MSHAA crowns state champions

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

All six high school football classes of Missouri concluded their seasons with the annual Show-Me Bowl Championship games in the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on Nov. 29 and 30.

Seneca quarterback Peyton Rawlins tries to escape the grasp of several Maryville defenders during the Class 3 state title game on Nov. 30.

Three teams with local ties and two from the Big 8 Conference competed in prep football's most prestigious event.

For the 12th time in its program's storied history Webb City (Class 4) secured a title. The 12 titles are a state record.

The Lamar Tigers (Class 2) also claimed a state championship and set a record for rushing yards in a game.

Lamar's win also meant that the Big 8 Conference has had a champion in each of the last five years.

Seneca (Class 3) ran into a juggernaught in its title bid but still represented the area and conference well.

With 25 percent of the Big 8 teams in the finals, and Carl Junction's only losses of the season coming to Webb City, the Big 8 lays easy claim to being one of the top football conferences in the state.

The only question that needs answering now is: whose turn will it be next season?

Game summaries are as follows:

Class 1

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Nolan Wood completed nine of 10 passes for 284 yards and four scores as Valle Catholic won its 12th state title by defeating Marceline 41-0 in the Class 1 State Championship Game on Nov. 30.

The 12 titles ties the Warriors (15-0) with Webb City for the most by any Missouri school. Webb City claimed its 12th crown by beating Helias 28-14 in the Class 4 game on Nov. 29.

Connor Basler was Wood's favorite target, as he caught six balls for 156 yards and three scores.

Basler's 156 yards were more than Marceline (11-4) was able to muster. Valle Catholic held the Tigers to just 120 yards on 48 plays.

Wood gave the Warriors the lead when he ran it in from 7 yards out 3:34 into the contest. Basler caught the first of his three TD passes with 1:30 left in the first quarter.

Class 2

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Jared Beshore rushed for 212 yards and three touchdowns in leading Lamar to its third-straight state title, this time with a 42-0 win over Lawson.

As victors on Nov. 29, in Missouri Class 2, Lamar (14-1) rushed for a state-record 518 yards, including Beshore's first-half scoring runs of 31, 75 and 41 yards.

Lamar also finished the season with a state-record 883 points as a team, which the National Federation of State High School Associations says is the third-highest total ever. North Carolina's Albemarle racked up 903 points in a 16-game schedule in 2001, and Texas' Refugio had 891 points in 2011.

Levi Petersen ran for 151 yards and one score for Lamar, which scored 60 points or more eight times this season.

Lawson (12-3) was making its third time game appearance.

Class 3

Quarterback Trent Nally ran for three scores and passed for another as Maryville won its 30th game in a row and second straight Class 3 Missouri State High School Championship by defeating Seneca 50-28 on Nov. 30, at the Show-Me Bowl.

Nally passed for 96 and ran for 59 more for the Spoofhounds (15-0), who are a perfect 30-0 under Coach Matt Webb.

Quarterback Payton Rawlins went 18-for-30 for 309 yards and a touchdown for Seneca (11-4).

With his team leading 8-6, Nally scored his first touchdown on a 17-yard run with 54 seconds left in the first quarter. He scored again on a 6-yard run early in the second quarter, then hit Kevin McMahon on a 15-yard scoring strike with 2:41 left in the

Class 4

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Trey Parra rushed for 150 yards and three scores, leading lead Webb City to a 28-14 win Friday over Jefferson City Helias in the Missouri Class 4 state championship game on Nov. 29.

Webb City (14-1) won its fourth consecutive title and a state-record 12th overall.

Parra scored on runs of 1, 8 and 45 yards, and Kiante Hardin scored on a 16-yard, second-quarter run that put Webb City ahead to stay 14-7.

Webb City has won 59 of its last 60 games, having had a 46-game winning streak snapped in a 42-35 loss Sept. 6 to Har-Ber High of Springdale, Ark.

Garrett Buschjost rushed for 131 yards for Helias (12-3).

Class 5

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Ryan Williams ran for 122 yards and three touchdowns to lead Lee's Summit West to a 51-14 win over Parkway Central in the Class 5 Missouri State High School Football Championships on Nov. 30.

The Titans rushed 41 times for 328 yards. The title was the third for Titans (13-1) and their second in four years.

After the Titans got out to a 14-0 lead, Williams took the suspense out of the game in the second quarter when he scored from 11 yards out and 35 yards out to give Lee's Summit West a 27-0 advantage. He had 11 carries on the day.

Parkway Central (13-2) broke the shutout on a 57-yard pass from Zack Lazenby to Notre Dame recruit Jonathan Bonner with 50 seconds left in the first half.

Class 6

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Ian Brown threw a pair of touchdown passes to Kaleb Prewett, helping Blue Springs repeat as Missouri Class 6 state champion with a 35-14 victory on Nv. 29 over Columbia Rock Bridge.

Cobi Bissell also ran for two scores for the Wildcats (14-0), who won their fifth state title overall.

Brown finished with 165 yards on 11-of-18 passing, including the second-quarter scoring throws to Prewett covering 17 and 8 yards as Blue Springs rolled to a 21-0 lead.

Darrius Shepherd returned a punt 49 yards for the Blue Springs' opening score.

Rock Bridge (8-6) reached the title contest despite losing its final four regular-season games.

Logan Twehous threw for 100 yards and a touchdown for Rock Bridge, which finished with just 87 yards of total offense.

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