CBC foils Ritenour’s upset bid in Class 6 District 2 semifinals
By: Jonathan Duncan
The Ritenour Huskies traveled to Christian Brothers College High School on Friday night looking to keep their drive to the Edward Jones Dome going with a second round Class 6 playoff win over the number one ranked Cadets.
Ritenour’s explosive offense led by Terrence Hollins-White caught fire late but it was not enough to overcome CBC’s big-time play makers Jonathan Parker, Tre Bryant and Aarion Penton as the Cadets rolled to a 27-0 lead in the first half and held off a late Huskies charge for a 54-35 Class 6 District 2 semifinal victory.
“I think the first half our game plan was working and we were doing all this stuff and it was working,” CBC coach Scott Pingel said. “Then they kind of made some adjustments the second half and we kind of went back to what we were doing early. “I think our defense will play better going forward and they have all year long.”
CBC struck first for point off an 11-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Creath to Corey Patterson. After forcing Ritenour to punt, the Cadets used the air to score as Creath connected with Penton on a 33-yard scoring toss stretching the lead to14-0. Penton was huge in the receiving department with 6 catches for 138 yards.
An 11-play drive gave CBC more space as Creath hit Tyris Lockhart with a 50-yard scoring bomb to make it 21-0. Creath was sharp in the pocket as the junior signal-caller hit 16 of 25 passes for 295 yards with 3 TD’s.
Not to be outdone, the CBC defense also came up big with three interceptions of Ritenour’s Terrance Hollins-White in the end zone.
“We came out a little flat,” Ritenour coach Hoyt Gregory said.” We got in the red zone four times and didn’t come away with any points. But our kids didn’t quit.”
Parker scored on a 1-yard run just before the break, pushing the Cadets led to 27-0. Parker rushed for 147 yards on 19 carries with three scores on the night.
Early in the third quarter, CBC drove deep into Ritenour territory, but Ritenour’s Danny Askew killed the drive with an interception and returned it for a touchdown making it 27-7.
Ritenour (7-4) got to the end zone just a minute into the fourth quarter as Devin Alexander scored on a 4-yard touchdown jaunt cutting the gap to 27-13.
Four plays later, CBC responded as Parker scored on a 9-yard run pushing the margin to 34-13.
The Huskies continued to respond. This time a bruising seven-play drive capped by Alexander’s 5-yard touchdown run made it 34-21.
“We had a little adversity in week 9 against Francis Howell and we preserved and tonight Ritenour didn’t quit and I think that was good for us,” Pingel said.
CBC (11-0) came right back with an electrifying 64-yard touchdown scamper by Bryant to make it 41-21.
The Huskies would not go away again as Ritenour answered with a 5-yard touchdown pass from Hollins-White to Alexander to trim the lead to 41-28. CBC got the ball back and answered with another trip to the end zone on a 51-yard dash to the house by Parker to go back up 48-28.
On the ensuing kickoff, DeAndre Johnson weaved through the CBC coverage and raced all the way to pay dirt for a touchdown to pull the Huskies close at 48-35.
“We came back and got it within 13 a couple of times,” Gregory said. “Our kids got down 27 points to the number one team in the state but our kids didn’t quit.”
That momentum stopped on CBC’s next drive as Penton scored on a 12-yard run and the Cadets prevailed to advance to the Class 6, District 2 finals on (Nov. 9).