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)

Congratulations to HSGC users across the state of Minnesota

 

By: Cameron Mellor
January 28, 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 Minnesota, the list of the first ever All-Minnesota HSGC Awards are here.

 

All-Minnesota Player of the Year:

John Larson, Braham Area High School (11-1)

Quarterback No. 9

3203 total yards, 39 total touchdowns

 

All-Minnesota First Team

Quarterback:

Austin Buysse, Minneota High School (13-1), No. 11

2171 total yards, 34 total touchdowns

 

Jackson Erdmann, Rosemount High School (11-2), No. 2

1949 total yards, 26 total touchdowns

 

Running Back:

Ryan Bruggeman, Pelican Rapids High School (6-4), No. 6

2176 total yards, 28 total touchdowns

 

Kane Carstens, Lourdes High School (10-2), No. 30

1780 total yards, 27 total touchdowns

 

Wide Receiver:

Zach Dahlman, Braham Area, No. 14

1053 total yards, 13 total touchdowns

 

Jordan Beck, Minneota, No. 10

612 total yards, 15 total touchdowns

 

All-Minnesota Second Team

Quarterback:

Ryan Synoground, Austin High School (6-4), No. 5

2076 total yards, 24 total touchdowns

 

David Ponath, St. Croix Lutheran High School (11-2), No. 15

2119 total yards, 31 total touchdowns

 

Running Back:

Hesston Bachmann, Frazee High School (7-3), No. 42

1890 total yards, 16 total touchdowns

 

Jeff Gladis, Minneota, No. 24

1777 total yards, 14 total touchdowns

 

Wide Receiver:

Casey Decker, Maple River High School (9-2), No. 3

1373 total yards, 15 total touchdowns

 

TJ Fulton, Wabasso High School (9-2), No. 3

1109 total yards, 15 total touchdowns

 

All-Minnesota Third Team

Quarterback:

Brandon Helget, St. Mary’s of Sleepy Eye High School (12-1), No. 2

2339 total yards, 27 total touchdowns

 

Brady Berge, Kasson-Mantorville High School (9-2), No. 1

2366 total yards, 22 total touchdowns

 

Running Back:

D’Aireus Mock, Columbia Heights High School (7-3), No. 28

1664 total yards, 17 total touchdowns

 

Dimitri Williams, Rosemount, No. 1

1749 total yards, 25 total touchdowns

 

Wide Receiver:

Brandon Mager, Pine River-Backus High School (8-3), No. 25

958 total yards, 15 total touchdowns

 

Ben Ellefson, Hawley High School (10-2), No. 14

1070 total yards, 17 total touchdowns

 

All-Minnesota Honorable Mention

Quarterback:

Jordan Harms, Hawley, No. 7

1526 total yards, 21 total touchdowns

 

Neil Eichten, Wabasso, No. 5

1651 total yards, 20 total touchdowns

 

Running Back:

Brady Lange, Lewiston-Altura High School (6-4), No. 22

1579 total yards, 15 total touchdowns

 

Zach Knox, Stillwater Area High School (3-6), No. 27

1715 total yards, 18 total touchdowns

 

Luke Kelvington, Foley High School (6-3), No. 8

1461 total yards, 18 total touchdowns

 

Wide Receiver:

Bret Lukes, Austin, No. 7

1108 total yards, 10 total touchdowns

 

Tyler Beehler, Foley, No. 2

1108 total yards, 9 total touchdowns

 

Caleb Olson, St. Croix Lutheran, No. 13

746 total yards, 9 total touchdowns

 

 

All-Minnesota Defensive Player of the Year

Daniel Harrison, Minneota, No. 42

47 total tackle, 33 solo, 19 tackle for loss, 13.5 sack

 

All-Minnesota Defensive Honorable Mention

Jordan Beck, Minneota, No. 10

37 total tackle, 19 solo, 15.5 tackle for loss, 10.5 sack

 

Aaron Trio, Maple River, No. 5

51 total tackle, 32 solo, 14.5 tackle for loss, 6 sack

 

Colten Carlson, United South Central High School (5-4), No. 64

83 total tackle, 68 solo, 11 tackle for loss, 4 sack, 1 interception

 

Tanner Bock, Wabasso, No. 24

69.5 total tackle, 36 solo, 11 tackle for loss, 1 sack, 2 interception

 

Ted Frid, South St. Paul High School (9-2), No. 29

49.5 total tackle, 42 solo, 8.5 tackle for loss, 2 sack, 4 interception

Teams' Live Stats on HSGC All Season Long 

 

By Dan Fronczak

December 18, 2013

 

This football season, millions of fans logged onto HSGameCenter.com for high school play-by-play statistics. And what they saw was live data streaming in from all across the country from thousands of teams, including 24 who won state football titles and 14 state runner ups. Additionally, 2 are playing for championships this weekend - Booneville and Cisco.

 

Congrats to all of our teams and their fans on a successful 2013 campaign.

 

HSGC State Champs:

 

Acadiana, LA

Avon,         SD

Bentonville,     AR

Bishop Kelly, ID

Blue Springs, MO

Blue Valley,   KS

Buhler,     KS

Canisius,  NY

Charlotte Ch., NC

Dowling Cath., IA

Fargo South, ND

Grand Meadow, MN

Jenks,      OK

Kirtland,   OH

Lee's Summit W., MO

Mahnomen, MN

Maryville,   MO

Middletown,  MD


 

Murphy,  NC

New Canaan, CT

Shelley,              ID

Shiocton,   WI

St. Croix Luth., MN

SVSM,           OH

 

HSGC State Runner Ups:

 

Pine Bluff, AR

Serra, CA

Shawnee Mission East, KS

South Christian, MI

Minneota, MN

Rosemount, MN

Underwood, MN

Aquinas, NE

Westside, NE

West Morris Mendham, NJ

Charlotte Latin, NC

Adamsville Senior, TN

Pine View, UT

Sherando, VA

 

By Cameron Mellor

October 22, 2013

 

Some high school football players dream of being able to score a touchdown under the lights of Friday night.  Some make that dream a reality, but many more fall short.

 

One player on the other hand, scored six touchdowns in just one game under the proverbial Friday Night Lights – even if his game was on a Wednesday night.  That player is Matt Hunt of the Mounds View Mustangs in Arden Hills, Minnesota.

 

 

 

Hunt, a senior fullback, led the way in a back and forth slug fest this past Wednesday night against the Roseville Raiders.  His 216 rushing yards and six touchdowns set the tone and were good enough to garner Hunt the National HSGC Player of the Week honors.

 

“He is an inspirational and physical leader as captain of our football team,” Mounds View head coach Jim Galvin said.

 

Hunt got the scoring started early against Roseville as he notched his first touchdown just a little over three minutes into the first quarter.  He continued his scoring ways as he gashed the Raider defense for two more touchdowns in the second quarter.

 

Mounds View and Roseville went to half time with the Mustangs leading 21-19.

 

Scoring continued to be fast and furious in the second half as the lead changed eight times in the final two frames.

 

Hunt scored three more times in the second half, including a 51-yard scamper in the third quarter that halted a 21-point run by the Raiders.  Hunt punched in his final two touchdowns of the game each from one yard away and each in the fourth quarter, giving him 17 rushing touchdowns on the season.

 

“He has 17 touchdowns on the year and is three shy of tying the school record for rushing touchdowns in a season,” Galvin said.

 

Hunt has been successful all season long, but his coach attributes his team’s success over the past three games to the senior fullback.

 

“He has had a great end to the regular season,” Galvin said. “In the last three games, he has 65 carries for 539 yards and 10 touchdowns."

 

“When Matt gets it going, so does our team.”

 

Hunt and the Mustangs finished the regular season at 6-2 overall and are looking to exact revenge in the first round of the playoffs against a White Bear Lake team that defeated them just two weeks ago, 45-25.

 

Mounds View and White Bear Lake clash in the opening round of the Minnesota High School Playoffs this Friday night at 7:00 pm Central Time and can be followed live at this link: http://www.hsgamecenter.com/football/boys/game/2246359