Running back Keaton Burroughs ran for two touchdowns and defensive back Nate Deadmond returned an interception for a touchdown to lead No. 17 Webb City, Mo., to a 35-7 defeat of Neosho on Friday. The Cardinals (7-0) struggled offensively until midway in the third quarter, then unleashed a flurry of points.
Burrough’s first score was a 3-yard run with 2:24 to go in the first quarter. Following Cory Duley’s extra point, the Cardinals led 7-0. Webb City running back Hunter Van Lue made it 13-0 when he punched it in from the 1-yard line, following a 51-yard, six-play drive that was well served by a long run by Andrew Greek.
Neosho’s first score came with just five seconds left in the first half when Devin Hames scored on a 6-yard pass from quarterback Coleman Scott, cutting Webb City’s lead to 13-7.
Webb City had a chance to score late in the third quarter but Neosho stopped the 13-play drive at the 2-yard line. When Webb City got the ball back, quarterback Tyson Roderique sliced through on a run to the 9-yard line and Burroughs took care of it from there, with runs of 3 yards and 6 yards, the second for a touchdown. Just two plays later, Deadmond returned an interception 48 yards to give Webb City a 28-7 lead late in the third quarter.
“It’s always huge when you can score on defense,” Webb City coach John Roderique said. “We were just out of sync on offense, especially in the first half.”
Greek made it 35-7 on a 1-yard quarterback sneak with 10:09 to go in the game, a score that was set up by a long halfback option pass by Burroughs.