Cards crush Crusaders in state title game

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- John Roderique ran for three touchdowns and threw for another to lead Webb City to a 49-14 win over Jefferson City Helias in Missouri's Class 4 state championship game Saturday.

Webb City, which has won 45 successive games, ties Valle Catholic for the most football titles with 11.

The Cardinals (15-0) won their third successive championship and their 16th consecutive playoff game. They have won their last 90 regular-season contests dating to 2003.

Webb City scored the first five touchdowns on the way to a 35-7 lead at half.

Wyatt Porter threw touchdown passes to Anthony Woodruff and Hale Hentges for Helias (10-5), which carried a six-game winning streak into the contest.