It was a busy Saturday on the area sports scene with high school football and soccer playoffs plus college football and basketball.
In the Missouri state high school football semfinals, Webb City, an eight time state championship winner, will be the only school from southwest Missouri headed to the Jones Dome in St. Louis for this coming weekend's state title games. The Class 4 Cardinals got four touchdowns from running back Maddy Johnson in a 35-8 victory at Harrisonville and will now face Warrenton for the state crown Saturday, November 27th at 3:15 p.m.
Cassville, trying to earn its third straight trip to the Class 3 state title game, got derailed by Richmond 23-21. The Wildcats led 14-10 in the first half when Richmond took the lead for good on a 61 yard touchdown pass. The Spartans then built their lead to 23-14, and although Cassville got back within 23-21, the Wilcats disdained a field goal in the closing moments of the game from the 16 yard line and went for it on fourth down instead. The move backfired as Cassville failed to make the first down, and their season came to a disappointing close.