Lamar all-state QB Petersen commits to Pitt State

All-State QB Levi Petersen of Lamar (MO) led the Tigers to three state titles (His Image Studio)
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
Jan 16, 2014

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One of the top football players in all of Missouri is headed to play his college football in Southeast Kansas. Lamar (Mo.) senior all-state quarterback, Levi Petersen, committed to Pittsburg State Unviersity on Thursday.

"I chose Pitt because they have a lot of the same traditions as Lamar and they showed a genuine interest in me," Petersen said. 

Petersen, a 6-1 210 pound senior, led Lamar to three consecutive state football titles at the 2A level in Missouri. Petersen rushed for 6,300 career yards at Lamar. The Tigers, who ran a dual-quarterback system with Petersen out of the gun, dominated opponents this season by outscoring them 883-to-122.  That point total was just eight points shy of the national high school record (NFHS) for points scored in 15 games. He had 40 touchdowns this season for the Tigers despite playing limited time, due to blowouts. 

For Petersen, it came down to two schools (Central Missouri & Pittsburg State) and the Gorillas will bring him in as a QB, despite having limited pass attempts in a dominating run-heavy offense. "They are bringing me in as a QB. Coach Beck told me that I am going to have to touch up on some of my passing and reading defenses," Petersen said.

Lamar, who has an enrollment of just over 400 students, would be classified as a 4A school in the state of Kansas. The 2013 squad will go down as one of the most dominating teams ever in the state of Missouri. Lamar head coach Scott Bailey has ties to Pittsburg State, as he was an all-conference player for the Gorillas in the 1980's. 

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