CBC quarterback Blake Charlton made it happen in the air. Cadets running back Caylen Taylor made it happen on the ground, and the Cadets defense was relentless on Friday night.
Charlton threw for two touchdowns and Taylor ran for two scores as unbeaten CBC rolled over Metro Catholic rival De Smet Jesuit 60-0 at De Smet Jesuit.
“Anytime you score on your first drive you have got to be happy with that and we were able to score a couple of touchdowns after that and that was good to see,” CBC coach Scott Pingel said. “I really love the way our defense is playing now and they really help us out.”
CBC (6-0, 3-0 Metro Catholic play) broke on top with a 22-yard field goal by Caleb Meinzer just two minutes, twenty-two seconds into the game.
Three minutes later, the Cadets went to work through the air as Charlton capped a drive with a 10-yard scoring pass to Mike Million making it 10-0 with 5:28 left in the first quarter.
On its next drive, CBC struck via air again as Charlton finished a six-play march with an 11-yard touchdown toss to Jack Orban. Charlton was 12 of 16 passing for 159 yards and two touchdowns.
Another De Smet Jesuit three and out gave the Cadets another drive just before the end of the first quarter. On first down, Charlton fired a quick slant pass to Anderson and Anderson raced 50 yards for the score and a commanding 24-0 lead.. “It was an awesome play and a lot of fun and it got us going,” Charlton said. “They were working a lot of cover 0 with one on one coverages so it was just go where the one on ones were.”
CBC added a pair of Meinzer field goals and a 2-yard touchdown run from Taylor in the second quarter to go up 37-0 at halftime and start the running clock.
“They (De Smet Jesuit) did a lot of good things on defense, so it took us a little while to figure them out,” Pingel said.
A safety, an 88-yard kick return by Taylor and a 33-yard scoring run by Taylor, pushed the lead to 53-0 and the Spartans were buried. Taylor finished the night with 106 yards rushing on just 11 carries.
That left ample time for the Cadets backups to get playing time as De Smet Jesuit saw its winless season stretch to 0-6 (0-3).
“That’s the good thing I like about our team right now,” Pingel said. “We have a lot of playmakers and we can kind of spread it out and not just have it going to one guy. “