Webb City’s run of Missouri state championship has ended.
The 17th-ranked Cardinals were stuffed at the 1-yard line in the final seconds and fumbled as Kearney pulled off a 17-14 victory in the Class 4 state title game Friday at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.
The loss ends a 42-game winning streak that was among the nation’s longest active runs of success. Before the Webb City run of state titles, Kearney was the last team to win the Class 4 crown, back in 2009.
Kearney’s Marcus Harris scores on a 1-yard run with 1:05 remaining in the third quarter to push the lead to 17-7.
Webb City QB Tyson Roderique scored on a 3-yard run with 4:22 remaining to cut the margin to 17-14.
After the defense forced a punt, Webb City got the ball back with 3:13 remaining and the ball on its own 20.
With 1:40 remaining, Webb City appeared to fumble at the 26-yard line. The official initially ruled it Kearney ball, but another official overruled and the drive continued.
Webb City had second-and-goal at the 1 with 14 seconds remaining before the fumble. (See the play in the video.)
For Kearney, the victory was No. 12 in a row after a loss in Week 3. Since then, the team has outscored its opponents by an average of 39 points per game and was looking forward to the rematch with Webb City. The Cardinals won in the state semifinals last year 38-7.