Lawson can't solve Lamar
By Brian Spano PrepsKC Senior Writer
ST. LOUIS. Mo. - For a quarter, Lawson hung with one of the most prolific scoring offenses to ever grace a high school football field. But in the end, the Cardinals were outgunned by Lamar 42-0 to win its third consecutive Class 2 Show-Me Bowl inside the Edward Jones Dome Friday afternoon.
"Trying to figure out how to put it into words right now, I ain't got 'em," Lamar head coach Scott Bailey said. "I really don't. It's a special group of kids, special in more ways than blocking people and making tackles."
For the Tigers, completing a 14-1 season, it was senior running back Jared Beshore who ignited his team, scoring on runs of 31, 75 and 41 yards in the first half. He finished the game with 212 yards on the ground. But he also did it on the defensive side of the ball, chalking up an interception that set up another score.
"This means the world to me," Beshore said of winning the state title. "It's something we've been working toward ever since we were in fifth grade. It meant a lot winning the first two with those seniors, but going out as a senior, it means the world."
Lamar quarterback Levi Peterson ran for 151 yards and a score.
In total, the Tigers churned out more than 500 yards on the ground behind an offensive line that ranged in size from 250 to 290 pounds.
"They are so physical, and their offense is so deceptive," Lawson head coach Todd Dunn said. "Their defense is so big. Everybody talks about how many points they score, well, it's as much because of their defense as it is their offense."
Danny Embry and Tripp Tucker added the other scores for Lamar.
The Cardinals, 12-3, looked as if they were going to catch Lamar on their heels early after the Tigers came away empty on the opening drive of the game.
After starting at its own 12, quarterback Garrett Titus hit Damien Sapp for 37 yards to put Lawson in business at the 49. The drive soon stalled just across midfield.
Then, the Cardinals threatened to score right before halftime when Titus had his Cardinals second and nine from the Lamar 12, but his pass was picked off by an alert Mark Bartlett, and the Tigers were able to run out the clock to take the shutout into the locker room.
Lawson could muster just 169 yards of total offense against a stingy Lamar defense that was giving up fewer than nine points per game.
"I thought we were moving the ball pretty well, but we shot ourselves in the foot several times," Titus said."
Lamar's 42 points added to a state record for most points scored in a season by a high school football team and fell just short of a national record.
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