Late second-quarter score ignites Webb City in win over Carthage

Webb City tight end Gary Clinton (middle) uses his helmet to help secure a catch in front of Carthage’s Caden Kabance while Justin Sneed tries to make a play from behind during their game on Friday night at Carthage High School. Globe | Laurie Sisk

Friday night football won't be played as planned in one local community.

The upcoming game between the Carthage Tigers and Webb City Cardinals has been canceled by Carthage administrators. Carthage Superintendent Mark Baker said a football player tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week, and contact tracing showed that player had close contact with others on the team.

“Obviously you can tell we take this seriously to cancel such a huge game, but the safety of our kids and Webb City’s kids is more important,” Baker said.

Webb City Superintendent Anthony Rossetti said he supports the Carthage School District’s decision not to play.

Reporter John Hacker has more on this story at and in Thursday's print edition.

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Emily Younker is the managing editor at the Joplin Globe. Contact: eyounker AT joplinglobe DOT com.