Webb City poised for state semifinal return

Webb City hosts undefeated Jackson in semifinal on Saturday

WEBB CITY, Mo. – The Webb City Cardinals have bought into a new mantra this post season.

“It’s something that assistant coach Scott Bailey brought to us and has been sharing with the kids,” says head coach John Roderique. “Each win you get is a new seven day contract to play football.”

This week is a big week, but the Cardinals feel poised as they prepare for the state semifinals.

“It’s a really big game but as close as you can keep to normalcy the better chance you have,” Roderique says.

“We want to make sure we leave no stone unturned and we prepare the best we can so we feel confident going into it,” says senior OG Braeden Jackson.

As a program, Webb City has played in many late November games, and they have a history of thriving in them. The Cardinals are chasing their 16th state championship.

“We know our brothers have done it in the past, so we know we can do it too,” Jackson says. “We have a big name to hold up. Webb City has been up there forever and we’re just trying to do our best to keep it up there.”

This year’s group has written their own, unique story.

“These guys are really special,” Roderique says. “From where we were and the season that we’ve had… we lose the first game of the year on a last second field goal by a point, then we win a couple and then we get throttled by Carthage. It’s a resilient team. These guys keep battling, keep working, keep showing up and that is the thing that I’m most proud of.”

Their story continues this Saturday as Webb City hosts undefeated Jackson. The Indians are the defending state champions.

“Offensively, they can hurt you in any way,” Roderique says. “They can run it, they can throw it, they RPO. They have tremendous athletes. They’re a team that you have to defend literally every inch of the field because they’re so good.”

“We’re just excited to get a shot at them,” Jackson says. “We’ve heard a lot about it, but we just try to work hard and do what we know how to do.”

The state semifinal is set for 1:00 p.m. on Saturday at Cardinal Stadium.