The CBC Cadets had been on the short end of the score in the playoffs against Hazelwood Central the last two times the clubs have met.
On Friday night, the Cadets made sure it did not happen a third time
CBC scored a touchdown late in the first quarter and never looked back as the host Cadets dismantled previously unbeaten Hazelwood Central 45-0 in the Class 6, District 2 championship.
“It feels real good to get the (district), ” CBC running back Calen Taylor said. “It feels great. All week in practice we had the intensity and that was our goal the keep the high intensity and play hard with defense, offense. Let it do what we do best.”
Undefeated CBC (12-0) will host Kirkwood in a Class 6 semifinal Friday at 7 p.m.
CBC scored in a flash and its defense came out pitching a shutout. That’s how the Cadets started as they parlayed two Hawks turnovers into a pair of Tre Bryant touchdown runs to go up 14-0 early in the second quarter. With that Cadets were on a roll.
“I think that anytime you can get on Hazelwood Central early it’s to your benefit because they are great team and when they get ahead, it’s hard to catch up with them,” CBC coach Scott Pingel said. “With our defense I knew we could get a couple early that would help quite a bit.”
The Cadets defense was relentless from the get-go. After giving a couple of early first downs to Central, the CBC stop crew was a virtually unbreakable wall.
Central running back Kevin Batt, who was back for the first time in nine weeks from a foot injury struggled to find running room and finished with just 47 yards rushing.
Central quarterback Mike Glass also had a rough night as he was lost a fumble and threw three interceptions.
CBC took a 24-0 lead into halftime on Calob Meizner’s 38-yard field goal with no time left on the clock. The Cadets got the field goal chance off a Damion Baker interception of Glass that was returned to the 50-yard line. with 2.3 seconds left in the half. Central was flagged for roughing CBC quarterback Blake Charlton as time ran out. As the ball sailed through the uprights, the Cadets went into pandemonium.
Charlton scored a rushing touchdown and threw for 106 yards. Taylor ran for 91 yards and a touchdown.
Not to be outdone, the defense got in on the act as well as Quentin Wynn went 25 yards with a pick-six making it 38-0, and beginning the mercy-rule running clock.
It was 11th time CBC has scored 45 or more points, their sixth shutout of the year, and the first time in three playoff games that CBC has beaten Hazelwood Central. It was everything the Cadets thought it would be and more.
“It’s a great accomplishment and a good time with the team,” Taylor said.
Hazelwood Central’s season came to a halt at 11-1 overall.
NOTES: In other district title games involving area teams Lafayette fell to Kirkwood 56-9 in Class 6, District 1, Francis Howell rallied to beat Jefferson City 14-10 for the Class 6, District 3 crown, and in Class 5, District 3, Fort Zumwalt North blasted Fort Zumwalt East 42-7.