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)


PIGSKIN PODCAST: Episode 6 with Frontenac HC Mark Smith

Check out episode 6 of our KOAM Presents: Pigskin Podcast.

On this episode:

  • “Silver Tiger Rivalry” week for Nevada and Lamar (2:27)
  • Carthage and Webb City rivalry game (3:58)
  • Parsons aims to stay undefeated at Galena (7:00)
  • Interview with Frontenac HC Mark Smith (11:25)
  • What motivated Pitt State Saturday vs. MSSU (26:45)
  • Pitt State preps for Northwest Missouri (32:35)

YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0Y6uA2_Tec

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PIGSKIN PODCAST: Episode 3 with Galena HC Beau Sarwinski

KOAM Presents: Pigskin Podcast Episode 3

  • Is Pitt State back?
  • We get yelled at for being late to air the Chiefs game Sunday (and explain why)
  • Huge Seneca/Lamar matchup this Friday
  • Nathan Glades (Joplin HS) big game for MSSU
  • Baxter Springs 2-0 for first time since 2009
  • Interview with Galena HC Beau Sarwinski

SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/episode/3tbdyYWFEmhYoyTlWs6ZaZ?si=eFCrov3MS_SZB_-oSnTp5g

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