Lamar, Mo. (OzarksSportsZone.com) -- The one hurdle the Lamar Tigers couldn’t overcome was finally vanquished in resounding fashion Friday night.
Lamar, the defending two-time Class 2 state champion, trounced Cassville 48-0. The second half of the contest started with Cassville working against the turbo clock, as Lamar led by 35 points at intermission.
Jared Beshore rushed for three touchdowns and quarterback Levi Petersen added two more scores on the ground.
It’s the first victory against Cassville for Lamar’s senior class and also for head coach Scott Bailey, who’s in his eighth season at the helm of the Tigers.
“This was the one team coach (Bailey) hasn’t beaten yet,” said Lamar senior lineman Sam Bailey, Scott’s nephew. “We wanted to get this win for him."
As impressive as Lamar’s offense was, the Tigers kicked two field goals. Sam Bailey joked Lamar hadn’t been forced to do that in a game since at least his freshman season.
Lamar scored points on its first seven drives – five touchdowns and two field goals.
Jared Beshore’s 77-yard touchdown run gave Lamar a 10-0 lead midway through the first quarter. Early in the second quarter, Beshore capped a 14-play, 77-yard drive with a 19-yard scoring run.
The blowout was on.
“We were dominated in all three aspects of the game from the opening kickoff,” said Cassville coach Lance Parnell.
Things fell apart for Cassville in the second quarter.
A three-and-out and a short punt gave Lamar the ball at the Cassville 37. Four players later, Levi Petersen’s 4-yard touchdown run made it 24-0. Cassville went three-and-out again and Lamar would get the ball back, then score on a 35-yard run from Petersen.
The two-point conversion and a second field goal from sophomore Todd Morrow, after a Cassville fumble, put Lamar up 35-0 at the half.
“They wore us down up front on both sides of the ball,” Parnell said. “They were more physical than we were. We could never get anything going offensively or defensively to sustain anything. You make mistakes against a good football team, you’re going to get your tail beat.”
Cassville turned the ball over on downs in its first drive of the second half. After another touchdown run from Beshore, both teams would bring in their JV players late in the third quarter.
It’s Cassville’s first Big 8 loss since 2008. Before losing in Week 1 at Branson, the Wildcats hadn’t lost in the regular season since 2009.
Lamar plays at Mt. Vernon next week while Cassville hosts Seneca.
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