Many of the folks in Webb City are one win away from spending the holiday weekend in St. Louis once again.
The Webb City High School football team dominated Sullivan 35-6 on Saturday, advancing to the Class 4 state semifinal for the fifth straight season.
The Cardinals (13-0) will play at St. Louis St. Mary’s at 1:30 p.m. Saturday with hopes of earning win No. 44 in the current streak. It also would put Webb City back into the state championship Nov. 24 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis for a chance at a third straight title.
“We played pretty average,” Webb City coach John Roderique said. “We could’ve done a better job, but give them credit, too. They did a nice job controlling the ball.”
Webb City blocked a punt to lead to a score, and then Phoenix Johnson returned a blocked field goal for a touchdown to give the Cardinals a 21-0 lead in the second quarter.
Johnson added two rushing touchdowns, and Roderique’s quarterback son, John, rushed for a touchdown and hit Kohl Slaughter for another.
Webb City running back Cooper Smith also scored.
* Valle Catholic wins again: It’s a tough hurdle that Miller can’t seem to clear.
The Cardinals (12-1) lost in the Class 1 quarterfinal to Valle Catholic for the third time in four seasons, this time with a 48-25 loss in Ste. Genevieve.
“They have good players, they coach well, and they execute,” Miller coach Dustin Baldwin said. “They play fast. At our level, we don’t see the competition they do. We go up against them and it’s a different speed. But we did some good things.”
Valle Catholic (11-2) also beat Miller in the 2010 quarterfinal, 56-26, and in ’09, 42-6.
Tyler Fallert rushed for 330 yards and seven touchdowns for Valle Catholic.
“He was the difference of the game,” Baldwin said. “We didn’t tackle him that well.”
Two-time defending champion Valle Catholic will play host to Tipton on Saturday.
* Skyline falls to Tipton: Skyline could not hold on to its 7-6 halftime lead, falling to Tipton 28-7 in a Class 1 quarterfinal.
Logan Bryan scored the lone touchdown for the Tigers (10-2), a 2-yard run in the second quarter.
Dallas Peoples scored two touchdowns, and Ethan Koechner grabbed two Riley Brant touchdown passes for Tipton (13-0).