They were were bigger, faster, and stronger from the opening kickoff to the final horn and when the final horn sounded, the Parkway Central Colts had no answers for the red-hot and dominant Fort Zumwalt North Panthers.
Zumwalt North, led by big plays from standout quarterback Cade Brister, a dominant run game, and a suffocating defense rolled to a 35-0 win over Parkway Central in a Class 5, District 3 semifinal Friday night at Fort Zumwalt North.
The win puts undefeated top-seed Fort Zumwalt North (10-0) in the district championship as the Panthers will host Parkway West next Friday at 7 p.m.
Brister, the Panthers do most everything junior quarterback, safety, scored four touchdowns behind the bruising O-line of Zak Steele, Blake Wilson, Alex Jetton, Ndiaye Kadeer, and Greg Harris.
“It’s unbelievable having such a great line to be blessed like that at this high school,” Brister said. “They had a monster night. When they get holes that big it’s pretty simple to run in behind and follow the blocks.”
Late in the first quarter, the Panthers broke on top as Brister broke-off a 34-yard touchdown run to make it 7-0.
The Panthers then recovered an onside kick and were in business again inside the Central 40.
Early in the second quarter, Zumwalt North had its big-play offense rolling again as Brister finished off another drive with an 18-yard touchdown jaunt to make it 14-0.
In the closing moments of the first half, it was end zone time again for the Panthers as Brister scored on a 19-yard touchdown keeper for a 21-0 halftime lead that left Parkway Central reeling.
Central, which ended its season at 7-4, lost a hard-fought 12-10 contest to the Panthers three weeks earlier, but on this night the Colts were pushed around and could not match Zumwalt North’s physical football style.
“They made some big plays on us,” Parkway Central coach Mark Goldenberg said. “They really manhandled us. You have got to give them a lot of credit. They took it to us.”
Meanwhile, Brister was just simply omnipresent, scoring four touchdowns, and intercepting two passes on defense.
“He is a pretty special player and obviously it’s not a one-man show but at the same, time he does some special stuff,” Fort Zumwalt North coach Joe Bacon said.
Senior linebacker Dacey Brister also made his presence felt as he picked off a Nathan Sanders pass off a fake punt play in the third quarter.
“Those brothers over there are pretty good,” Goldenberg said. They seem like good kids that you’d like to have fight for you.”
Tay Robinson finished out the scoring for the Panthers with a 30-yard touchdown run with 3:10 to go.
Overall, it was a good night for Zumwalt North as they look to stay unbeaten in next week’s district championship game.
“Our boys came to play tonight and they did a great job in all three phases of the game,” Bacon said. “That was our focus.”