Cade Wilson’s races 35 yards for Webb City’s first touchdown in the semifinal Saturday at Cardinal Stadium. (HELENE SHEELER-JOHNSON PHOTO)

From another angle, Christian Kinney blocks for Cade Wilson. 

Dupree Jackson and everyone else on the west side of the stadium celebrate Wilson’s second first-quarter touchdown.

19th state final appearance

Cardinals are Show-Me Bowl bound

Webb City’s offense didn’t relent until after scoring five touchdowns, defense held on for the 35-21 win over previously unbeaten Jackson

The Webb City Cardinals are returning to the Show-Me Bowl determined to bring back the school’s 16th state championship trophy.

Their opponents are the Wentzville Holt Indians. (Wentzville is on I-70 west of St. Louis.)

The 10-3 Cardinals are hoping for their third upset of undefeated teams – Carthage, Jackson and now 13-0 Holt. They are the first Webb City team going into the state final with three losses and would be the first to win at Class 5.

Game time is 7 p.m. Friday at Memorial Stadium on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia. The last time Webb City played at Memorial Stadium was in 2019 when the Cardinals defeated Platte County 48-0.

Tickets again are only available online. (No ticket sales will be available at the gate to lessen the chance of COVID-19 exposure). They are $10 each, with a $1.64 processing fee.

Webb City will be the home team. Fans are to sit on the west side of the stadium.

Quarterback Cohl Vaden converts on third down setting up …

Another Cade Wilson touchdown.

The Cardinals overwhelmed the Jackson Indians here Saturday with five touchdowns and a stingy defense to lead 35-6 early in the third quarter and held on to win 35-21.

Jackson, the defending state champion, had won 26 straight games since their 2019 Class 5 Show-Me Bowl loss to Carthage.

But from the beginning of the semifinal, it was Webb City – not Jackson – playing like the top-rated Class 5 team in the state.

Cade Wilson ran for two touchdowns (35 yards and 2 yards) in the first quarter.

Jackson was able to score a 2-yard touchdown on Webb City’s defense early in the second quarter. Webb City blocked point-after.

Wilson and Dupree Jackson both added 2-yard touchdowns before the half to give Webb City a 28-6 lead.

The third quarter started with a Jackson possession but was forced to punt.

Wilson scored his fourth and his team’s fifth touchdown on a 21-yard run at the 7:50 mark in the third quarter.

The 29-point lead wasn’t that comforting, though, as Jackson’s passing game came alive as the Indians   scored a touchdown and 2-point conversion in the third quarter and another touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Webb City’s clung to its 35-21 lead as Jackson continued to threaten.

The Cardinals finally took over on downs as Jackson (near Webb City’s goal line) completed a pass shy of the line of scrimmage and the Cardinals ran out the clock.

Webb City recovers a Jackson fumble.

Cause for celebration by the defense …

And assistant coach Scott Bailey.

Dante Washington

The final touchdown.

Coach Roderique

Buddy Belcher

Billy Wolfe

Lucas Ott

Cardinals take over to run out the clock. Gavin Stowell (18), Cooper Crouch (49) and Brentan Wilson (7).

Caylor Darnell

Coach Roderique