The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Sports

August 31, 2013

Webb City outlasts Carl Junction

Regular season streak extends to 91 games

WEBB CITY, Mo. — Webb City recovered from an opening stunner — how about a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown? — to outlast Carl Junction 52-29 in a prep football opener on Friday night in Cardinal Stadium.

The Cardinals, three-time defending MSHSAA Class 4 champions, won their 91st consecutive regular-season game. Their winning streak overall is at 46.

Webb City, ranked No. 1 in Class 4, visits Springdale (Ark.) Har-Ber and Carl Junction entertains Carthage in 7 p.m. games next Friday.

It was a game of offenses. Webb City, according to its statistics, rushed for 317 yards in amassing 495. Carl Junction threw for 245 in piling up 369.

Webb City seemingly had a comfortable lead of 24-7 at the half. But did it really with Matt Magee — the Bulldog who dashed the opening 98 yards — in Carl Junction uniform?

Said Webb City coach John Roderique of Magee: “He’s very capable of scoring any time and he’s one of the better athletes in the Joplin/Springfield area.”

The Carl Junction performance may have answered one question its coach Doug Buckmaster, debuting as its head coach, had about the Bulldogs.

“They competed,” Buckmaster said. “That’s what we (the coaches) wanted to see — four quarters of playing hard and that’s what they did. I’m proud of them. The effort was there.”

Said Roderique: “We buckled down and came back (after Magee’s dash). We have to feel good. We had a lot of new kids.

“I believe overall we did a good job,” Roderique said. “I thought we played well on defense. We developed some consistency on offense late in the first quarter and in the second quarter.”

The Cardinals outscored Carl Junction 28-16 in the third period.

Added Buckmaster: “The Webb City offensive line hurt us multiple times with traps.”

Buckmaster also lamented turnovers and some 160 yards in penalties.

Roderique, praising quarterback Devin Pickett, said the junior “settled down and started seeing more opportunities.”

Pickett finished with 178 yards on 9-for-10 accuracy and hooked up with Kiante Hardin for two TDs (4, 57 yards) and Maquel Harbin (6) for a third.

Carl Junction’s Dustin Satterlee, a junior, threw for the 245 yards on 20 of 29. He was intercepted by Harbin, Roosevelt Edwards and Lakin Milner.

Magee had nine catches for 122 yards and Tanner McMurtrey eight for 107. Satterlee hit Magee and McMurtrey for scoring passes covering 62 and 45 yards and Satterlee added a 51-yard scoring run.

Cardinals Hardin and Hunter Rhea recovered fumbles in the end zone for touchdowns. Webb City also had scoring runs from Kyle Baldassarre (24 yards) and Trey Parra.

Nathan Gooch kicked a 27-yard field goal and seven extra points for Webb City.

Baldassarre rushed for 131 yards on 15 carries to pace the Cardinals. Satterlee gained 77 yards on the ground and Keynan Scheurich added 51 for the Bulldogs.

Cardinals Harbin and Hardin divided six receptions for 127 yards.

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