500 E. 15th St. Beardstown, Illinois 62618
The schools 2010 enrollment numbers are 442. The Tigers' colors are Black/Orange. Beardstown has qualified for the IHSA playoffs 15 times, the last playoff appearance was 2006.
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Since its last playoff appearance in 2006, the Beardstown football program has slowly increased its wins total in each year. Following a (7-4) finish in the '06 season, the Tigers mustered just a single win the following season. In Aaron Elmore's first year, the Tigers won two games, and improved by another win last fall, finishing (3-6).
Six of their nine opponents last year were playoff qualifiers, and half of them advanced to at least the second round. One area the Tigers must improve upon, is the defense. Last year's unit allowed almost 39 points/game. The offense did their best to keep up with some juggernauts on the other side, scoring just under 19 points/game.
Beardstown returns some skill positions on offense, but only five starters are back. Caleb Bell (5'9" 160 Sr. QB) will be leading the offense. He will have two veterans in the backfield, Brady Spears (5'10" 175 Jr. RB) and Wes Carlock (5'10" 165 Jr. RB). Bell and Spears were all-conference picks in the West Prairie Trail's Southwest division. Spears rushed for eight touchdowns last year. On the offensive line, Jake Logsdon (5'11" 220 Sr. OT) and Tyler Patterson (6'0" 180 Sr. OT) are back.
Defensively, six starters return. Up front, Mat Roegge (6'4" 275 Jr. DL) and Austin Jones (5'11" 175 Jr. DL) are back. Carlock returns at Linebacker, where he totaled 39 tackles last season as a sophomore. Three members of the Tigers secondary return. Bell, Spears, and Jed Lux (5'9" 160 Sr. DB). Bell had 46 total tackles last season.
"Team that could have a good year based on youthful experience and aggressiveness," coach Aaron Elmore said on the 2010 season outlook. He will have some newcomers that could step up and bring quite a bit to the table. Jarod Stock (6'3" 220 Sr. OL/DL), Carlos Garcia (5'10" 215 Sr. RB/LB), Sam Hardwick (5'11" 160 Jr. QB/DB), Joey Luna (5'10" 165 Jr. RB/DB), and Sean Taylor (5'10" 170 Jr. LB) will all be fighting for playing time this offseason.
It's a completely different schedule for Beardstown this year. Just four of their opponents on last year's schedule are members of the Prairieland Conference, since the dissolvement of the mega-conference, West Prairie Trail. "Very competitive," Elmore said about the new 12-team, two division league. "Farmington (the) early favorite," he added.
Aaron Elmore enters his third season at Beardstown, where his record is (5-13). Brad Allen is the Tigers defensive coordinator this fall.
According to IHSA records, Beardstown has had one undefeated season, and that came during the fall of 1936, when the Tigers finished, (9-0), under head coach Clyde McQueen.
Don "Skip" Dillon coached Beardstown for 15 seasons, (89-57). His teams qualified for the IHSA playoffs nine times, including a string of six consecutive, that carried over into Rich Thompson's reign as head coach, for an additional three years.
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