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


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.

Seneca prepares to face Lamar in state semifinals

SENECA, Mo. – The Seneca Indians hit the road tomorrow to face Big 8 rival Lamar in the class 2 state semifinals.

Seneca and Lamar met once already this season, back in week four. The Indians handed the Tigers their only loss of the season 36-33.

“The win over Lamar helped our kids understand how good we could be,” Seneca head coach Cody Hilburn says. “Beating a team like Lamar with the run that they’re on was huge and kind of catapulted us into to what we did this year. I’m sure they’re looking forward to playing us again, but I think at this time of year when you’re playing a semifinal game you shouldn’t need much extra motivation.”

“I think they’re going to come out swinging,” says Seneca linebacker Lincoln Renfro. “I know they’re hungry for revenge and I think anyone would be too. I think if we just steady the pace and keep going, we’ll be fine. We want to be the group to do it and we want to be the group that sets the standard for years to come.”

Saturday’s game starts at 1pm.

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.”

Seneca advances to state semifinals with win over Liberty

SENECA, Mo. – (WATCH) Seneca tops Liberty-Mountain View 28-14 Saturday afternoon in the Class 2 state quarterfinals.

Seneca travels to face Big 8 rival Lamar in the state semifinals next week.

PIGSKIN PODCAST: Ep. 10 with Pitt State safety Brandon Mlekus

Check out Episode 10 of the KOAM Presents: Pigskin Podcast (LINKS BELOW). On THIS episode:

  • Girard/Frontenac regional championship (2:09)
  • Undefeated Chanute aims for regional championship (7:24)
  • Galena/Columbus regional championship (9:38)
  • Carthage, Webb City return from byes (11:17)
  • Seneca on playoff opener vs. Hollister (12:59)
  • Interview with Pitt State safety Brandon Mlekus (16:16)

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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: Ep. 8 with Colgan HC Shawn Seematter

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On THIS episode:

  • Hudson Moore is a problem (2:05)
  • Chanute aims for undefeated regular season (3:22)
  • Frontenac and Galena district championship (5:45)
  • Why I like Girard (6:43)
  • Seneca looks to go 9-0 (8:36)
  • Quapaw and Miami impressive seasons (10:47)
  • Interview with Colgan HC Shawn Seematter (15:23)
  • Pitt State offensive weapons (29:28)

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