by Chris Morrow
The Lamar Tigers offensive line is a frightening site for defenses. It’s not just the look of intensity in the eyes of each member of the unit, nor is it the fact that they are one of the biggest and strongest lines in the state. The scary thing is how they work as a group – tight end to tight end they are seven strong but work as one, plowing paths for ball carriers. Halloween night the El Dorado Springs Bulldogs got to see it firsthand as the Tigers ran for 501 yards behind the line’s dominating performance on the way to a 63-6 victory.
“Our offense has rushed the ball for over 6,000 each of the last two seasons and we are on pace to do that again this year. That doesn’t happen unless your offensive line is dominant,” said Lamar Head Coach Scott Bailey, whose team improves to 9-1 with the victory.
The Big 8 Conference coaches recently selected the all conference teams for this season. Across the line, the Tigers got serious mention. Right guard Ben Bailey, right tight end Sam Bailey and left tackle Jimmy Keutzer were all named to the first team. Left guard Trenton Mooney, center Jack Gilkey and right tackle Angus Sprenkle were all named to the second team. Also critical to the group is left tight end Billy O’Brien.
The Tigers put up 56 first half points. Quarterback Trip Tucker got things started with a 10 yard scoring run, with Jared Beshore carrying it in for the two-point conversion. Beshore then scored on a 48 yard run. Lamar’s other quarterback in their two quarterback side-by-side attack, Levi Petersen, scored from 10 yards out. He would finish with 191 yards on only 10 attempts. Tucker scored on a five yard run and then Petersen found the end zone on carries of 11 and 79 yards.
Ethan Taffner got into the act, as did Todd Morrow, who was also busy kicking extra points all night long. Danny Embry added the Tigers only second half touchdown on a run of 14 yards.
Beshore also eclipsed the century mark with 103 yards rushing on only four carries.
Defensively the Tigers held the Bulldogs to only 15 yards through the air. They rushed for 94 yards.