No. 18 Webb City is heading back to the final in hopes of winning its sixth consecutive Missouri state title.
The Cardinals scored 21 unanswered points in the final quarter-and-a-half to break a 14-14 tie and down Central (Cape Girardeau) 35-14 on Saturday in a Class 4 state semifinal. Winners of 43 consecutive games, the Cardinals now head to the Edward Jones Dome on Friday for the title game.
Webb City (14-0) fumbled the ball for only the second time this season, and Central would capitalize a few plays later on a 1-yard TD run by quarterback Kway’Chon Chisom to tie the score at 14-14 with more than nine minutes left in the third quarter.
The Cardinals broke the deadlock on an 80-yard punt return by Nate Deadmond to take a 21-14 lead and then Hunter Vanlue scored on a 44-yard run with 1:05 left in the third quarter for a 28-14 edge.
Webb City dashed any comeback hopes on a 10-yard TD run by Keaton Burroughs in the fourth quarter.