LAMAR — The Lamar Tigers built a 34-7 lead en route to a 49-28 victory Friday night over the McDonald County Mustangs in a Big 8 Conference West contest.
Lamar dual quarterbacks Donte Stahl and Case Tucker proved too much for McDonald County to handle and the Tigers rattled off 20 unanswered after McDonald County’s Trent Alik scored on a 6-yard TD run for a 14-7 score.
McDonald County broke the Lamar run with a Cole Martin to Michael Williams TD pass late in the third quarter.
McDonald County, 2-5 overall and 2-2 Big 8 West, returns to action in Week 8 with their home finale against Monett. The Mustangs play their final two games in division play against two of the three teams (Monett, Seneca) with one loss in conference play.
The Mustangs are now a distant eighth in the Class 4, District 6 standings and they should remain in that position given they play two Class 3 teams (Monett, Seneca) to finish the regular season and the teams (No. 7 Neosho, No. 6 Hillcrest) ahead of them play Class 4 and Class 5 schools.
McDonald County enters Week 8 at 19.67 points and Hillcrest and Neosho have 27.88 and 25.86 points, respectively.
If the season ended today, McDonald County would play top seed Webb City (6-1). The Cardinals’ only loss came against unbeaten Joplin.
Either Carl Junction or Webb City has ended McDonald County’s season in the first district game every season since 2013. Webb City did so in 2013-15 and last season, and Carl Junction did so in 2016-17. In the first season of the current district playoff format, 2012, Republic defeated McDonald County in the first round.