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Class 2 District 4

Big 8 West Conference

School Colors: Red and Black

Head Coach: Jared Beshore (12-1, 2nd season)

Assistant coaches: Thad Lundine, Chris Wilkerson, Scott Quinly, Jeff Beshore, Eddie Long, Adam Martin, Rick Piper, Ryan Walker and Iver Johnson


“We have experienced players returning at the skill positions, but our line will be an area of focus on offense, as we develop players to fill two open offensive line spots. The o-line has always been the determinant of success in our program. It will be important that our experienced players help our newcomers get to playing at a varsity level as quickly as possible. We return a solid group on defense, with experienced players at each level. There are many opportunities for younger players to see varsity experience this year, and we look forward to the competitions to win those spots, specifically at DT and LB.”

Five Year Trend (Playoffs)

  • 2020: 12-1 (State Champions)
  • 2019: 10-3 (State Quarterfinals)
  • 2018: 12-2 (State Semifinals)
  • 2017: 14-0 (State Champions)
  • 2016: 14-0 (State Champions)


I mean…is there a better way to start your head coaching career? I don’t think so. Jared Beshore stepped in as Lamar’s head coach last season and led the Tigers to a 12-1 record and their 8th state championship in 10 years in 2020. They averaged nearly 40 points per game, while only giving up 13.5 on defense per week. Their only loss came on September 11th, falling 42-41 on the road to McDonald County. It was a bit of a surprise, but the way they bounced back is a real testament to coach Beshore and the culture that’s been at Lamar High School for a long time. They’re champs. That’s what champs do. Lamar graduated a couple important players, including Rylan Wooldridge, who is playing at Pitt State, and Case Tucker, who is playing baseball at Missouri Southern.



RB/DE Trace Willhite (Sr) 6’1″, 205 lb – 1st team All-State DE

LB Robert Lawerence (Sr) 6’0″, 200 lb – 1st team All-State LB

OL/DL Tucker Torbeck (Sr) 6’1″, 270 lb – 1st team All-State OL

WR/DB Mason Gastel (Sr) 6’3″, 175 lb – 1st team All-State WR

OL/DL Jake Polodna (Sr) 6’0″, 240 lb – 2nd team All-Area OL

RB/DB Austin Wilkerson (Jr) 6’0″, 185 lb – 1st team All-State DB

RB/LB Logan Crockett (Jr) 6’0″, 195 lb – 1st team All-State RB

QB/DB Joel Beshore (Jr) 5’10”, 165 lb – 2nd team All-State DB

OL/DL Ryan Davis (Jr) 5’10”, 215 lb – 1st team All-Big 8 West C

OL/DE Tyson Williams (Jr) 6’3″, 220 lb – HM All-Area DE

RB/DB Terrill Davis (Jr) 5’10”, 170 lb – HM All-Area KR


WR/DB Jimmy Hearod (Sr) 5’9″, 155 lb

WR/DB Lance Mann (Sr) 5’10”, 160 lb

RB/DB Matthew Nance (Sr) 5’8″, 155 lb

OL/DE Stetson Wiss (Sr) 6’0″, 210 lb

TE/DL Michael Mills (Sr) 6’1″, 250 lb

OL/DL Mason Brown (Sr) 6’0″, 220 lb

OL/DL Konner Jordan (Sr) 6’0″, 230 lb

WR/DB Riley Heckadon (Sr) 5’10”, 150 lb

TE/LB Lane Duncan (Sr) 6’0″ 180 lb

“These 9 seniors will have an opportunity to compete for playing time and help lead our football team,” coach Beshore says, “They haven’t gotten their chance to get on the field on a regular basis, but they have learned to “work while they wait”, which is a lost character trait among many young people who want immediate playing time or they quit. I look for them to help our team in multiple ways this season.”


8/28 vs. Springfield Catholic

9/3 @ Reeds Spring

9/10 vs. McDonald County

9/17 @ Nevada

9/24 vs. Cassville

10/1 vs. Mt. Vernon

10/8 @ Monett

10/15 vs. Seneca

10/22 @ East Newton


This team has players. The skill guys they have back are impressive and are going to put up huge numbers. “We return many experienced players at the skill positions, but we lost some key leaders up front on our offensive line and at QB,” says coach Beshore, “There are opportunities in both areas for some of our less experienced players to make an impact on our team. Those returning starters will be counted on to be a positive influence and our 25 returning lettermen will be counted on to fill the open starting positions, and more importantly, build depth for our program.” On defense, the back end is going to be really good. There are playmakers back there, and Trace Willhite is a 1st team All-State defensive end returning on the defensive line. They have returning studs at every level on defense. “We return the majority of our defensive backfield from a year ago,” Beshore says of his defense, “but we need to replace half of our defensive line and develop a few linebackers to compete for a spot and create depth. Identifying and developing our defensive linemen and linebackers is a priority this off-season.” There’s not a lot more to say about Lamar. You know what they’re about. Beshore has stepped in and these guys know he’s the real deal. They have good players. Some really good players. They have a couple spots to fill, but my guess is that they’ll be right where they want to be when November rolls around. No sophomore slump for Jared Beshore.

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