Mus­tangs Foot­ball Sea­son Ends

McDonald County Press - - FRONT PAGE - Rick Peck

McDon­ald County held high-pow­ered Webb City to 381 to­tal yards in the Mus­tangs’ firstround Mis­souri Class 4, Dis­trict 6, game. But the Car­di­nals took ad­van­tage of great field po­si­tion through­out the game to claim a 55-13 win on Oct. 26 at Webb

City High School.

McDon­ald County held high-pow­ered Webb City to 381 to­tal yards in the Mus­tangs’ firstround Mis­souri Class 4, Dis­trict 6, game.

But the Car­di­nals took ad­van­tage of great field po­si­tion through­out the game to claim a 55-13 win on Oct. 26 at Webb City High School.

“Ob­vi­ously, Webb City is a very good team,” said coach Kellen Hoover. “They are peren­ni­ally in the state championship con­ver­sa­tion and this year is no dif­fer­ent. They have their pro­gram to a place where we want ours to get even­tu­ally. Our kids played hard. We bat­tled and never quit. At no time did I see the fight go out of our kids — un­til the last whis­tle, they were still try­ing to get that next first down that would lead to the next touch­down. That was good to see and that says a lot about our kids.”

Webb City forced McDon­ald County to punt on the Mus­tangs’ first series, tak­ing over at its own 49-yard line.

The Car­di­nals took just two plays, in­clud­ing a 43-yard touch­down pass from Cade Bea­son to Devrin Weathers with 9:43 left in the first quar­ter, to get on the score­board. Cameron Clark added the first of his seven ex­tra points to give the Car­di­nals a 7-0 lead.

But McDon­ald County shocked Webb City on the Mus­tangs’ en­su­ing pos­ses­sion. McDon­ald County started on its own 35-yard line af­ter Clark’s kick­off went out of bounds and went 65 yards in 15 plays to cut the lead to 7-6 with 3:54 left in the first quar­ter.

Se­nior run­ning back Oak­ley Roessler and ju­nior quar­ter­back Ben Mora keyed the drive. Roessler car­ried eight times for 34 yards, while Mora car­ried three times for 22 yards and com­pleted his one pass at­tempt on the drive to Mar­shall Fore­man for eight yards.

McDon­ald County con­verted two fourth-down at­tempts along the way. Roessler gained a yard on fourth and inches at the Webb City 14 and Mora went for three on fourth and two from the five. Roessler capped the drive with a one-yard run on the Mus­tangs’ 15th play of the drive.

“Our of­fen­sive line played well all night and so did Oak­ley,” Hoover said. “I thought, of­fen­sively, we did a lot of re­ally good things against a re­ally good de­fense. They are not giv­ing up many points at all this year and we drove the ball down the field and punched it in against their first team de­fense. That was good to see from our kids at a point where they could have cashed it in be­cause Webb City had stuffed us on our first pos­ses­sion and then busted a big play for a quick touch­down. Our kids came out and put a re­ally good drive to­gether and it was good to see us ex­e­cute that well against that level of a de­fense.”

Webb City an­swered by scor­ing touch­downs on five of its next six pos­ses­sions to take a 41-6 lead at half­time.

“You can’t sim­u­late their speed in prac­tice,” Hoover said. “You would have to put 12 or 13 guys out there to prac­tice against their speed. We way they get their reads and fill gaps against our of­fense — you just can’t prac­tice against it. Their skill peo­ple on of­fense have speed we don’t ever see dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son.”

The Car­di­nals made it 48-6 on their first play from scrim­mage in the se­cond half, a 61-yard run by Weathers be­fore Roessler capped a 48-yard drive with a 30-yard touch­down with 1:33 left in the third quar­ter. Roessler’s touch­down was set up by a Mora to Bos­ton Dowd pass that was good for 23 yards.

Webb City added a touch­down with less than six min­utes to go to cap a 14-play, 73-yard drive.

Roessler fin­ished with 106 yards on 25 car­ries, while Mora had 22 yards on seven car­ries. Mora added 61 yards through the air, com­plet­ing seven of 14 passes. Fore­man caught three passes for 26 yards. Dowd had two re­cep­tions for 51 yards.

Du­rand Henderson led the Webb City ground at­tack, car­ry­ing eight times for 151 yards and three touch­downs. Bea­son com­pleted five of five at­tempts for 90 yards and two touch­downs.

Michael Wil­liams led the McDon­ald County de­fen­sive charts with 13 tack­les. Jack Teague, Ju­nior Eliam and Micah Burkholder had 10 each.

McDon­ald County fin­ished the year with a 3-7 record, while Webb City takes its 10-0 record into a dis­trict semi­fi­nal con­test against Carl Junc­tion on Nov. 2 at Webb City High School.

“I thought, of­fen­sively, we did a lot of re­ally good things against a re­ally good de­fense. They are not giv­ing up many points at all this year and we drove the ball down the field and punched it in against their first team de­fense. That was good to see from our kids at a point where they could have cashed it in be­cause Webb City had stuffed us on our first pos­ses­sion

and then busted a big play for a quick touch­down.”

Kellen Hoover

MCHS Foot­ball Coach

RICK PECK/SPE­CIAL TO MCDON­ALD COUNTY PRESS

McDon­ald County run­ning back Oak­ley Roessler (8) runs for some of his 106 yards be­fore Webb City’s Kade Hicks (12) makes a stop dur­ing the Car­di­nals 55-13 win on Oct. 26 at Webb City High School.

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