Class 4 football power Webb City rolled into Kansas City Friday night as the
four-time state champions in their class, but the question on almost
everyone’s mind was: could a David come into the big city and whip Goliath?
Class 6 Rockhurst, a traditional contender for the big-class championship
and a decisive winner in their first game against a fine Columbia Rock
Bridge team, made it look as if Webb City was in serious trouble after the
first eight minutes of the game, taking a 14-0 lead and scoring on both of
their first drives.
One team was in trouble, but it wasn’t Webb City.
The Cardinals used a dominant offensive line to score 27 unanswered points
before halftime, completing four drives by pounding away at the Hawklets
with their option run attack. Even though two of the four first half scores
came in the air, it was the running game that turned the momentum solidly in
Webb City’s favor. Quarterback Tyson Roderick ran the option with
precision, and then used long play action to passes to strike twice to wide
out Kiante Hardin for two first half scores.
It was Hardin’s first touchdown catch that may have been the play of the
game, as a long, floating pass was seemingly intercepted by a Rockhurst
defender, only to have Hardin strip the ball out of the defender’s hands as
they both came down to the turf. Hardin easily covered the final 10 yards
as the Hawklets looked on helplessly.
After a lightning delay of more than an hour at halftime, Webb City
continued to dominate Rockhurst amid spotty rain showers in the second half,
and came away with a 40-14 win.
Webb City is 2-0, and Rockhurst is 1-1.