Lamar, Nevada prepare for Friday’s “Silver Tiger” rivalry

The two teams will meet on Friday, with the trophy known as "Oscar" on the line.

LAMAR, Mo. – It’s a rivalry between two schools separated by less than 30 miles.

“It’s extremely tradition-rich,” says Lamar head coach Jared Beshore, “There are a lot of people that would rather win the “Silver Tiger” trophy than a state championship, honestly.”

The Lamar/Nevada rivalry was reignited in 2018 after a 13-year break.

Lamar has won the the last two meetings by a combined score of 85-6, keeping the Silver Tiger” trophy, AKA “Oscar”, from Nevada, who hasn’t brought it home since 2004.

“It’s been way too many years over there,” says Nevada senior Riley Trotter, “I’m ready for it.”

“We know how important it is to everyone,” says Lamar senior OL/DL Blaine Shaw, “We just try and do our best to keep it going and keep Oscar here.”

“When the teams are pretty equal and the games are really close, it’s going to make it even more exciting,” adds Nevada head coach Wes Beachler, “That’s something that hasn’t happened the last two years. We hope we can continue to build to get to Lamar’s level, so that the rivalry can mean a lot again.”

Both teams are 2-1, and both are coming off losses.

Lamar fell 42-41 to McDonald County last week.

“Tackling, blocking, penalties…turnovers,” Beshore says of what went wrong against the Mustangs, “That’s what lost us that football game. So we put a real big emphasis on the small things this week.”

Nevada is coming off a 47-28 loss to Cassville.

“We held Cassville to 185 yards on 45 plays,” Beachler says, ” But on the other six plays, we gave up a little over 200 yards. We went back to giving up big plays, and we can’t do that.”

As with most rivalries, both teams expect Friday’s game to be a physical one.

“Their interior…is very physical,” Beshore says of Nevada’s defensive front, “They make a lot of plays, defensively especially. Their D-Line and linebackers are probably one of the best boxes you’re going to see in the Big 8 this year.”

“That’s been one of the major focuses this week,” Shaw adds, “Just figuring out how to deal with them and do our best to keep them off of our running backs.”

“We’ve got to minimize big plays for Lamar,” Beachler finishes, “We’ve got to make them earn every yard they get.”