Webb City, Carthage set for district championship showdown

The two defending state champions will meet on Friday night.

CARTHAGE, Mo. – The Carthage Tigers and Webb City Cardinals square off Friday night for the Class 5 District 6 Crown.

“We’re glad to get this chance to come out here and play, because not everybody gets to play in these types of games,” says Carthage senior DJ Witt.

“One of your main goals when you go into a season is to have the opportunity to play for a district title,” says Webb City head coach John Roderique, “This is where you want to be playing your best football.”

The two COC rivals were scheduled to play in the regular season in September, but that game was canceled due to COVID-19 issues in Carthage.

“It was a tough week on us, I’m sure it was on them,” says Carthage head coach Jon Guidie, “It is what it is, and we dealt with it.”

“When I found out we couldn’t play, it was heartbreaking,” Witt adds, “I’m just glad we get this opportunity.”

Without playing Webb City, Carthage finished off a perfect 8-0 regular season, claiming a COC league title.

“All you guys said they were conference champions,” Roderique says, “I don’t know, that’s something new to me.”

“I’m not sure what the kids feel about it,” Guidie says of his team, “We just try to control what we can control to get to this point.”

The Cardinals ware the defending Class 4 state champions, while Carthage is the reigning Class 5 state champ.

With Webb City moving up to class 5 this fall, only one will have a shot to repeat after Friday.

“(People say) Why do they have two good teams in the same district? That’s just the way it is. There’s only one team that will end their season with a win,” Roderique adds, “When you get into the playoffs, that’s just how it is. It’s the nature of the business.”

“It’s fantastic,” Guidie finishes, speaking about getting to host such a big game in their home stadium, “Just to be able to play in this type of environment at our place, I think there’s nothing better in high school football than that.”

Friday night’s game begins at 7 PM in Carthage. The Tigers enter with a 9-0 record, while the Cardinals a 9-1.