoln Renfro (Seneca) – 2nd team

P Alex Wilkerson (Lamar) – 2nd team

KR Jackson Marrs (Seneca) – 2nd team

RB Ty Willhite (Lamar) – 3rd team

LB Cody Downing (Mt. Vernon) – 3rd team


OL Talan Chandler (Nevada) – 1st team

TE Drew Beachler (Nevada) – 2nd team

DE Case Sanderson (Nevada) – 2nd team

ATH Avious Steadman (Nevada) – 3rd team

DL Donnie Keith (Carl Junction) – 3rd team

LB Johnny Starks (Carl Junction) – 3rd team

DB Konner Poynter (Monett) – 3rd team


RB Luke Gall (Carthage) – 1st team (Class 5 Offensive Player of the Year)

WR Isaiah Green (Neosho) – 1st team

OL Drew Musche (Carthage) – 1st team

DL Micah Lindsey (Carthage) – 1st team

DE Lucas Ott (Webb City) – 1st team

DB Davion King (Carthage) – 1st team

RB Jared Siler (Neosho) – 2nd team

DB Kaylor Darnell (Webb City) – 2nd team

OL Shaun Hunt (Webb City) – 3rd team


OL Dontrell Holt (Joplin) – 2nd team

LB Draven VanGilder (Joplin) – 2nd team


Duda catches fire, Webb City rolls by Lamar in season opener

WEBB CITY, Mo. (WATCH) Webb City rolls by Lamar 78-60 in their season opener Tuesday night.

Barron Duda leads the way for the Cardinals with 15 points, including 19 points in the 2nd quarter. Joe Adams (13 pts) and Holton Keith (13 pts) were also in double figures for Webb City.

Ian Ngugi had a team-high 14 points for Lamar, while Joel Beshore added 12 for the Tigers.

Lamar falls to Blair Oaks, finishes as state runner-up

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Lamar Tigers finished as the Missouri Class 2 state football runner-up on Friday evening, falling to Blair Oaks 32-27 in the championship game.

Lamar finishes the season with a 12-2 overall record, and finishes as state runner-up for the second straight season.

The Tigers got the scoring started with a 21-yard rushing touchdown from Joel Beshore in the 1st quarter. Lamar held a 7-0 lead going to the 2nd quarter.

Blair Oaks got on the board midway through the 2nd quarter with a 78-yard pass touchdown. Lamar held on to a 7-6 lead after a blocked PAT.

Lamar scored again before the end of the first half with a Joel Beshore 6-yard rushing touchdown with 1:26 left in the 2nd quarter. Blair Oaks responded with another touchdown pass (36 yards) with just 10 seconds left before half, but failed on the two-point conversion to give Lamar a 14-12 lead at halftime.

The Tigers got the ball to start the second half, but turned it over on downs. Blair Oaks took their first lead of the game on the following possession with their first rushing touchdown of the day (49 yards) and the two-point conversion to lead the game 20-14.

Lamar returned the favor with their first passing touchdown of the day, with Beshore finding Ian Ngugi for a 44-yard score. The PAT gave the Tigers a 21-20 lead heading to the 4th quarter.

The Falcons went back in front early in the 4th quarter, scoring on a rushing touchdown on 4th and goal from the two-yard line. The Tigers were able to stop the two-point conversion to keep the Blair Oaks lead to 26-21.

Lamar was forced to punt on the following possession, giving the ball back to Blair Oaks with under 10 minutes to go.

Blair Oaks scored quickly, getting another big passing play and scoring on a 72-yard touchdown. The PAT went off the upright and was no good. The Falcons led the Tigers 32-21 with 8:39 remaining in the 4th quarter.

The Tigers needed a quick touchdown – and that’s what they got. Ian Ngugi caught a 50-yard touchdown on a halfback pass. Lamar was unable to convert the two-point conversion, but still cut the Blair Oaks lead to 32-27 with 7:06 remaining in the 4th quarter.

Lamar forced a Blair Oaks punt on the following drive to get the ball back with a chance to re-take the lead.

The Tigers bled the clock and drove all the way down to the Blair Oaks 25-yard-line. Facing 4th and 21, the Tigers were unable to get the 1st down, giving the ball back to Blair Oaks and ending the game.





Lamar aims to bring home program’s 9th state championship

LAMAR, Mo. – (WATCH) The Lamar Tigers will face Blair Oaks for the Missouri Class 2 state championship on Friday in Columbia.

The Tigers are coming off a big 56-14 win over Seneca in the state semifinals.

“Our kids started fast. I would say it was definitely some of the best ball we’ve played,” says Lamar head coach Jared Beshore, “I’m hoping we can play some better ball this week, to see what our actual ceiling is with this team. We have one more week to see what kind of ball club we really have.”

With a win on Friday against Blair Oaks, Lamar would claim its 9th state championship since 2011.

“It would mean the world to these kids,” Beshore adds, “There are kids on this team that three years ago I would have told you I don’t think they will ever be ball players for us, but they’ve proven themselves and they’ve worked their tails off. We have put a lot of time and effort into this season. To finally see the payout and to play in this game is incredible. We want to go out on top. We want to be crying tears of joy and not tears of disappointment at the end of Friday night.”

The team is also motivated to finish the job Friday – after finishing as the state runner-up in 2021.

“I think it has been a motivation, but we try to go week by week and day by day,” Beshore says, “You can’t win on Friday if you do not win today. I tell our guys we have to beat your opponent today, then tomorrow and the next day and so on. It takes care of itself if take that approach, and I think our guys have done a nice job of taking that approach.”

Friday’s game kicks off at 3 PM in Columbia, Missouri.


Lamar dominates Seneca to advance to state championship

LAMAR, Mo. – (WATCH) Lamar tops Seneca 56-14 in the state semifinals Saturday afternoon.

The Tigers move on to face Blair Oaks next Friday for the Missouri Class 2 state championship.

Lamar preps for Big 8 rematch with Seneca in state semifinals

LAMAR, Mo. – The Lamar Tigers will host Big 8 rival Seneca in the Missouri Class 2 state semifinals on Saturday.

Both teams are 11-1 heading into the weekend.

Seneca was the only team that was able to beat Lamar in the regular season – topping the Tigers 36-33 all the way back in week four.

“There’s a motivation because that was the game where we slipped up earlier in the year,” says Lamar head coach Jared Beshore, “It’s a state semifinal game, and we’re ready to go no matter who it is. It’s just a little added motivation that it’s a team that we got to play earlier in the year.”

“You can tell in practice and stuff. After that game, practice demeanor changed,” says Lamar senior RB/LB Austin Wilkerson on the regular season loss to Seneca, “It’s all kind of intensified. To get another shot at Seneca, we know we let that game slip away. It’s something that we’ve all been waiting for and we’re beep prepping for it.”

It’s rare for conference rivals to meet so late in the state bracket – and the Tigers are expecting a unique atmosphere with their southwest Missouri rivals coming to town with a spot in the state championship on the line.

“It’s going to be an old school atmosphere,” Beshore says, “It’s not going to feel like half the crowd is at home streaming the game. It’s going to feel like they’re all here. Seneca is going to bring their whole town up here. The whole town of Lamar is going to want to come over here and watch this thing. It’s going to be a special game.”

“Our community is always great at giving us a good atmosphere,” Wilkerson adds, “Going down there, it was still a great atmosphere with their fans and our fans. I’m hoping with everything going on and it being here, it will be an even better game.”

Lamar’s Wilkerson, Nevada’s Steadman earn Big 8 West Player of the Year honors

LAMAR, Mo. – The Big 8 West has released its all-conference football awards for the 2022 season.

Lamar DB Austin Wilkerson has been named the Big 8 West Defensive Player of the Year. Wilkerson racked up 73 tackles in the regular season, including 8 tackles-for-loss. He also had 4 pass breakups and 1 forced fumble, helping the Tigers go 8-1 in the regular season.

Nevada RB Avious Steadman has been named the Big 8 West Offensive Player of the Year. Steadman rushed or 871 yards on just 91 carries in the regular season (9.5 YPC). He finished with 12 rushing touchdowns, while also collecting 261 yards and 3 more touchdowns receiving. Nevada finished the regular season with a 7-2 overall record.

1st team offense

QB Gavyn Hoover (Seneca)

RB Avious Steadman (Nevada) – unanimous + Big 8 West Offensive Player of the Year

RB Austin Wilkerson (Lamar) – unanimous

RB Jackson Marrs (Seneca) – unanimous

WR Ian Ngugi (Lamar) – unanimous

WR Conner Ackerson (Seneca) – unanimous

WR Jack Parnell (McDonald County)

WR Garrett Ewing (Cassville)

TE Drew Beachler (Nevada) – unanimous

OT Ryan Davis (Lamar) – unanimous

OT Brian Bigbee (Seneca)

OG Talan Chandler (Nevada) – unanimous

OG Jacob Gravener (Seneca)

C Jose Juarez (Lamar) – unanimous

K Peter Littlefield (Cassville)

ATH Joel Beshore (Lamar)

1st team defense

DL Rourke Dillon (Lamar) – unanimous

DL Jacob Gravener (Seneca)

DE Case Sanderson (Nevada) – unanimous

DE Toby Moore (McDonald County)

LB Khiler Nance (Lamar) – unanimous

LB Lincoln Renfro (Seneca) – unanimous

LB Henry Campbell (Nevada)

LB Weston Gordon (McDonald County)

DB Austin Wilkerson (Lamar) – unanimous + Big 8 West Defensive Player of the Year

DB Jackson Marrs (Seneca) – unanimous

DB Alex Wilkerson (Lamar)

DB Josh Pacheco (McDonald County)

P Hernan Hernandez (Cassville)

KR Avious Steadman (Nevada)

2nd team offense

QB Cade Beshore (Nevada)

RB Jordan Johnson (Nevada)

RB Trey Wilson (Cassville)

RB Konner Poynter (Monett)

WR Cross Dowd (McDonald County)

WR Ty Willhite (Lamar)

WR Ethan Altic (Seneca)

TE Hagen Ginger (Seneca)

OT Nick Moore (Lamar)

OT Skylur Mashek (Nevada)

OG Toby Moore (McDonald County)

OG Aiden Loveall (Lamar)

C Luke Anderson (Nevada)

K Jose Juarez (Lamar)

ATH Case Sanderson (Nevada)

2nd team defense

DL Samuel Murphy (McDonald County)

DL Chris Alexander (Seneca)

DE Trace Wooldridge (Lamar)

DE Conner Ackerson (Seneca)

LB Gage Miller (Nevada)

LB Cameron Sturgell (Lamar)

LB Ty Bowman (East Newton)

LB Morgan Vaughn (Seneca)

DB Garrett Ewing (Cassville)

DB Ian Ngugi (Lamar)

DB Ethan Altic (Seneca)

DB Konner Poynter (Monett)

P Cross Dowd (McDonald County)

KR Jackson Marrs (Seneca)