Harrisonville's perfect season ends in Webb City
By Jason Peake Special to PrepsKC
WEBB CITY, Mo. — The start couldn’t have been any better for the Harrisonville Wildcats.
Visiting Harrisonville stunned the five-time defending champion Webb City Cardinals by returning the opening kick 93 yards for a touchdown.
But unfortunately for the Wildcats, they would not score again.
And as a result, their season came to an end.
Webb City advanced to the Class 4 state semifinals with a dominating 45-7 victory over Harrisonville at Cardinal Stadium.
Harrisonville shocked the hosts by scoring on the first play of the game, as Wyatt Schenker sprinted 93 yards past the defense, breaking a couple of tackles on his way to the end zone.
That momentum didn’t last, however, as Webb City scored the next 45 points.
“It was a great start and we made it exciting for a little bit,” Harrisonville coach Brent Maxwell said. “But we couldn’t get a whole lot going after that. Credit Webb City, they’re a good football team. They didn’t play perfect, but they were pretty close.”
Webb City coach John Roderique said he was pleased with how his team responded after giving up the long kick return.
“That wasn’t the way we wanted to start the game,” Roderique said. “After that, you wouldn’t think that would be the only touchdown they would get. But that says a lot about our defense. Our defense is playing very well right now. I thought our coaches did an outstanding job of getting our kids ready to play.”
Now 13-0 and winners of 41-straight games, Webb City will continue its quest for a sixth-straight state championship next weekend, while Harrisonville ends its season at 12-1.
Webb City recorded 507 yards of total offense, with 349 on the ground and 158 through the air.
“With an option offense, if you can have some success running the ball you can open it up with some play-action passing,” Maxwell said. “And they were a little bit better than us at that tonight. You just have to give credit to their kids for making those plays. We were in decent position, but they came up with some great catches.”
Webb City senior running back Keaton Burroughs scored four touchdowns and compiled 140 rushing yards on 18 carries, while senior quarterback Tyson Roderique passed for 158 yards on just four completions. Roderique also ran for 131 yards on 11 carries, while senior Zach Davidson caught two passes for 105 yards with a touchdown. Kaden Roy and Calem Nutting made eight tackles apiece.
Webb City’s defense limited Harrisonville to 101 yards of total offense, with 77 rushing and 24 passing.
Speedy junior Morgan Salemaea ran 13 times for 48 yards and senior quarterback Chance Chamberlain added 20 rushing yards on 11 carries. Chamberlain completed two of 13 passes for 24 yards with an interception. Senior linebacker Austin Hastings had 10 tackles.
Down 7-0 right away, Webb City responded with Cory Duley’s 28-yard field goal. Trey Gibson’s interception gave the Cardinals good field position on the ensuing series, and two plays later, a scrambling Roderique completed a 39-yard touchdown pass to Derick Newby for the go-ahead score at the 6:08 mark of the first period.
The Cardinals extended their lead early in the second period, going 88 yards in only 55 seconds. Burroughs finished off a three-play drive by charging into the end zone from six yards out for a 17-7 advantage. A 71-yard pass from Roderique to Davidson set up the score.
After another Harrisonville three and out, Webb City struck again, once again going to the air, as Roderique rifled a 34-yard touchdown pass over the middle to Davidson for a 24-7 lead.
Burroughs scored three late touchdowns, with runs of 13, 2 and 3 yards for the final margin.
It was the second-straight season the Cardinals ended the Wildcats’ season, as Webb City knocked off Harrisonville 35-0 last year in the quarterfinals.
Maxwell said his team had a memorable season. He added there’s no shame in losing to a five-time defending state champion.
“Coming in our goal was to give them our best shot,” Maxwell said. “And I think we did that. But Webb City just played almost perfect.”
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