CARL JUNCTION — The Carl Junction Bulldogs hit the McDonald County Mustangs hard with 49 points at halftime en route to a 49-13 win Friday night in the Class 4, District 5 playoffs at Carl Junction’s Bulldog Stadium.

In that first half, Carl Junction standouts Joe Kennedy (quarterback) and Rayquion Weston (running back) each willingly ran out-of-bounds before scoring touchdowns, setting up three Carl Junction seniors for short touchdowns.

Levi Duley, Zeke Wall, and Caden Cristy each found the end zone and contributed to the Bulldogs’ 28-0 lead after one quarter.

The usual suspects returned to the scoreboard in the second quarter for the first two scores — Weston on a 2-yard TD run and Aaron Ludders on a 76-yard TD pass from Kennedy.

After that big strike, Carl Junction brought on freshman quarterback Alex Baker and he promptly tossed a 38-yard TD pass to Garret Taylor for a 49-0 lead 125 seconds before halftime.

The Mustangs scored the only points of the turbo clock second half — Marshall Foreman took a 6-yard scoring pass from Peyton Barton as time expired in the third quarter and Israel DeSantiago closed out the scoring with a 17-yard TD run for the only points in the fourth.

McDonald County’s best season in many years (since 2003) comes to a 5-5 end, a great start for new head coach Kellen Hoover. The Mustangs featured a solid group of seniors, but the program seems headed in the right direction under Hoover and next season’s incoming freshman enjoyed a solid eighth grade year this season.

Carl Junction improved to 9-1 and the Bulldogs host West Plains in a semifinal contest.

Meanwhile, in the other district games, top seed Webb City remained unbeaten with a 54-0 win over Marshfield and Camdenton defeated Hillcrest 39-12.

Three of the eight schools are state-ranked in this district, including Class 4 No. 1 Webb City and No. 2 Carl Junction, whose only loss came against none other than Webb City in the season opener.