he McDonald County Mustangs fell in a big way to the powerhouse Webb City Cardinals in Class 4 District 5 high school football playoff action on Friday night.
By the end of the first quarter, the Cardinals led by 35 points and were well on their way to a crushing 71-0 defeat of the Mustangs in the first-round game.
The Cardinals scored on big plays in the first quarter, including two long interception returns by Maquel Harbin (35 yards) and Trent Parra (56 yards). Other plays included a 39-yard touchdown carry and a 28-yard run to the end zone by Tyler Davidson. Quarterback Tyler Roderique connected with Tyler Harbin on a 16-yard pass for paydirt.
With the mercy clock ticking away in the second quarter, Keaton Burrows carried the ball 22 yards for the touchdown, and Royce Clark had a 22-yard carry to make the score 49-0 at the end of the first half. On each score of the first half, Tanner Yokely had the successful PAT boot.
In the third quarter, Brayden Reid carried the ball 13 yards for a TD, followed by a 2-point run conversion by Andrew Greek.
And in the fourth, the Cardinals scored twice more, once on an 83-yard run by Caleb Ensimger, the other as Ty Hicks recovered a fumbled quarterback snap in the end zone. Yokley had the PAT kick on both.
McDonald County closes the season with a 1-9 record. No. 1 seeded Webb City is now 10-0 on the season and will face No. 4 Bolivar next week.