Posted: Saturday, 24 November 2012 2:32PM

Webb City claims 11th state title



St. Louis, Mo. (OzarksSportsZone.com)  -- Webb City’s football machine manufactured another state title with ease on Saturday.

The Cardinals scored touchdowns on their first five possessions, steamrolling Helias Catholic for a 49-14 victory in the Class 4 title game at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.

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Webb City has won three consecutive state titles, five since 2006, and 11 overall. The Cardinals are now tied with Valle Catholic for the most football championships in state history.

“It’s great now, but I don’t think those type of (accomplishments) will hit you for a long time,” said Cardinals coach John Roderique.

The Cardinals scored three touchdowns in the first quarter. The lead grew to 35-0 until Helias scored with 17 seconds to go in the second quarter.

Webb City took a 7-0 lead four minutes into the game when quarterback John Roderique, Jr. took an option read keep to the right side and went 38 yards into the endzone.

A 53-yard playaction touchdown pass from Roderique to tight end Kohl Slaughter followed, giving Webb City a 14-0 lead. Helias never got back into the contest.

“People say, ‘Is this Webb City team better than that team?’ Or, ‘I think this team could beat the team from that year,’” said coach Roderique. “With respect to this year’s players and seniors, I try not to talk about that stuff. All I know is, I have a great group of players who have grown up wanting to do this… I’m very fortunate to be the coach at Webb City.”

Coach Roderique would see his son get two more touchdown runs that gave Webb City a 28-0 lead. Roderique, Jr. had 107 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns on 7 carries.

Cardinals senior running back Phoenix Johnson added a sensational 54-yard touchdown run at the 4:21 mark of the second quarter. Johnson juked a Crusaders defensive back in the open field.

“Our line really did a great job and there was a  big hole on that play. I just went to the outside, made one guy miss, and ran all the way in,” said Johnson, who finished with 144 rushing yards on 11 carries.
 
It was Helias’ third consecutive postseason loss to Webb City. Crusaders running back Garrett Buschjost rushed 21 times for 96 yards, and quarterback Wyatt Porter was 16 of 31 for 166 yards and two touchdowns.

Webb City played with a turbo clock for most of the second half after racking up a 35-7 lead at intermission.

The Cardinals have gone undefeated for 45 straight games, their last defeat coming to Kearney in the 2009 state semifinals. Saturday’s win marked the first three-peat for Webb City in football championships.

“It’s a special feeling, but even more so because you get to share the title with your friends, family and teammates,” said Roderique, Jr.

Webb City 49, Helias 14

Webb City 21 14 7 7 --- 49
Helias 0 7 0 7 --- 14

First quarter
Webb City – Roderique 38 run (Easley kick)
Webb City – Slaughter 53 catch from Roderique (Easley kick)
Webb City – Roderique 14 run (Easley kick)
Second quarter
Webb City – Roderique 22 run (Easley kick)
Webb City – Johnson 54 run (Easley kick)
Helias – Woodruff 3 catch from Porter (Szumigala kick)
Third quarter
Webb City – Smith 1 run (Easley kick)
Fourth quarter
Helias – Hentges 10 catch from Porter (Szumigala kick)
Webb City – Parra 20 run (Easley kick)

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