Lamar finishes as Class 2 state runner-up

The Tigers fall to Lutheran St. Charles 33-27 in the state championship.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Lamar Tigers finished as the Missouri Class 2 state runner-up on Friday night, falling to Lutheran St. Charles 33-27 in the state championship game in Columbia.

It was Lamar’s first loss of the season. The Tigers finish the year with a 13-1 overall record.

The Tigers led the game 7-0 heading into the second quarter. An early touchdown in the second quarter put Lamar up 13-0, before turnovers became a problem. Lamar lost a fumble in the second quarter, which led to the Cougars’ first touchdown of the game on the ensuing drive.

Luthern then forced another Lamar fumble with less than five minutes remaining in the first half, which they returned for a touchdown to give them a 14-13 lead over Lamar at halftime. The Cougars forced three first-half turnovers.

In the second half, Lutheran scored on their first possession to push the lead to 21-13 over Lamar.

The Tigers answered with a 13-yard rushing touchdown from Logan Crockett to close the gap to 21-19 at the end of the third quarter.

Lamar forced a Lutheran turnover on downs early in the 4th to get the ball back and have a chance to take the lead. Logan Crockett finished off the ensuing drive with his second touchdown of the day, followed by a successful 2-point conversion to the give the Tigers a 27-21 advantage.

It took no time for the Cougars to respond. Lutheran returned following kickoff for a touchdown to even the score – but the Lamar blocked the PAT to keep the game tied at 27.

On the Tigers next drive, they converted a 4th-and-1 inside of their own 30, but were forced to punt later in the drive – giving the ball back to the Cougars with less than three minutes to play.

Lutheran would go win the game on their final drive, with Arlen Harris punching in a two-yard touchdown with 6 seconds remaining to give the Cougars a 33-27 win.