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Webb City’s defense intercepted five passes as the Cardinals rolled to a 48-7 win over Republic in the district semifinals Wednesday. The defensive dominance started when Webb City picked off a pass on the very first play from scrimmage. One play later, the Cardinals were in the end zone and led 7-0.

Webb City made it 14-0 two possessions later on a nine-yard run by Phoenix Johnson with 3:52 remaining.

On the next possession, the Tigers connected on a 24-yard from Zach Hall to Garrett Metscher with 1:26 left in the first quarter and cut the lead to 14-7.

After Beau Allen picked off a pass, Republic had a chance to tie — but Nate Brown made a spectacular one-handed interception to get the ball back for Webb City. From there, Webb City poured it on. They led 34-7 at halftime and tacked on two more touchdowns in the second half.

The Cardinals racked up 472 total yards, to 162 for Republic. Hall was 5-of-13 passing for 84 yards, 1 touchdown and five interceptions. James Desjardins was 3-of-4 for 54 yards.

Republic ends its season at 5-6. Webb City is into the district finals with an 11-0 record.

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