LUDLOW, Mo. — A season after falling to Mound City 82-46 in the state title game, the Southwest Livingston Wildcats had aspirations of returning to the state title game — this time leaving victorious. Southwest Livingston senior running back and linebacker Patrick Warren talks about how the team compared from the 2019 season to this past season:
“I think this team is just a little bit different because as a group I feel like we have better chemistry. Our chemistry has been amazing. The receiver core, the o-line, the d-line, everything’s been there,” he says.
Despite those doubters, the Wildcats had a season in which they won a conference championship, district championship and returned to the Missouri 8-Man State Championship game. The Wildcats matched up with perennial powerhouse North Andrew County in the state title game. Head coach Oren Magruder talks about the title game.
“The difference of how we came out from last year to this year: It was very business-like. Last year I think we were a little white-eyed and just happy to be there. This year we were on a mission. Everybody just looked focused and ready to go and I thought that showed.”
The Wildcats of Southwest Livingston, Hale and Tina Avalon defeated the Cardinals by a score of 52-34 to win the first state title in school history. Hear the final play of the 2020 Missouri 8 Man State Championship game:
“For the first time in school history, the Southwest Livingston Wildcats are state champions. It happens at Jerry Litton Stadium on Bob Fairchild Field. The Oren Magruder-led Wildcats get it done in dominant fashion 52-34 over North Andrew. What a season and it’s official they get the trophy, the Wildcats are officially state champions!”
It was truly a season to remember for the Southwest Livingston Wildcats. Congratulations to the schools, player coaches and communities on being crowned state champs.
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