Trey Roets and teammates celebrate his touchdown against Willard.

Lucas Ott

AJ Bash

Homecoming matchup: No. 5 Webb City hosts No. 1 Carthage

Breckin Galardo slips through a hole created in Willard’s line by Shaun Hunt (56) and Tucker Liberatore (76).

The Webb City Cardinals certainly don’t have an easy win lined up for their homecoming game Friday. Their opponents, are the Class 5 No. 1-ranked Carthage Tigers.

The Cardinals, rated fifth, improved their record to 4-2 with a 49-28 home victory last week against Willard. While the Tigers are 5-1 after last week’s 49-26 win against Ozark. Both teams have lost to Nixa. Webb City’s second loss was to Joplin, which Carthage will play Oct. 14.

Against Willard, Webb City took a 21-0 lead in the first quarter on runs by Landon Johnson, Aidan Alberty and Breckin Galardo.

Willard opened the second quarter with a 50-yard pass for a touchdown, but no extra point.

Omari Jackson finished a drive with a 4-yard run to extend the Cardinals’ lead to 28-6. 

Cy Darnell completed the first-half scoring with a 23-yard touchdown run to make it 35-6.

Alberty got his second touchdown of the game in the third quarter, and Ethan Baird ran for a 39-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Willard’s Russell Roweton threw for two more touchdowns in the second half and ran for a 2-point conversion on the last one.

Two Willard drives ended when William Hayes and Andrew Young intercepted Roweton passes.

A dozen Cardinals carried the ball for a total of 434 yards on the ground. Alberty ran for 118 yards, followed by Galardo, 79; Baird, 76; Jackson, 65; Gabe Johnson, 39; Darnell, 23; Landon Johnson, 16; Garrett Powell, 15; Max Stovern, 9; Braden McKee, 4; Bryce Dickinson, and Jackson Lucas.

Webb City’s defense held Willard to 71 yards rushing and 228 yards passing.

(See stats below Players of the Week.)

Gabe Johnson

Aidan Alberty

Omari Jackson