Mus­tangs Foot­ball Sea­son Ends

McDonald County Press - - FRONT PAGE - Rick Peck

The Mus­tangs suf­fered an up­set at Webb City on Fri­day with a 4914 loss to close out the foot­ball sea­son. How­ever, the first score re­ported from the game

in Mis­souri Class 4, District 6, surely had the Twit­ter world in shock.

The first score re­ported from the McDon­ald County ver­sus Webb City game in Mis­souri Class 4, District 6, foot­ball game surely had the Twit­ter world in shock.

McDon­ald County’s Levi Helm re­cov­ered a Webb City fum­ble on the Car­di­nals’ first pos­ses­sion of the game that led to a 14-yard touch­down pass from Cole Martin to Trent Alik. Jared Mora’s PAT gave the Mus­tangs a 7-0 lead with 7:34 left in the first quar­ter.

But Webb City quickly righted the ship, scor­ing touch­downs on four of its re­main­ing six first-half pos­ses­sions to take a 28-7 lead at in­ter­mis­sion on the way to a 49-14 win on Nov. 1 at Webb City High School.

Webb City’s all-state re­ceiver Ter­rell Ka­bala keyed the Webb City first-half scor­ing out­break, scor­ing three con­sec­u­tive touch­downs after Devrin Weathers, the sec­ond bul­let from the Webb City one-two punch of Ka­bala and Weathers, had the Car­di­nals’ first touch­down of the first half.

Weathers scored on an eight­yard run that capped a 56-yard drive, that along with the first of seven ex­tra points by Cameron Clark, tied the game at 7-7 with 6:23 left in the first quar­ter.

Ka­bala then put Webb City up 14-7 on an eight-yard run with 1:47 left in the open­ing pe­riod.

Webb City quar­ter­back Eli God­dard opened the sec­ond quar­ter by hit­ting Ka­bala with a short pass that the se­nior speed­ster turned into a 71-yard touch­down to stretch the lead to 21-7

God­dard and Ka­bala con­nected

“We played a cou­ple of good se­ries on both sides of the ball. I was proud of our kids when Webb City went ahead. We kept try­ing to score and try­ing to stop them. Our kids never laid down and they played with a lot of pride and fought to

the end.”

Kellen Hoover

MCHS Foot­ball Coach

a sec­ond time — this time for a 26-yard touch­down for a 28-7 lead at half­time.

The Car­di­nals had a chance for a last-sec­ond field goal, but Mora blocked Clark’s 37-yard at­tempt as the horn sounded.

Ka­bala opened the sec­ond half with a 63-yard touch­down run on the first play from scrim­mage be­fore God­dard hit Gary Clin­ton with a 10-yard touch­down pass to give Webb City a 42-7 lead with 7:03 left in the third quar­ter.

Jack Teague stopped the Car­di­nals’ next drive, re­cov­er­ing the third Webb City fum­ble of the game at the home team’s 30-yard line.

Martin ran for 13 yards and hit Dylan Al­li­son for six be­fore Ju­nior Teriek car­ried for two yards to the nine. Martin then faked to Teriek be­fore go­ing straight up the mid­dle for a nine-yard touch­down to cut the lead to 42-14 with 10 sec­onds left in the third quar­ter.

Ka­bala wasted no time stretch­ing the lead back to 35 points, re­turn­ing the en­su­ing kick­off 67 yards for a 49-14 lead.

McDon­ald County then marched from its own 29 to the Webb City 20 be­fore turn­ing the ball over on downs and al­low­ing Webb City to run out the clock.

Martin hit Al­li­son for 16 yards, and Alik for seven, while Teague ran for 13 yards on two car­ries and Teriek had 14 yards on four car­ries to key the drive.

“We came out and did some good things of­fen­sively on our first drive be­fore we stalled out,” MCHS Foot­ball Coach Kellen Hoover said. “But we moved the ball a little and that al­lowed us to punt and pin them back in their own ter­ri­tory.

“Our de­fense got us a fum­ble and the of­fense went in for the score. We played a cou­ple of good se­ries on both sides of the ball. I was proud of our kids when Webb City went ahead. We kept try­ing to score and try­ing to stop them. Our kids never laid down and they played with a lot of pride and fought to the end.

“From an of­fen­sive per­spec­tive, we scored the third-most points Webb City has al­lowed all year. We put up 14 points and hon­estly had a chance for an­other score or two. De­fen­sively, their of­fense is fast and phys­i­cal. We knew it was go­ing to be a tall or­der and we would have to play our ab­so­lute best game. They were able to do some things against us. Ka­bala and Weathers are two guys you just don’t see weekto-week in our con­fer­ence.”

McDon­ald County gained 216 to­tal yards, in­clud­ing 99 on the ground. Teriek fin­ished 80 yards on 19 car­ries to lead the ground game. Martin com­pleted 11 of 24 passes for 117 yards. Alik caught five passes for 63 yards, while Al­li­son had four catches for 36 yards.

Ka­bala ran for 115 yards on just four car­ries. Weathers added 117 on nine car­ries. God­dard com­pleted eight passes to six dif­fer­ent re­ceivers for 173 yards.

McDon­ald County fin­ishes the sea­son 2-8 over­all, in­clud­ing a 2-4 record in the West Divi­sion of the Big 8 Con­fer­ence.

RICK PECK/SPE­CIAL TO MCDON­ALD COUNTY PRESS

McDon­ald County run­ning back Ju­nior Teriek (7) runs for a nice gain dur­ing the Mus­tangs’ 49-14 loss to Webb City on Fri­day at Webb City High School.

RICK PECK/SPE­CIAL TO MCDON­ALD COUNTY PRESS

McDon­ald County quar­ter­back Cole Martin gets tack­led by Webb City’s Jack­son Tay­lor (37) and Cohl Vaden (16) dur­ing the Car­di­nals’ 49-14 win on Fri­day at Webb City High School.

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