Webb City shuts out Harrisonville

By Cole Young PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: November 11, 2017 - 1:02 AM

There are very few recipes for knocking off a powerhouse like Webb City.

Turning the ball over five times appears as an ingredient in none of them.

Harrisonville, who battled turnovers from start to finish, fell to Webb City 24-0 in a Missouri Class 4 quarterfinal.

“You can’t afford to have five turnovers against many teams, let alone a team like Webb City,” Harrisonville coach Brent Maxwell said.

In all the Wildcats gave up four fumbles and an interception in the season-ending loss.

The most painful turnovers happened on consecutive offensive plays.

After Nick Laughlin intercepted a Webb City pass, the Wildcats were down 7-0 and inside the Cardinal 15.

On a second down with under a minute left in the first half, the Wildcats turned it over.

After the Cardinals kneeled to end the half, Harrisonville trailed just 7-0 and started the third quarter with the ball.

“We felt pretty good at half, to be down 7-0,” Maxwell said. “I thought defensively in the first half we played really good. We exchanged turnovers early then we had an extra one. Still, we were in a great position going down 7-0. I was a little disappointed we didn’t take advantage of that red zone opportunity off of their turnover. Again, when you play good teams you have to come up with some points there, even if it is three.”

On the ensuing possession, the ball ended up again on the turf and again Webb City recovered.

The Cardinals wasted no time jumping out to a 14-0 lead. Webb City would add another 10 points, to take a 24-0 lead into the fourth quarter.

“We knew we would have to play very, very well maybe not perfect… We obviously had to play very well and tonight we didn’t play well enough,” Maxwell said.

While the Cardinals dominated the third quarter on the scoreboard, they dominated nearly every other stat line as well.

Harrisonville, which racked up over 400 yards of offense a week prior against Grain Valley, was held to just 52 total yards, including -9 on the ground. In the first quarter, the Wildcats ran just two plays.

Meanwhile Webb City used a balanced option attack to rack up 357 total yards including 281 of that on the ground.

The bitterly cold night was not the ending the defending MIssouri Class 4 team had in mind, but it was one Maxwell and his team hope they can build off.

“Again, not the way we wanted it to end, but being one of the eight teams playing tonight, we’ll take that,” he said.