Nixa came within two feet of being the first Missouri football team to defeat Webb City since 2009.
A second chance at home comes Friday in the News-Leader Game of the Week.
On Sept. 27, 2013, Nixa and Webb City played their way into overtime. Nixa had a chance to win in regulation, but an offense with a backfield tandem of quarterback Jacob Karlson and running back Alec Murphy were stopped inside the Webb City 1-yard line on a late fourth down play.
Nixa kicker Logan Tyler hit a field goal in overtime, but a 25-yard touchdown pass from Tyson Roderique to Kiante Hardin won the game for Webb City.
Where are they now? Key players from Webb City’s 27-24 overtime win at Nixa in 2013:
Hardin’s Webb City connection led him to the University of Minnesota to play for the Gophers under former Webb City coach Jerry Kill. Hardin did not redshirt and saw action in a reserve role on defense and on special teams. He recorded one tackle on a punt return in his first game against TCU. Kill is in his fifth season coaching Minnesota. He coached Webb City for two years, leading the Cardinals to an 11-1 record in 1988 and an undefeated 14-0 state championship season in 1989.
Roderique went on to become Webb City’s full-time starting quarterback and led the Cardinals to win their fifth consecutive state championship in 2014. The son of iconic Webb City coach John Roderique passed for 1,143 yards and rushed for 816 yards and 10 touchdowns his junior year. Tyson Roderique has three passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns this season, but has been saddled with an injury and did not play last week against Republic. His status for Friday night’s game at Nixa is uncertain.
After graduating at Nixa, Karlson played one season of junior college baseball at Independence Community College in Kansas. Karlson appeared in 30 games for the Pirates as an outfielder and had a fielding percentage of .974. He has since left Independence and is on the baseball roster at College of the Ozarks alongside former Nixa teammates J.D. Payne and Austin Schweiss.
Murphy rushed for 1,973 yards and 22 touchdowns as a junior. He was hampered by an injury his senior year, but still gained 867 yards and 12 touchdowns. Murphy upheld a commitment to Mississippi State University and signed with the Bulldogs in the spring of 2015. He is presently attending college in Starkville and training with the Mississippi State football team.
Tyler saw his role for the football Eagles increase to a point that he seldom comes off the field on Friday nights. He will start Friday’s game against Webb City at quarterback, strong safety, kicker and punter. Tyler verbally committed to Florida State University to compete for the starting kicker job next fall. Prior to the game, Tyler will be presented with a commemorative jersey for his intent to play in the 2016 Under Armour All-American High School Football Game in St. Petersburg, Florida in January.