It was a look of satisfaction on CBC running back Calen Taylor’s face that said it all. Taylor and his CBC teammates punched their ticket to the Class 6 championship game on Friday night at CBC with 55-10 thrashing of a very talented Kirkwood Pioneers squad, marked by a dominating performance in all areas of the game.
CBC (13-0) will face Kansas City Rockhurst for the Class 6 Championship at the Edward Jones Dome on Nov. 29 at 5:30 p.m.
The Cadets scored touchdowns by the run, the pass, and by a pair of pick-six interceptions as the Cadets left no doubt about their dominance on the gridiron.
“It feels great to know we put in so much work and it’s paying off,” Taylor said. “In the off-season when nobody was looking we were persistent doing good things getting the job done and throughout the season good job on offense, good job on defense, good job on special team.”
Kirkwood came out moving the ball on the first drive of the night and notched a 3-0 lead on Ryan Higginnbothham’s 19-yard field goal.
CBC answered just a minute later with a quick strike as the Cadets took the lead on a 35-yard scoring run by Tre Bryant.
Four minutes later, the Cadets defense started to chip in as Damion Baker picked off a Will Hadler pass and returned it 7 yards for a touchdown.
The two quick scores in under four minutes after the early Kirkwood score, got the Cadets rolling on both sides of the ball. “When they have the momentum, we try to take it away,” Taylor said.
Kirkwood tightened it up with 3:51 left in the second quarter on a 2-yard Robert Columbus touchdown plunge making it 14-10.
CBC regained the momentum just before half as Lamar Anderson’s 58-yard screen pass set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Taylor to make it 21-10 at the break.
“Their defense was had a lot of rhythm and a lot of slant and once we kind of figured out what they were doing, we had a little bit more success,” CBC coach Scott Pingel said.
Blake Charlton hit Mike Million with a 31-yard touchdown pass with 9:13 left in the third quarter and then just over a minute later, Charlton scored on a 9-yard run and CBC was pulling away with a 35-10 lead.
That left Kirkwood (10-2) looking toward preparing for its annual Thanksgiving game on Nov. 27 and knowing their playoff run was effectively done.
“I would have liked to have played better and we didn’t,” said Kirkwood coach Matt Irvin. “The start of the first half, they had a nice drive and made the stretch and then they had another interception for a touchdown and so it’s hard to play a team that can do that and they have been doing that all year-long, so credit to them.”
Taylor scored on runs of 4 yards and 20 yards, and Rashon Davis added a 26-yard interception for a TD to round out the CBC scoring.
Now the Cadets will be playing on Thanksgiving weekend for the first time since the 2011 Class 6 championship game.
“I think it feels good to be playing Thanksgiving weekend,” Pingel said. “We have a special team right now and we’ll see how far we can ride it.”
NOTES: In the other Class 6 semifinal game played Friday night, Francis Howell lost to Rockhurst 25-20 and in Class 5 quarterfinal play, Fort Zumwalt North fell to Battle 20-13.