By Cody Thorn
Below are some of the top standouts and performers from Week 14 high school football games in all of Show Me State:
Joel Beshore, QB, Lamar
He threw for three touchdowns — two of them against Austin Wilkerson — and then scored another in a 56-14 win over Seneca in a Class 2 semifinal game. The Tigers are heading to the state title game for the 10th time in the last 12 years.
Sam Cross, RB, St Dominic
The Crusaders advanced in the Class 4 playoffs with a 42-14 win over West Plains. Cross, a senior, had touchdown runs of 53 and 5 yards.
James Dowdy, WR, Reed Feather
Wolves are going to the state championship game for the first time and he played a big part by catching seven catches for two touchdowns and 226 yards — which is considered a school record. He also returned an 80-yard push to score in the win over Sullivan.
Hayden Ecker, RB, North Andrew
The Cardinals’ standout defenseman ran for five touchdowns to help them return to the 8-man championship game on Friday with a 60-22 win over Archie.
Kendall Gurley, ATH, Francis Howell
Had two touchdowns in the first quarter to help the Vikings set the tone in a 35-13 win over Carthage. He ran for points from 37 and 15 yards against the Tigers in a Class 5 semifinals.
Dylan Hair, QB, Blair Oaks
The jack-of-all-trades star had a great day for the Falcons in a 66-48 shootout win over Bowling Green in a Class 2 semifinals. He threw for four touchdowns, ran for two more and had 631 total yards of offense.
Trevor Klein, RB, East Buchanan
The junior ran wild in a win over Duchesne in a Class 1 semifinal match. Klein had four quick touchdowns and caught a TD pass in a 41-14 win.
David Leonard, QB, St Mary’s
Last year’s Class 3 champions are in the Class 4 title game after earning a 37-23 win over reigning champion Smithville on Saturday. Leonard ran for two goals in the second half.
Elijah Leonard, QB, Lee’s Summit North
Leonard threw for 448 yards and four touchdowns — two for Zavian Lindsey — adding 25 yards rushing in the Class 6 loss of the championship game.
Jeremiyah Love, RB, Christian Brothers College
He scored the game winner in overtime to lead the Cadets to a second straight Class 6 title, winning 35-28 over Lee’s Summit North on Saturday. Love accounted for more than 300 yards, rushing for 212 and three points while adding three catches for 106 yards and two points.
Lucas McAllister, S., Christian Brothers College
McAllister came to victory over Lee’s Summit North with two clutch plays in the Class 6 championship game. He intercepted a pass in the fourth quarter that led to the Cadets’ game-winning touchdown and also blocked a potentially game-winning field goal after time was up to send the game into overtime.
Colton Miller, QB, Adrian
The Blackhawks go into the Class 1 title game after a 32-16 win over Monroe City. Miller ran 17 times for 162 yards and three touchdowns.
Greg Menne, QB, Fort Osage
He ran for three touchdowns and passed for another as the Indians advanced to the Class 5 Finals on Saturday with a 56-20 win over Cape Girardeau Central.
Fredrick Moore, WR, Cardinal Knight
In a 54-35 win over Pleasant Hill, the future Michigan Wolverine did a little of everything and scored five touchdowns. He caught two passes for points, ran in two more, and also added a 75-yard kickoff return.
Jackson Overton, RB, St Dominic
After making his season debut a week ago, Overton scored two touchdowns in the Crusaders’ 42-14 win over West Plains in the Class 4 semifinals.
Bryant Thomas, LB, Francis Howell
The Vikings finished the game with six turnovers on defense in a 35-13 win over Carthage, including two interceptions by the senior linebacker.
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