When CBC coach Scott Pingel looked at his schedule for this season, he knew he’d have to take it one game at a time.
The schedule is among the most difficult ever put together for the Cadets and the challenges were immense.
“Without a doubt, it’s the toughest schedule we’ve had,” Pingel said. “I was going through all kinds of scenarios on how we’d start the season. We’ve got four new offensive lineman and a new quarterback this year. I never thought we’d be 3-0.”
Yet that’s right where the Cadets are. Undefeated after facing an opening gauntlet of Columbia Hickman, Jefferson City and Fort Zumwalt West.
And it doesn’t get any easier. CBC begins Metro Catholic Conference action with a 7 p.m. game Friday at Vianney. There’s no easy games in the MCC. Everyone is up for everyone.
“Everyone is ready for conference play,” Pingel said. “The kids are excited. We know Vianney will be ready. They always are. It’s going to be another tough game.”
CBC opened with a 64-14 beatdown of Columbia Hickman.
“We started off really well,” Pingel said. “We caught them at a good time in the opener. It was a really hot day. They had seven guys who played both ways. We didn’t. We wore them down a little bit.”
The Cadets hit the road for Game 2 with a trip to Cole County to face the vaunted Jefferson City Jays. The program has 10 state championships, the most of any school in Missouri. Year in and year out, the Jays go deep into the postseason and always are a threat.
CBC scored a 47-0 shutout over Jefferson City.
However, Pingel said the score is somewhat deceiving.
“It was really a close game,” Pingel said. “We kicked a field goal just before the half to lead 12-0 at halftime. Then we scored some quick points early in the third quarter. We scored a touchdown and then we had an interception return for a touchdown two plays later. It was a fluky thing and it kept rolling from there. I was really happy to get the win up there. It was a great win for our program and a great experience playing there.”
Last week, CBC played at Fort Zumwalt West. The Jaguars reached the Class 6 quarterfinals last year. The game began on Friday but bad weather forced it to be halted and resumed Saturday.
CBC recorded a 52-21 victory.
“I think the rain delay helped us there,” Pingel said. “I don’t know that we were all that focused on Friday. We were really focused on Saturday morning. We played with a little edge.”
Pingel has been using two quarterbacks this season. Junior Blake Charlton plays two series and then senior Jack Even plays a series. That goes on throughout each game.
“Both of them are doing good things,” Pingel said. “We don’t get too caught up in the stats. We like both of them. They had a good competition for the job. Both are deserving of a chance to play. They offense hasn’t missed a beat doing this. We’re going to continue.”
The offensive line has been getting the job done as well. Senior John Chamberlain is the returning starter.
“We’re playing OK and I think we’re going to get better on the line,” Pingel said. “We’re starting four new guys. We’re a work in progress.”
Overall, Pingel believes his team has the potential to be a good done. Time will tell.
“I think we’ve been able to play a lot of people. We’re lot getting experience and touches,” Pingel said. “We don’t have that one guy. We have a lot of guys and that is good. The defense had been playing so well. Teams are having a tough time running on us. Our rush defense has been solid. We have to secure things in our secondary a little better.”
A good test will be Friday against Vianney. The Cadets are 4-1 against the Golden Griffins in the last five years.
Pingel is expecting a tough, hard-fought battle.
“They have made changes with Paul Day as the coach there. They’ve got a very athletic running back (Tionne Harris) and a very good quarterback (Nick Voorhees). They’ll be ready. They’ll give us a game.”
For his Cadets, Pingel wants to keep the ball.
“We have to maximize our possessions,” Pingel said. “We have to take care of the ball.”
This will be start of four league games for the Cadets. Coming up in order are games against Chaminade, De Smet and St. Louis University High.
“The team is excited to play conference games,” Pingel said. “Everyone is up because these games are important. It’s a great conference and it’s going to be fun playing these games.
“I like this group. Our big thing is we got a lot of guys who like to play. I’m proud of them all.”