Rockhurst falls at No. 1 CBC

By Dave Kvidahl Special to PrepsKC
Posted: October 7, 2016 - 11:02 PM

Maybe there's something about going east that doesn't jive with the Rockhurst football team.

The last three times the Hawklets have traveled to or through St. Louis they have motored home with a loss.

In 2013 it was a 19-14 loss at East St. Louis. In 2014 it was a loss to CBC in the Class 6 title game at the Edward Jones Dome.

It was a 10-3 loss Friday night at CBC.

Rockhurst was on the board first but CBC scored all 10 points in the fourth quarter. Senior running back Kaleb Allen scored the go-ahead 3-yard touchdown with 11 minutes and 9 seconds to play in the game to give CBC a 7-3 lead. Senior kicker Otto Etzel connected on a 36-yard field goal with 1:29 to play to give the hosts some breathing room.

It was much improved defensive showing for CBC as it survived a 65-59 scoreboard buster in Jefferson City last week.

“I love how our defense bounced back. They did a heck of job,” CBC coach Scott Pingel said. “They held on and shut them out in the second half.”

The No. 1 team in Class 6, CBC (7-1) has won five in a row and its only two meetings with No. 4 Rockhurst (5-2).

The Hawklets have dropped their last two after Blue Springs beat them 24-7 two weeks ago.

CBC was unsure of how it would perform on Friday without standout junior Kamryn Babb. A receiver and defensive back, Babb is among the most highly recruited juniors in the country. He counts offers from the likes of Louisiana State, Notre Dame and Ole Miss to name a few. Through seven games Babb accounted for 13 touchdowns and 847 yards of total offense. He also leads the Cadets with three interceptions.

With Babb on the sideline in a boot, CBC had to find other players to produce. Sophomore Brett Gabbert went to work out of the shotgun and found those other weapons.

Junior receiver Cameron Brown caught six passes for 93 yards including a 49-yard bomb down the right sideline that set up Allen's go-ahead touchdown. Junior receiver Tyler Walton caught six passes for 63 yards. All told Gabbert hit five receivers as he finished 19-of-25 for 232 yards. He was sacked just one time as Rockhurst's Josh Lopez ran Gabbert out of bounds for a 2-yard loss.

“They gave him great protecting. I don't think we got to him very often,” Rockhurst coach Tony Severino said. “He did a great job, he's got some good receivers that run great routes. We had a couple breakdowns in the secondary that hurt us.”

Gabbert only took one big hit on the night. But CBC's defense laid out a few hits of its own on Rockhurst quarterbacks Chance May and Derek Green. May, the senior, was sacked four times. Green was sacked once but took a few monster shots as the ball left his hand. The Cadets brought pressure with numbers but also had strong play in their secondary.

“Their O-line is quick and we had to be able to get low, get through their line and be able to read their screen,” CBC senior linebacker Beau Broyles said. “Being quick off the ball was key. We had to beat them before they could beat us.”

Rockhurst had success early running the ball but couldn't sustain drives due to negative plays, turnovers or penalties. The Hawklets were inside CBC's red zone one time and settled for a 28-yard field goal from junior Eric Angrisano with 5:31 to play in the second quarter.

May completed 7-of-15 passes for 107 yards and an interception. Green finished 6-of-10 for 60 yards.

Senior receiver Chris Teahan caught six passes for 56 yards. Junior running back Brady McCanles caught three passes for 52 yards. He rushed for 50 yards on 10 carries.

“Overall we did what we had to do. They're not that much better than we are,” Severino said. “Great game. We've had two great games with them.”