Beaman, Cardinals, Ready To Write Their Final High School Chapter

Johnie J. Logue
Enterprise Staff
Very few believed in them a year ago. They were criticized for their schedule and for not running up huge scores in their 13 victories. Yeah, they lost 44-0 to Hayti in the Championship game, but Hayti was loaded with six D-1 players. To no surprise, Hayti is ranked first again this season. This time around, the Lincoln Cardinals are ready and they know they have a chip on their shoulders going in. Their goal is the state title and just being good won’t be good enough.
Senior QB Jackson Beaman should be close to 100% and if that is true, then look for good things this season. Beaman was rated as one of the best 25 players in Missouri last year by Sports Zone. 
Bo Kroenke  took over the QB position when Beaman was hurt last year and did an outstanding job.
Head Coach Kevin LaFavor returns for his second season as head coach. They have 35 players and return six All State players. That by itself spells trouble for opposing teams.
As always, they have their secret weapon is Devon Parrott, a kicking specialist that very few 1A schools have.
Defensive coordinator Jamie Henderson retired and Nolan Wilson comes on board for his first season. He has some intriguing ideas on how to force more turnovers. Should be interesting.
Keys will be a healthy Nate Hesse, who was an all-state wide receiver last season. He has struggled with injuries over the summer. They will need to find a running back and Parker Engles will be given a shot.
 The big, strong Senior Tanner Bays will man the line on both ends of the ball and is coming off an All- State season. Joe Bittner could become a huge offensive weapon as a wide-out and then you have Kroenke who can go get the ball with the best of them.
Other questions will be their depth and their ability to stay healthy. However,  the biggest question is will they be good enough to stand up to Hayti or to some other power house that they will meet in the playoffs. Their goal is state and the championship trophy alongside the softball trophy would look nice in their trophy case.
Cole Camp gave them a tremendous scare last season in the fog and could be double tough this time around. 
They should be fun to watch. So stay tuned. As always, the BCE will have full coverage of each and every game. The fall sports edition should be out in a few weeks.