McDonald’s Team of the Week: Har-Ber Wildcats
Springdale Har-Ber came back to beat Webb City, Mo. on Friday, 42-35, after trailing by three touchdowns in the third quarter.
That alone is impressive.
If you factor in that Webb City has won 46 straight games, three straight state titles and 91 straight regular season games, the feat seems impossible. Being down by that much that late Har-Ber wasn’t worried. They knew they could come back.
“I think as soon as we came out of halftime,” said senior quarterback Kyle Pianalto. “We had that score after they scored. We answered them back and the defense made a stop.”
“We knew the game wasn’t over,” said senior defensive tackle Josh Frazier. “We play four quarters. It was just one half.”
It was 28-14 at half time and then Webb City scored again to make it 35-14. Har-Ber knew they needed to start taking care of the football if they were going to win the game.
“We didn’t make the turnovers and mistakes we had in the first half,” said senior receiver Camden Scott. “We knew we could score and get the ball rolling. We started doing it in the second half.”
“The momentum that we had in the second half was ridiculous,” said Frazier. “That big crowd there adds a little bit.”
Har-Ber forced multiple turnovers and scored four straight touchdowns to end the game.
“As a team we have a bunch of character and our players are strong,” said Scott.
“We have a lot of fight in us and we know we can stand at the top with the best teams,” said Pianalto.
As great as that win was, they can’t even relish it. Rockbridge Mo. comes to town on Friday.
“Columbia Rockbridge is ranked No. 2 in the state of Missouri for class 6A,” said Har-Ber head coach Chris Wood. “We don’t have time to pat ourselves on the back. It’s time to move on. After that you have Fort Smith Southside. Then you got Bentonville after that. So if you think you’ve arrived, there are a lot of people on our road that will put us back in our place. “