MSHSAA releases district assignments; Webb City football moves up to Class 5

Webb City and Carthage are both in Class 5 District 6.

Their matchup last week was canceled, but Webb City and Carthage are still on a collision course.

“Somebody reminded me last week…that it had been more than 100 years that we had played,” says Webb City head coach John Roderique, “To think that we wouldn’t play would be really unusual.”

The Missouri State High School Activities Association released its new district assignments on Monday. The two defending state champions are now in the same district, with Webb City moving up to Class 5.

FULL DISTRICT ASSIGNMENTS

“I think it’s a good deal for the sport,” Roderique says of his team moving up a classification, “If you can get through that district and you can win that district, you’re going to be well-prepared past that.”

Webb City getting out of Class 4 is welcomed news for Carl Junction.

“We’ve all been uplifted by today’s news,” says Carl Junction head coach Doug Buckmaster, “All of our kids are excited about it, as coaches we’re excited about it.”

Webb City has knocked Carl Junction out of the district playoffs 6 of the last 7 years, including four times in the district championship.

“Unfortunately for us they’ve been in the same district, and that’s something that we haven’t been able to overcome,” Buckmaster adds, “It’s opened the door for us when it comes time for district play.”

Webb City and Carl Junction are scheduled to meet this Friday.

While they’re both in new-look districts, this game is all that is on their minds.

“We’re really focused this week on Carl Junction,” Roderique finishes.

“There’s no surprises from Webb City,” Buckmaster adds, “You’re going to get what you get, and either you can defeat it or you can’t”