Webb City Beats Helias For Second Straight Year
ST. LOUIS - It was closer than last year's Class 4 State Championship Game, but for the second straight year, Webb City beat Helias as the Cardinals become the first team in Missouri history to win 12 state titles.
Helias started strong. On the first drive of the game, senior running back Garrett Buschjost capped off a 70-yard drive with a 12-yard touchdown. And on Webb City's first drive, junior tight end Hale Hentges recovered a fumble.
But a critical injury stalled the Crusaders offense. All-State offensive lineman Will Fife injured his right knee in the 1st quarter. He left the game and would not return. Webb City was able to put a lot of pressure on senior quarterback Wyatt Porter, who threw one of his two interceptions in Cardinals territory late in the first half.
Meantime, Webb City was aggressive in play-calling. They converted a 4th & 1 with a fake punt direct snap and ran a reverse for a touchdown. That gave the Cardinals a 14-7 lead going into halftime.
Buschjost tied up the game at 14 with 9:00 in the 4th quarter with a 1-yard touchdown. Buschjost had the final nine carries on that drive.
But Webb City bounced right back. After a 66-yard kickoff return, the Cardinals scored a touchdown to regain the 7-point lead.
Helias had a chance on a 4th down play, but Webb City stopped the Crusaders just inches short. Then Cardinals running back Trey Parra sealed the team's 4th straight championship with a 45-yard touchdown, his 3rd touchdown of the day.