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Roderique announces retirement as Webb City head football coach

WEBB CITY, Mo. – Webb City High School head football coach and athletic director John Roderique has announced his retirement, effective at the end of the 2022-2023 school year.

Roderique has been the head football coach at Webb City for the last 26 years, going 315-35 overall and leading the program to 13 state championships. He was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 2021 – and Webb City’s 16 total state championships is the most in Missouri high school football history.

Webb City High School and coach Roderique released a statement Monday afternoon to announce his decision.

The release reads in part, “For the past 26 years, I’ve been able to do what I love, with the people that I love – every single day. What a privilege it has been. Thank you to the administrators, teachers and staff, and special thanks to the assistant coaches and young men who have poured their hearts into our program.”

Check out the full statement below.

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Joplin holds off Pittsburg in early-season border battle

JOPLIN, Mo. – (WATCH) The Joplin Eagles top the Pittsburg Purple Dragons 81-73 Friday night for their first win of the season.

The Eagles are now 1-1 to begin the season.

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Lamar falls to Blair Oaks, finishes as state runner-up

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Lamar Tigers finished as the Missouri Class 2 state football runner-up on Friday evening, falling to Blair Oaks 32-27 in the championship game.

Lamar finishes the season with a 12-2 overall record, and finishes as state runner-up for the second straight season.

The Tigers got the scoring started with a 21-yard rushing touchdown from Joel Beshore in the 1st quarter. Lamar held a 7-0 lead going to the 2nd quarter.

Blair Oaks got on the board midway through the 2nd quarter with a 78-yard pass touchdown. Lamar held on to a 7-6 lead after a blocked PAT.

Lamar scored again before the end of the first half with a Joel Beshore 6-yard rushing touchdown with 1:26 left in the 2nd quarter. Blair Oaks responded with another touchdown pass (36 yards) with just 10 seconds left before half, but failed on the two-point conversion to give Lamar a 14-12 lead at halftime.

The Tigers got the ball to start the second half, but turned it over on downs. Blair Oaks took their first lead of the game on the following possession with their first rushing touchdown of the day (49 yards) and the two-point conversion to lead the game 20-14.

Lamar returned the favor with their first passing touchdown of the day, with Beshore finding Ian Ngugi for a 44-yard score. The PAT gave the Tigers a 21-20 lead heading to the 4th quarter.

The Falcons went back in front early in the 4th quarter, scoring on a rushing touchdown on 4th and goal from the two-yard line. The Tigers were able to stop the two-point conversion to keep the Blair Oaks lead to 26-21.

Lamar was forced to punt on the following possession, giving the ball back to Blair Oaks with under 10 minutes to go.

Blair Oaks scored quickly, getting another big passing play and scoring on a 72-yard touchdown. The PAT went off the upright and was no good. The Falcons led the Tigers 32-21 with 8:39 remaining in the 4th quarter.

The Tigers needed a quick touchdown – and that’s what they got. Ian Ngugi caught a 50-yard touchdown on a halfback pass. Lamar was unable to convert the two-point conversion, but still cut the Blair Oaks lead to 32-27 with 7:06 remaining in the 4th quarter.

Lamar forced a Blair Oaks punt on the following drive to get the ball back with a chance to re-take the lead.

The Tigers bled the clock and drove all the way down to the Blair Oaks 25-yard-line. Facing 4th and 21, the Tigers were unable to get the 1st down, giving the ball back to Blair Oaks and ending the game.

 

 

 

 

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Lamar aims to bring home program’s 9th state championship

LAMAR, Mo. – (WATCH) The Lamar Tigers will face Blair Oaks for the Missouri Class 2 state championship on Friday in Columbia.

The Tigers are coming off a big 56-14 win over Seneca in the state semifinals.

“Our kids started fast. I would say it was definitely some of the best ball we’ve played,” says Lamar head coach Jared Beshore, “I’m hoping we can play some better ball this week, to see what our actual ceiling is with this team. We have one more week to see what kind of ball club we really have.”

With a win on Friday against Blair Oaks, Lamar would claim its 9th state championship since 2011.

“It would mean the world to these kids,” Beshore adds, “There are kids on this team that three years ago I would have told you I don’t think they will ever be ball players for us, but they’ve proven themselves and they’ve worked their tails off. We have put a lot of time and effort into this season. To finally see the payout and to play in this game is incredible. We want to go out on top. We want to be crying tears of joy and not tears of disappointment at the end of Friday night.”

The team is also motivated to finish the job Friday – after finishing as the state runner-up in 2021.

“I think it has been a motivation, but we try to go week by week and day by day,” Beshore says, “You can’t win on Friday if you do not win today. I tell our guys we have to beat your opponent today, then tomorrow and the next day and so on. It takes care of itself if take that approach, and I think our guys have done a nice job of taking that approach.”

Friday’s game kicks off at 3 PM in Columbia, Missouri.

 

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Carl Junction advances to CJ Classic championship with win over Springdale

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. – (WATCH) Carl Junction tops Springdale 62-58 to advance to the CJ Classic tournament championship.

Destiny Buerge leads the way for Carl Junction with 25 points. Kyle Scott (15 pts) and Klohe Burk (11 pts) were also in double figures, while Dezi Williams adds 9.

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Lamar dominates Seneca to advance to state championship

LAMAR, Mo. – (WATCH) Lamar tops Seneca 56-14 in the state semifinals Saturday afternoon.

The Tigers move on to face Blair Oaks next Friday for the Missouri Class 2 state championship.

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Carthage falls to undefeated Francis Howell in state semifinals

CARTHAGE, Mo. – (WATCH) Carthage falls to Francis Howell 35-13 Saturday afternoon in the Missouri Class 5 state semifinals.

“They are a very talented group over there. There’s really not a weakness that we could exploit today,” says Carthage head coach Jon Guidie, “If we felt like we had one, they closed that pretty quickly. They forced us to do some other things, rather than line up and run the football like we’re used to. We made some mistakes and turned the ball over way too much.”

The Tigers found themselves in a 21-0 hole early in the second quarter, before scoring their first touchdown of the game.

It felt like the momentum was starting to turn for Carthage – but the Vikings never let them back in the game.

“I think maybe our first three or four possessions ended three-and-out. We just needed to pick up a couple first downs and get these guys some confidence. We were able to do that. Once that happened, we got to rolling a little bit,” Guidie adds, “Give a lot of credit to Francis Howell. They’re very talented and they certainly have a great chance to win it all.”

Carthage finishes the season with an 11-2 overall record.

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Luke Gall (Carthage) sweeps COC Player of the Year awards

CARTHAGE, Mo. – Carthage High School senior RB/LB Luke Gall has swept the COC Player of the Year awards, being named both the league’s Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year.

Defensively, Gall led the Tigers with 92 tackles heading into Saturday’s state semifinal game vs. Francis Howell. That includes 7 tackles-for-loss. He also had a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.

Offensively, Gall had 1,896 rushing yards and 38 touchdowns heading into Saturday’s game. He also had 13 receptions for 326 yards and 2 touchdowns receiving.

Gall and the Tigers finished the season with an 11-2 overall record, falling to Francis Howell in the state semifinals Saturday afternoon. He is committed to play at Air Force in college.

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Carthage aims to return to state championship game

CARTHAGE, Mo. – The Carthage Tigers host the Francis Howell Vikings on Saturday in the Missouri Class 5 state semifinals.

Carthage is 11-1 heading into the weekend, while the Vikings are a perfect 12-0.

With a win, the Tigers would earn a spot in the state championship game for the first time since 2019 – and a shot to bring home the second state title in program history.

“That’s the goal. That’s been the goal since the first week of June, and these guys have stuck to it,” says Carthage head coach Jon Guidie, “I think it would mean the world to these guys and to our community. We do have some kids who played on that state championship team in Luke Gall and Hudson Moore. Those guys bring a certain level of experience because of that.”

“It’s been a completely different environment out here this week,” says senior DT Micah Lindsey on the week of preparation leading up to Saturday’s game, “We had an extra day. We grinded that day and we had a good early-morning practice on Thanksgiving. It was a great week.”

“This is a great place to be on any Friday night, but even more so in the playoffs and in the state semifinals,” Guidie adds on getting to play at home Saturday, “I believe this is the second one we’ve hosted in the last few years. It’s a special time, it really is. I’m hoping for a huge crowd and lots of fun.”

Kickoff for Saturday’s game is at 1 PM in Carthage.

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Seneca prepares to face Lamar in state semifinals

SENECA, Mo. – The Seneca Indians hit the road tomorrow to face Big 8 rival Lamar in the class 2 state semifinals.

Seneca and Lamar met once already this season, back in week four. The Indians handed the Tigers their only loss of the season 36-33.

“The win over Lamar helped our kids understand how good we could be,” Seneca head coach Cody Hilburn says. “Beating a team like Lamar with the run that they’re on was huge and kind of catapulted us into to what we did this year. I’m sure they’re looking forward to playing us again, but I think at this time of year when you’re playing a semifinal game you shouldn’t need much extra motivation.”

“I think they’re going to come out swinging,” says Seneca linebacker Lincoln Renfro. “I know they’re hungry for revenge and I think anyone would be too. I think if we just steady the pace and keep going, we’ll be fine. We want to be the group to do it and we want to be the group that sets the standard for years to come.”

Saturday’s game starts at 1pm.