COLUMBIA, Mo. – Turnovers and penalties doomed Lamar’s quest for a ninth state title, as the Tigers fell to Lutheran St. Charles 33-27 in the Class 2 state championship game Friday.
During a seven minute opening drive, Lamar opened the scoring with a one yard quarterback keeper from Joel Beshore. A 62 yard pass from Beshore to Trace Willhite quickly made it a 13-0 game.
A quick 62 yard strike for Lutheran St. Charles made it 13-7. A Lamar fumble and Cougars scoop and score gave Lutheran the 14-13 lead going into halftime.
Lamar and Lutheran St. Charles traded touchdowns for most of the third quarter, before another Lutheran score tied the game at 27 in the fourth.
Tied at 27 with less than 10 seconds to play in the second half, the Cougars gave the ball to Arlen Harris Jr., who scored from 2 yards out to give Lutheran the 33-27 lead.
“You know they have some big time playmakers,” Lamar head coach Jared Beshore said following the game. “They’ve got some really good football players, it’s the state championship. So they’ve got some cats that can make some plays. You know they were able to get us a couple of times. I thought we did a nice job for the most part, but you know it’s a big play offense and they’re going to get some here and there.”
Lamar attempted to lateral the ball on the game’s final play, but a penalty on Lamar would prevent another final attempt.
With the loss, Lamar ends the season at 13-1. For the seniors, it’s their final game as Lamar Tigers.
“It meant quite a bit to come back for the state championship game another year and come represent our town and just have another game with our brothers,” senior Jake Polodna said. “We’ve been playing together since we were real tiny playing in second and third grade starting with flag football. We have a lot of memories together as a senior group. So coming back meant a lot because we got that extra time and to represent everything our town stands for. Representing our faith and representing what the brotherhood is to the whole state of Missouri is a tremendous opportunity.”