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Morning Sun
  • ROUNDUP: PSU alums enjoying success across nation

  • No. 5-ranked Sam Houston State hosts No. 11 Cal Poly Saturday in the second round of the NCAA Division I (FCS) Football Playoffs.

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  • No. 5-ranked Sam Houston State hosts No. 11 Cal Poly Saturday in the second round of the NCAA Division I (FCS) Football Playoffs.
    The Bearkats are coached by former Pitt State player Willie Fritz, a four-year starter at defensive back (1978-1981) and member of the 1981 NAIA national runner-up team. Sam Houston State advanced to the National Championship Game last season.
    Two of the three Bearkats’ losses so far this season have been against BCS teams Baylor (48-23) and Texas A&M (47-28). Baylor (6-5) knocked off Kansas State 52-24 on Nov. 17 and Texas Tech 52-45 in overtime Saturday. Texas A&M owns a 10-2 overall record, No. 8 ranking in the coaches’ poll, and a Heisman Trophy candidate in redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel.
    The Bearkats (8-3) include Southland Conference leading rusher Tim Flanders (1,151 yards and 17 touchdowns on 187 carries) and safety Darnell Taylor, the school’s all-time leading tackler.
    Sam Houston won its second consecutive Southland title with a 6-1 mark (its only loss to Central Arkansas).
    Cal Poly, co-champions of the Big Sky Conference, enters Saturday with a 9-2 record and this first-ever meeting of the schools offers two potent ground attacks: Cal Poly third-ranked (333 yards per game) with its triple option and Sam Houston sixth-ranked (284 yards per game). The game starts at 3 p.m.
    • Webb City won its third straight Class 4 state title and its 45th consecutive game overall with a 49-14 win Saturday over Jefferson City Helias Catholic in the MSHSAA Show-Me Bowl.
    That makes a total of 11 Missouri state championships (1989, 1992, 1993, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012) and eight titles under current head coach John Roderique, who took over Webb City in 1997. This is the first three-peat in school history.
    The Cardinals have gone 193-18 since 1997 and his 91.4 winning percentage makes Roderique the winningest coach in Missouri HS football history by percentage. Record the last five seasons: 73-1. Record the last 10 seasons: 128-8. The Cardinals are 45-0 this decade and finished 121-11 in the ‘00s.
    A former two-time All-American linebacker with Pittsburg State, Roderique made 365 tackles during his time (1986-1989) in the Jungle, including 143 stops in 1989.
    His son, Scott, and his daughter, Hailey, currently attend Pitt State; Scott plays on the football team and Hailey on the basketball team. Another son, John, did an outstanding job quarterbacking this year’s Webb City squad as a senior — 1,775 yards passing and 21 TDs (four interceptions) and 885 yards and 19 TDs on 86 carries.
    MaxPreps ranks Webb City No. 4 in Missouri and 89th nationally.
    Most of Webb City’s frontline players this year played two years ago in a JV game against St. Mary’s Colgan at Hutchinson Field, including John Roderique and running back Cooper Smith (1,174 yards and 20 TDs this season). Webb City defeated Colgan 30-14.
    • The Lamar Tigers won their second consecutive Class 2 state title with a 69-41 win Saturday over Blair Oaks and finished their season 13-2, winning 11 straight contests after losses to Seneca (13-7) and Cassville (31-0) during Big 8 conference play.
    Page 2 of 2 - Lamar dominated in the playoffs: 70-0 over Stockton, 69-28 over Ash Grove, 62-0 over Butler, 55-14 over Liberty, 69-12 over Caruthersville and 69-41 over Blair Oaks. Lamar outscored its playoff opponents 394-95. On the season, Lamar totaled 720 points, averaging 48 points per game.
    Lamar and Blair Oaks combined for a Show-Me Bowl record for total points, as well as over 1,000 yards of total offense.
    Head coach Scott Bailey played on the Dennis Franchione PSU teams of the mid-to-late 1980s along with Roderique and current PSU head coach Tim Beck. He earned All-Central States Intercollegiate Conference honors in 1986 (honorable mention linebacker), 1987 (honorable mention tight end) and 1988 (honorable mention TE). Bailey also won Most Outstanding Freshman in 1985 and the Sunflower Award in 1988 for his academic accomplishments.
    • No Kansas state football champion in 2011 repeated this season and only Hutchinson, Centralia and Thunder Ridge made it back to the title game. State runner-ups Eudora and Silver Lake returned and repeated as state runner-ups.
    Shawnee Mission West (Class 6A) won its third state title overall and its first since 1985. Bishop Carroll (5A) won its second title and first since 1978. Holton won its third title and first since 2005. Scott City won its fourth title (first in 3A) and first since 1991. Meade won its second title in three years and its fourth in school history (1972, 1980, 2010, 2012). Ness City won its first state title and Baileyville B&B won its third title in five years.
    • Final MaxPreps rankings for Kansas: 1. Bishop Carroll (13-0), 2. Shawnee Mission West (12-1), 3. Scott City (14-0), 4. Holton (14-0), 5. Hutchinson (10-3), 6. Beloit (12-1), 7. Salina South (10-2), 8. Derby (10-2), 9. Lawrence Free State (10-2), 10. Lawrence (8-3).
    • Fort Hays State wrestling features a pair of familiar grapplers: Pittsburg native Derek Koehn and Columbus native C.J. Napier, both in their junior years. Napier (141 pounds) transferred from the University of Nebraska and recently earned MIAA Wrestler of the Week honors for his elite division championship performance in the Nebraska-Kearney Holiday Inn Open. Koehn (157) placed in the UCM Open (third) and won the Baker Open; fellow Pittsburg grads Beau and Broc Bennett wrestle for Baker.
    • Labette Community College freshman wrestler Aaron Seybold (149 pounds) won the freshman-sophomore division title at the Oklahoma City Open (Nov. 4). No. 2-ranked Labette (defending national champions) took a dual over nationally-ranked Neosho County 31-9; Seybold won a 6-1 decision over Jonathan Barnat. Labette hosts an invitational today in Parsons.
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