Lamar, Webb City claim football titles as season ends

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Mt. Vernon running back Sammy Robinson finds some room to run during the Class 3 state title game on Saturday. Kathy Mayberry/Special to the Cassville Democrat

Mt. Vernon falls short in championship bid in Columbia

The football season officially ended in Missouri on Saturday with the conclusion of the Missouri State High School Activities Association State Championships in Columbia.

Class 2

In Class 2, Lamar extended its state championship streak to seven with a 37-20 win over Lafayette County.

Leading 16-14 in the fourth quarter, the Tigers scored 21 unanswered points in 2:36 of clock time to blow open a tight game.

The Tigers’ Trey Medlin had touchdown runs of 91 and 48 yards. Landon Harman also had a 50-yard punt return for a touchdown. Lamar quarterback Stuart McKarus, who tore his ACL during the regular season, took the final snap of the game, a kneel-down to finish his career as a four-time champion.

The Tigers racked up 393 yards of rushing in the contest.

Class 3

The Big 8 Conference came up short of achieving two teams with state titles this season when Mt. Vernon fell to Maryville, 47-9.

The Spoofhounds rolled to a 40-0 lead at halftime. Although the Mountaineers played an inspired second half, the hill was just too high to climb.

Maryville outgained Mt. Vernon 407-168 in total yardage.

Eli Dowis rushed for 140 yards and 3 touchdowns and Tyler Houchin gained another 126 yards and 1 touchdown for the Spoofhounds.

Class 4

Webb City claimed its 14th state title with a 14-0 win over Ladue.

In a game marked by outstanding defense, the Cardinals

scored on a 5-yard Chasin Link run in the first quarter and a 6-yard Durand Henderson run with 58 seconds left.

Webb City racked up 379 yards of offense and 20 first downs while limiting Ladue to 97 total yards and 3 first downs.

The title moved the Cardinals into a first-place tie with Class 1 Valle Catholic for the most state titles in Missouri history. Webb City also set a Missouri record with its 23rd state semifinal appearance, passing Jefferson City (22).

Class 1

Monroe City had been ranked No. 1 all season in the Class 1 poll and they made that ranking stand with a 12-7 victory over Valle Catholic in the Class 1 state title game.

Monroe City scored on a 35-yard run by Cole Pennewell, one play after an interception. Gage Bottoms scored with 3:35 left in the third to complete the scoring.

The Warriors drove to the Panthers’ 4-yard line and faced a fourth and goal.

Monroe City’s Nathan Batsell intercepted the pass by ripping the ball away from the Warrior receiver with 9:08 left in the game.

Valle would get the ball back with 1:35 left at the Warrior 8-yard line and another interception sealed the victory.

Monroe City out-gained Valle Catholic, 270-207, in yardage.

Class 5

In what was the most entertaining state championship, Staley defeated Pattonville to take the Class 5 title, 36-35.

Pattonville appeared to have the game in hand, scoring on a 20-yard catch and run by Charles Shelton with 50 seconds left to take a 35-28 lead.

However, Staley drove 72 yards in 6 plays and pulled within one point at 35-34 on a 9-yard catch by Zach Elam.

Instead of kicking the ball, Staley elected to go for the 2-point conversion, which was caught by JD Benbow to secure the state title.

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