McDonald County aims to build off win over Lamar

The Mustangs beat the Tigers 42-41 Friday night.

ANDERSON, Mo. – The McDonald County Mustangs picked up their biggest win in years on Friday, beating Lamar 42-41. It’s the first win for the Mustangs over Lamar since joining the Big 8 in 2013.

“We were definitely hyped up and just super excited,” says McDonald County senior OL/DL Kaidan Campbell, “We were all dancing around and acting dumb and stuff. It was pretty fun.”

“I didn’t realize how big of a win this was for our community,” says head coach Kellen Hoover, who is in his fourth season as the Mustangs’ head coach, “There have been a lot of people talk to me since then that were telling me about people crying after the game. It feels good to get one, and to show that our hard work and what we’ve gone through has been worth it.”

McDonald County was down 34-21 entering the fourth quarter Friday night, but rallied in the final 15 minutes to beat Lamar 42-41.

“We all were just tired of leaving as losers in the past,” Campbell adds, “We just kind of pulled together and really wanted this win.”

“In past years we’ve given up, but we held together and we just didn’t give up this year,” says senior running back Bailey Lewis.

Levi Malone caught four passes for 153 yards, while Lewis led the way, rushing for 169 yards and 3 touchdowns.

“Run downhill,” Lewis says on his game-plan Friday night, “It was just downhill football.”

“I think we just stayed the course and kept handing it to him,” Hoover says of Bailey, “Eventually a few popped late in the game.”

McDonald County is now 2-1 through three weeks, already matching their win total from last season.

They’re hoping Friday’s win can be a momentum boost for the rest of the season, and a turning point for the program, which has gone 11-39 the last five years.

“Yeah we got a big win,” Lewis finishes, “but we gotta keep working.”

“I hope it’s not something we look back and say yeah remember that one win we got that year,” Hoover finishes, “I hope we can continue to build on this, and I hope it’s kind of a stepping stone as we continue on through this season and really to build our program to where we hope it can be and where we think it can be.”

McDonald County will hit the road this Friday for another tough Big 8 game against Monett.