Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ladue Stuns Webster Groves; Football Playoffs; Kirkwood Ousts Lafayette, Will Play CBC

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ladue Stuns Webster Groves; Football Playoffs; Kirkwood Ousts Lafayette, Will Play CBC

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WEBSTER GROVES * Ladue quarterback Jack Fox is known more for his kicking and throwing ability than he is for his running ability.

But Fox ran for a 37-yard touchdown with 36.4 seconds remaining in the game Friday to give Ladue an improbable 34-28 come-from- behind upset victory over Webster Groves in a Missouri Class 5 District 2 final at Moss Field.

Ladue, No. 10 in the Class 5 state rankings, improved to 11-1 with its third consecutive victory and advanced to play Vianney at 1 p.m. Nov. 15 at St. Louis U. High.

Webster, No. 6 in the STLhighschoolsports.com rankings and No. 2 in the Missouri Class 5 rankings, fell to 7-2.

"I'm in shock right now," Fox said. "I don't run the ball. That's the first time I've ever done that. I saw the end zone. We were down a lot. I knew it was going to happen."

The Rams, who overmatched in the first half after Webster ran off to 28-6 halftime lead, scored once in the third quarter and used a 14-yard touchdown run by Daylen Edwards in the fourth quarter and a blocked punt returned for a touchdown by Mario Whitley with 7 minutes 39 seconds left in the game to make it 28-26.

Edwards also scored on a 41-yard run in the third quarter and finisheed with 130 yards rushing from 13 carriers.

But Whitley's block of a Jordan Shumate punt on fourth and 12 at the Webster 45 set the stage for the late heroics by Fox.

In fact, Fox booted two field goals in the first half 26 and 43 yards and had a 71-yard punt in the first half.

But with the game on the line and the Rams facing a first down and 22 from the Webster 37-yard line, Fox ran through a huge hole off right tackle and outran the Statesmen secondary, which were lined up on the other side.

That made the score 32-28 and Fox added the 2-point conversion on a run off the left side after he was forced to scramble while trying to pass for two points.

"I just saw the end zone," Fox remembered.

"I've never seen him run so fast," Ladue coach Mike Tarpey said with a laugh.

Fox, who entered the game with 1,611 passing yards and 84 rushing yard, finished with 60 rushing yards for the night. He completed 15 of 32 passes for 151 yards. …

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