Cardinals make history, win fifth consecutive State Title

Cameron Mellor (@CamMellor)
February 24, 2015



Winning a State Championship is one thing in high school football. Winning consecutive titles is another.


Matching a feat that had been done only once before by winning five in a row is in another stratosphere.


That’s exactly what Webb City High School did this past season, winning their fifth consecutive State Championship in Missouri’s Class 4. Their 5th straight title matched Valle Catholic as the only team’s in Missouri’s history to win five state titles in a row.


The Cardinals have now won 28 consecutive games dating back to last year and head coach John Roderique now has a combined 222-19 record in 18 years at the helm of Webb City. His 92% winning percentage ranks him as winningest coach in Missouri high school football history by percentage.


Webb City has now qualified for the playoffs in 14 consecutive seasons and under Roderique, the Cardinals have won 10 of the school’s 13 state titles. They have won 18 straight MHSAA playoff games to date.


In 2014, the Cardinals seemed to be a team on a mission to capture the school’s 13th championship, shutting out Missouri Class 5’s Carthage in the season opener, 21-0.


The 21-point victory over the Tigers would remain as the slimmest margin of victory through the entire season as the Cardinals would continually perform well on offense, defense and special teams.


Looking even more impressive in their week two matchup, Webb City traveled to face Class 6 opponent – Rockhurst. Led by quarterback and Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year, T.J. Green, the Hawklets would advance to the Class 6 State Championship game in 2014, despite being handed a loss at the hands of the Cardinals, 40-14, for Rockhurst’s lone blemish of the regular season. The Hawklets would lose the Class 6 State Championship to Christian Brothers College, 31-24, for only their second loss of the season.


The state of Arkansas’ highest classified division sent perennial contender Har-Ber to take on Webb City in a week three matchup. The Cardinals were unfazed by the Arkansas power, dismantling the Wildcats, 42-13.


After defeating Class 5’s Republic, 49-14, Webb City took on its fourth team from a higher class when they hosted Missouri Class 5 Nixa. The Cardinals impressed not only offensively, but defensively, holding the Eagles to just 140 yards and holding them off the scoreboard until the waning stages of the fourth quarter in their 47-7 victory.  


Like Rockhurst, Nixa would advance to their respective State Championship game, but fall short, 25-22 to Battle High School.


Webb City would finish the regular season with victories over Willard (46-15), Neosho (48-0), Ozark (38-7) and Branson (42-5) before entering the MHSAA Playoffs at 9-0.


The Cardinals opened up the postseason with a bang, scoring the most points of the season, a total of 71 in their 71-0 shutout victory over McDonald County. Maquel Harbin and Trent Parra each returned an interception for a touchdown in the first quarter against the Mustangs as defensive points would be a continued trait in the playoffs.


In the second round matchup against Bolivar for Webb City, Harbin would also record a ‘pick-six’, this time in the second quarter of the 56-7 blowout over the Liberators.


Webb City would jump out to a 35-0 lead over Carl Junction before trouncing the Bulldogs, 42-12 to advance to the quarterfinals. Against Harrisonville in the state quarters, Drake Humphrey secured a fumble recovery for a touchdown in the Cardinals 35-0 victory.


In the state semifinals, the Cardinals faced off against the high-powered offense of Kearney. The Wildcats averaged 33.6 points per game in 2014 but were held to a mere seven points in their 38-7 ousting at the hands of Webb City.


With their victory over Kearney in the semifinals, the Cardinals advanced to their 15th state championship game appearance in school history, hunting for their fifth consecutive title.



Equally impressive as that feat, the Cardinals defense had single-handedly outscored their first five opponents of the postseason, 30-26, recording five defensive touchdowns in the five games, including three against McDonald County.


In the Missouri Class 4 State Championship ‘Show Me Bowl,’ Webb City would square off against Central High School from Cape Girardeau. The Tigers would be playing in the school’s first ever state championship appearance.


It however, wouldn’t look like their first ever appearance on the big stage in the first quarter as Central jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Quarterback Peyton Montgomery rushed for two quick scores as Webb City couldn’t muster a sustained drive in the opening 12 minutes.


That all would change however as the Cardinals, led by their own quarterback Tyson Roderique, would score four quick times in the second quarter en route to a 27-14 halftime lead.

Roderique punched in two short touchdown rushes of his own before running back Keaton Burroughs scored from 1-yard out with 0:35 seconds remaining, to give Webb City a 21-14 lead.


With just 0:18 seconds remaining Central's Montgomery would be intercepted by Harbin as he tried to force a pass. Roderique would hit all-around athlete Kiante Hardin for 30 yards on the very next play to seemingly steal the remaining momentum and take a two-possession lead into the break.


The Tigers would get no closer than that in the second half, allowing Hardin to rush for a score from 15 yards out. Central would score one last time on a 38-yard pass from Montgomery to Jalen Reddin before Webb City would add two insurance touchdowns in the fourth quarter.


The 48-21 final would cap a perfect season for the Cardinals and their fifth consecutive state title.



The Cardinals, despite losing several seniors from 2014, including Hardin who will attend Minnesota next fall to play for former Webb City head coach Jerry Kill, will return their quarterback in Roderique. With a returning signal-caller and the state's all time winningest head coach in terms of percentage, there is no doubt the Cardinals will be ready when the fall season starts. 


Webb City will look to become the first ever team in Missouri high school football history to win six consecutive state titles as they will enter the 2015 fall season as arguably the state’s No. 1 team.


Offensive stat leaders

Rushing: Tyler Davison (1247 yards)

Passing: Tyson Roderique (1110 yards)

Receiving: Kiante Hardin (678 yards)

All-Purpose: Kiante Hardin (1290 yards)

Touchdowns: Keaton Burroughs (20)

Rush attempts: Tyler Davison (150 carries)

Receptions: Kiante Hardin (33 catches)


Defensive stat leaders

Total tackles: Kolesen Crane (54)

Tackles for loss: Kolesen Crane (12.5)

Sacks: Austin Carter (5)

Interceptions: Maquel Harbin (6)

Pass break ups: Kiante Hardin (13)

Fumbles forced: Drake Humphrey (3)

Fumbles recovered: Tyson Roderique (4)


Team statistics

Total scoring: 663 points

Opponent scoring: 122

Total offense: 5868 yards

Total rushing yards: 4663 yards

Total passing yards: 1205 yards

Opponent offense: 2559 yards

Opponent rushing yards: 1443 yards

Opponent passing yards: 1116 yards

Third down conversions: 49.7% (71/143)

Opponent third down conversions: 24.9% (45/181)

Turnover differential: +19 (19 interceptions, 18 fumbles)

Hundreds of athletes sign letters of intent on NSD


By: Cameron Mellor
February 10, 2014


Last Wednesday, one of the most exciting times for high school athletes dawned upon us, a day signifying a commitment to not only an education, but also the chance to play their respective sport at the next level. National Signing Day marked the day in which senior athletes must declare and fax in their letters of intent to their intended university, accepting their scholarship offer.


While some use NSD as the day to finally make known their college choice, others make what might have been known for awhile, official. Either way, it is a day that most athletes, especially high school football players, anxiously wait for most of their lives.


With the culmination of a number of high school careers, we’ll take a look back at the athletes whose programs used the HSGameCenter product and signed LOI’s to attend major college football programs last week.


Athlete, Position, High School, University:


Josh Malone, WR, Station Camp (Tenn.), Tennessee


John ‘Juju’ Smith, S, Long Beach Poly (Calif.), USC


Jeb Blazevich, TE, Charlotte Christian (N.C.), Georgia


Vic Wharton, WR, Independence (Tenn.), Tennessee


Rashaan Gaulden, WR, Independence, Tennessee


Parris Campbell, RB, St. Vincent St. Mary (Ohio), Ohio State


Dante Booker, LB, St. Vincent St. Mary, Ohio State


Kyle Berger, OT, St. Ignatius (Ohio), Ohio State


Jimmy Byrne, LB, St. Ignatius, Notre Dame


Matt Dickerson, DE, Serra (Calif.), UCLA


Traevohn Wrench, RB, Gardner Edgerton (Kan.), Kansas


Daniel Helm, TE, Glenwood (Ill.), Tennessee


Monte Harrison, WR, Lee’s Summit West (Mo.), Nebraska


Braden Smith, OG, Olathe South (Kan.), Auburn


Steven Parker, S, Jenks (Okla.), Oklahoma


Chris Lacy, WR, Desoto (Tex.), Oklahoma State


Dameon Willis, LB, St. Ignatius, Indiana


Qadree Ollison, RB, Canisius (N.Y.), Pittsburgh


Jack Kraus, TE, Bentonville (Ark.), Arkansas


Isaiah Gentry, WR, Moeller (Ohio), Minnesota


J.J. Jackson, DE, Woodgrove (Va.), Virginia


Hamilton Anoa’i, LB, Serra, Northwestern


Jarvion Franklin, RB, Victor J Andrew (Ill.), Western Michigan


Dalvin Warmack, RB, Blue Springs (Mo.), Kansas State


Juan Day, RB, North Little Rock (Ark.), Arkansas


Gaelin Elmore, TE, Somerset (Wis.), Minnesota


Conor Sheehy, DE, Marquette University School (Wis.), Wisconsin


Bo Hines, WR, Charlotte Christian, NC State


Logan Cheadle, CB, Lee’s Summit West, Missouri


Elijah Lee, LB, Blue Springs, Kansas State


Kaleb Prewett, S, Blue Springs, Kansas State


Lorenzo Featherston, DE, Page (N.C.), Florida State


Kevin Pendleton, OT, Lee’s Summit West, Missouri


Terian Goree, WR, Carthage (Tex.), North Texas


Austin Chambers, OT, Shawnee Mission West (Kan.), BYU


Alonzo Saxton, DB, Bishop Hartley (Ohio), Duke


Jimmie Swain, LB, Olathe North (Kan.), Oregon


Nick Orr, CB, Desoto, TCU


Phillipie Motley, DB, Hilliard Davidson (Ohio), Pittsburgh


Cole Walterscheid, DE, Muenster (Tex.), Oklahoma State


Bryan Mone, DT, Highland (Utah), Michigan


Pita Tonga, DT, Highland, Utah


Aaron Sharp, QB, Summer Creek (Tex.), UCLA


Brady Taylor, OT, Ready (Ohio), Ohio State


Aaron Mends, LB, Winnetonka (Mo.), Iowa


Dakota Allen, LB, Summer Creek, Texas Tech


James David, LB, Rockdale (Tex.), Baylor


Conner Krizancic, WR, Mentor (Ohio), Minnesota


Josh Pelzel, OT, Rockdale, Baylor


Justin Hobbs, WR, Shawnee Mission West, Tulsa


Kalil Morris, DT, Bishop Hartley, Kent State


Okeeron Rutherford, WR, Carthage, North Texas


Kendall Blanton, TE, Blue Springs South (Mo.), Missouri


Jordan Benson, OT, Blue Springs, Colorado State


Josh Watson, LB, Blue Springs South, Colorado State


Henry McGrew, LB, Blue Valley (Kan.), Illinois


Dylan Harding, S, Jenks, Oklahoma State


Donquell Green, WR, Burke County (Ga.), Marshall


Garret Bradbury, TE, Charlotte Christian, NC State


Austin McGehee, K, Pine Bluff (Ark.), Purdue


Blake Bogenschutz, QB, Carthage, UTSA


Patrick Reed, QB, Silsbee (Tex.), New Mexico


Gus Ragland, QB, Moeller, Miami (OH)


Jonathan Duhart, WR, Manchester (Va.), Old Dominion


Gasetoto Schuster, DT, Long Beach Poly, Utah State


Michael Siragusa, WR, St. Ignatius, Buffalo


Augie Touris, TE, Canisius, UTEP


Desmon White, ATH, Desoto, TCU


Howard Wilson, CB, Desoto, Houston


Shaquel Jackson, DT, Desoto, North Texas


Johnavhan Grahm, DE, Desoto, North Texas


Adrian Goodacre, OG, Carthage, UL-Lafayette


Dale Brown, WR, Lee’s Summit West, Northern Illinois


Elijah Moody, CB, Long Beach Poly, Nevada


Thor Katoa, LB, Pine View (Utah), Utah


Jordan Morgan, WR, Southridge (Ore.), Arizona


Donald Lewis Jr., CB, Central (La.), Tulsa


Tim Quirkel, LB, North Little Rock, Tulsa


Deion Holliman, WR, Camden Fairview (Ark.), LA Monroe


D’Kwan Sandolph, WR, St. James (La.), Minnesota


Jalen Harvey, DT, Clay-Chalkville (Ala.), Syracuse


Cameron Knight, TE, Shallowater (Tex.), Texas State


Devon Rogers, ATH, Hilliard Darby (Ohio), Air Force


Travonte Junius, ATH, St. Vincent St. Mary, Akron


Newman Williams, LB, St. Vincent St. Mary, Akron


Colton Freeman, C, San Angelo Central (Tex.), Houston


Mason Bendigo, QB, Eureka (Mo.), Illinois


Akili Taylor, RB, Ready, Kent State


Tristan McClone, RB, Warsaw Community (Ind.), Army


Jason Fao, DT, Long Beach Poly, UTEP


Anthony Holmes, WR, Valley (Iowa), Wyoming


David Morrison, QB, Concordia Lutheran (Ind.), Ball State


Evan Martin, OG, Lee’s Summit West, Navy


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HSGameCenter Users Shine on Signing Day

Congratulations to HSGC users across the state of Texas


By: Cameron Mellor
January 22, 2014


As National Signing Day nears, signifying the culmination of a number of high school careers, we see no better time than the present to reflect on a terrific football season and continue to unveil the first-annual, All-HSGC Award Lists for the 2013 football season.


Working now on a state-by-state basis, the same extensive parameters and essential criteria were considered for the coveted list. The All-HSGC Awards signify excellence on the field of key offensive positions and defensive players as a whole.


The quintessential component of the list was basic and to-the-point – your team must utilize the HSGameCenter program being delivered by Digital Scout. From there, the grading criterion included, but was not limited to, yards and touchdowns, team winning percentage, percentage of team total offense and much more.


After careful deliberation and hours of scouring over statistics from programs across Texas, the list of the first ever All-Texas HSGC Awards are here.


All-Texas Player of the Year:

Desmon White, Desoto High School (14-1)

Quarterback No. 12

5640 total yards, 59 total touchdowns


All-Texas First Team


Blake Bogenschutz, Carthage High School (15-1), No. 4

4197 total yards, 59 total touchdowns


Running Back:

Jarek Black, Shallowater High School (13-1), No. 35

3061 total yards, 36 total touchdowns


Dillon Gonzalez, Graham High School (14-1), No. 10

2571 total yards, 35 total touchdowns


Wide Receiver:

Tee Goree, Carthage, No. 5

1799 total yards, 28 total touchdowns


Phillip Baptiste, Copperas Cove High School (6-5), No. 1

1835 total yards, 17 total touchdowns


All-Texas Second Team


Ben Davis, Graham, No. 14

4226 total yards, 54 total touchdowns


Running Back:

Tevin Pipkin, Carthage, No. 15

2364 total yards, 22 total touchdowns


Cedric Battle, Hirschi High School (7-4), No. 3

2012 total yards, 27 total touchdowns


Wide Receiver:

Chris Lacy, Desoto, No. 15

1317 total yards, 16 total touchdowns


McCade Rice, Regents High School of Austin (9-3), No. 3

1448 total yards, 15 total touchdowns


All-Texas Third Team


Colton Kent, Cisco High School (16-0), No. 7

4076 total yards, 60 total touchdowns


Running Back:

Mason Reed, Cisco, No. 10

1909 total yards, 27 total touchdowns


Landon Boaz, Valley View High School (4-7), No. 25

2251 total yards, 23 total touchdowns


Wide Receiver:

Bryce Reeves, Graham, No. 7

1455 total yards,  14 total touchdowns


Pearce Loth, Rockdale High School (9-5), No. 6

1183 total yards, 14 total touchdowns


All-Texas Honorable Mention


Manny Harris, Copperas Cove, No. 10

4351 total yards, 44 total touchdowns


Grant Brown, Regents School, No. 15

3802 total yards, 45 total touchdowns


Clayton Gibbs, Rockdale, No. 7

3688 total yards, 44 total touchdowns


Running Back:

Vincent Johnson, Lubbock Monterey High School (3-8), No. 35

2238 total yards, 23 total touchdowns


Caleb Masters, Albany High School (13-1), No. 22

1957 total yards, 24 total touchdowns


Elijah Brooks, Rockdale, No. 32

1802 total yards, 23 total touchdowns


Joseph Paddock, Goldthwaite High School (8-5), No. 23

2027 total yards, 20 total touchdowns


Wide Receiver:

Tyler Taylor, Waco High School (8-4), No. 6

1468 total yards, 20 total touchdowns


Beau Blankenship, Gruver High School (10-1), No. 11

1145 total yards, 12 total touchdowns


Cole Waterscheid, Muenster High School (12-1), No. 82

983 total yards, 13 total touchdowns



All-Texas Defensive Player of the Year

Deshawn Harley, Hirschi, No. 15

65 total tackle, 55 solo, 19 tackle for loss, 6 sack, 1 interception


All-Texas Defensive Honorable Mention

Elijah Hull, Hirschi, No. 10

100.5 total tackle, 82 solo, 9 tackle for loss, 5 sack


Dillon Kirkland, Farwell High School (7-5), No. 8

99 total tackle, 77 solo, 11 tackle for loss, 0.5 sack, 1 interception


Dakota Allen, Summer Creek High School (11-1), No. 40

97.5 total tackle, 90 solo, 11 tackle for loss, 2 sack, 2 interception


Douglas Canada, Waco, No. 98

43 total tackle, 25 solo, 11.5 tackle for loss, 7.5 sack


Kai Rice, Regents School, No. 2

82 total tackle, 60 solo, 19 tackle for loss, 4.5 sack