CBC is unanimous in Class 6 as No. 1; Parkway South drops out of poll despite victory
By: Warren Mayes
If you want to know anything about the state football polls, don’t ask CBC coach Scott Pingel.
“We really don’t talk about rankings around here,” Pingel said. “We live in the now.”
The now is CBC is spotless at 4-0. The Cadets have been ranked No. 1 all season but in this week’s Class 6 poll by the Missouri sportswriters and broadcasters, CBC picked up all 14 first-place votes to be the unanimous pick by everyone voting. Last week, the Cadets had nine votes.
There was movement in the Class 6 rankings. Second-ranked Blue Springs and third-ranked Rock Bridge both lost. Blue Springs (3-1) fell to Lee’s Summit West, 35-28 in overtime and dropped to No. 4 from No. 2. Rock Bridge (3-1) lost 27-14 to Raymore-Peculiar, who moved to No. 9 after being tied for 10th last week with Parkway South. Rock Bridge plunged to No. 8 from No. 3.
Parkway South (10-0) defeated Marquette 13-0 last week but dropped out of the poll. The Patriots will host Fox at 7 p.m. Friday in a Suburban West Conference game.
Jefferson City (4-0) jumped from No. 5 to No. 2 while Lafayette (4-0) moved to No. 3 from No. 4. Lafayette smacked Northwest 63-0. The Lancers will host Oakville (1-3) at 7 p.m. Friday.
De Smet (3-1) moved up a notch to No. 5 from No. 6. The Spartans defeated Chaminade 28-0. De Smet has a big game at 7 p.m. Friday when the Spartans will entertain Jefferson City.
Pingel said it’s not difficult to ignore the polls. It’s how he prepares his team for each game.
“Staying focused on this week’s opponent is an easy reminder to the team,” Pingel said. “I never talk about it, nor do we bring it up.”
The Cadets, fresh off a 35-0 thrashing of Lindbergh, will host Chaminade (1-3) in a Metro Catholic Conference game. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Friday. It’s a game his players are looking forward to, Pingel said.
“They do get jacked up to play in the MCC but, in reality, our team knows that we are going to get everyone’s best so they get up for everyone,” Pingel said. “Our goal is not the conference title but it would be nice.”
Although his squad has given up just 26 points while scoring 150 this season, Pingel said there is room for improvement.
“No, never pleased,” Pingel said. “We constantly are having too many mistakes and too many penalties. We need to be more consistent.”
In Class 4, Westminster Christian Academy (4-0) remained No. 10 after whipping Lutheran South 31-6. The Wildcats return to the gridiron Saturday when they host Priory (2-2). Kickoff is at 1 p.m.
In Class 5, undefeated Parkway Central (4-0) picked up 14 votes to just remain outside the top 10. Parkway Central thumped Parkway West 41-6. The Colts entertain No. 5 Webster Groves (3-1) at 7 p.m. on Friday so a victory might catapult Parkway Central into the rankings.