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Webb City Looks to Reload, Repeat

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This week is the first week of practice for the defending Missouri Class 4 state champion Webb City Cardinals. The Cards finished last season 15-0, winning their 14th state title in team history.

If Webb City wants to go back to back and get #15 in 2018, they'll have to find a way to replace some talented guys. Webb City graduated 30 seniors from last year's team, including eight who signed to continue their football careers in college.

The good news for Webb City is that they'll have plenty of players to choose from. The Cardinals have about 150 guys in camp this season. 

"That's one of the greatest things that we...take a lot of pride in, is the number of kids that want to be a part of this program," says head coach John Roderique, "I think if we look back, that's been a positive for us because we do have competition. We may have a guy that's a returning, but he understands that if he's not working and he's not trying to get better then...somebody can take his spot."

I like how everyone's coming in...putting in hard work and they're really trying to replace those older guys," says senior QB Cade Beason, "I know we lost some good people, but I like where we are now."

Webb City will open up the season at home against rival Carl Junction on August 24th. 

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