The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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August 23, 2013

Roderique gives Webb City passing grade in jamboree

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — Webb City coach John Roderique gave his team a passing grade after its performance against Joplin and Seneca on Friday night in a prep football jamboree at Cardinal Stadium.

“Pretty average for a jamboree,” Roderique said.

“It (the jamboree) did show some good and bad. But it’s so hard to tell,” Roderique said. “We have in our bunch a lot of competition for playing time.”

The best thing about the jamboree, Roderique said, was players taking the field in game-speed conditions under the lights against someone other than a teammate. Plus, Roderique didn’t believe his team sustained any major injury.

More will be known — that “grade” could even change — after the coaching staff watches film.

“We’re still in the process of finding out who needs to play. That includes starters as well as backups,” Roderique said.

Webb City vs. Seneca started with the Cardinal defense against the Seneca offense.

“Seneca did some nice things on offense,” Roderique said.

The Indians, powered by running back Braxton Graham and fellow senior Payton Rawlins at quarterback, clicked for two touchdowns.

The Webb City offense was OK, too, as senior Kyle Baldassarre had several strong runs.

The Webb City offense, keyed by Baldassarre’s 40-yard scoring run, performed well in its first two possessions against Joplin. The third possession was stagnant with penalties on both sides.

The Cardinals’ No. 1 defense also didn’t allow Joplin to score. But the Eagles missed one golden opportunity by losing a fumble at the Webb City 5.

Sophomore Antwon Hines scored for Joplin in the clash of “2s.”

The Cardinals used four quarterbacks. Following junior Devin Pickett were sophomores Tyson Roderique, Andrew Greek and Drew Roy.

The Cardinals, three-time defending MSHSAA Class 4 champions, open the season by entertaining Carl Junction at 7 next Friday night.

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