Cadets utilize strong offense, defense to secure first ever State Title

Cameron Mellor (@CamMellor)
February 26, 2015



After coming up just short on two separate occurrences, Christian Brothers College High School finally achieved arguably their most sought after athletic goal – a football State Championship.


Despite having won multiple championships in nearly every other sport at the school, the Cadets had come up just shy of winning the Missouri Class 6 State Title in both 2006 and 2011.


In 2014 however, CBC returned to the season’s final game, except this time, they returned from the Edward Jones Dome with a championship trophy. The Cadets defeated perennial Missouri power Rockhurst, 31-24 to cap a perfect season in the perfect way and finish 14-0.


During the entire season for Christian Brothers, the Cadets seemed virtually unstoppable, winning their first 13 games by a combined margin of 563 points, or an average margin of victory of just over 43 points per contest.


In their first game of the season, CBC hosted Hickman, and easily handled the Kewpies, 63-14. Running backs Tre Bryant and Kaleb Allen each rushed for two touchdowns and quarterback Blake Charlton threw for 130 yards and two scores on just eight completions.


The Cadets offense shared the ball very effectively against Hickman as 14 different CBC players touched the ball on offense during their first outing.


Defensive leader Kevin Williams recorded 2.0 sacks against Hickman, as he finished the season leading the team in total tackles and tackles for loss.


Week two put CBC on the road for the first time, taking on Jefferson City. After a sluggish start for the Cadets, a 35-point third quarter put the game away before an eventual 47-0 victory over the Jays. Bryant again ran for two scores in the game against Jefferson City while defensive back Sean Boyd also scored on an interception return that pushed the Cadets lead to 26-0.


After defeating Fort Zumwalt West, 52-21 in week three, Christian Brothers pitched two consecutive shutouts in the face of their annual rivalry game against De Smet Jesuit. Leading up to the game against Spartans, CBC shut out St. John Vianney, 56-0 before blanking Chaminade College Prep, 51-0.


In 2014, it was CBC’s turn to travel to De Smet, all 10 minutes of the distance that separates the two. A year removed from the narrow 14-11 Christian Brothers victory, the 2014 version of the rivalry game would be anything but similar to their previous game.


The Cadets jumped all over the Spartans early, taking a 37-0 lead to halftime before ultimately dismantling their rival, 60-0. CBC held De Smet to just 47 total yards of offense and running back Calen Taylor ran for 106 yards and two touchdowns. Spartan quarterbacks were held to just 5-of-16 passing for 33 yards while all De Smet rushers combined for just 14 yards on the ground.


Christian Brothers forced 10 Spartan punts in what would be their third consecutive shutout victory.


The Cadets finished their regular season with victories over St. Louis University (49-16), Tennessee’s Christian Brothers (49-7) and a 14-point victory over Rock Bridge (40-26). To date, the 14-point margin of victory stood as the slimmest of the season for CBC.


After finishing the regular season at a perfect 9-0, Christian Brothers faced off against an all too familiar foe in the fashion of their arch rivals – De Smet Jesuit – once again.


Despite allowing the Spartans to score in the second quarter, the first round matchup against De Smet looked eerily similar to the team’s first meeting for Spartans fans. While De Smet was able to gain nearly triple the amount of yards the second time around (123), the Spartans turned the ball over three times against the Cadets defense before ultimately dropping the game to CBC, 52-7.



Christian Brothers have five different players score touchdowns including two rushing scores from Allen and two receiving scores from wide receiver Mike Million.


After defeating their rival for the second time in as many games in 2014, the Cadets hosted Francis Howell North and then Hazelwood Central in consecutive playoff games, winning both games by the same score of 45-0.


Against Francis Howell North, both Taylor and Bryant each scored two rushing touchdowns in the 45-0 throttling of the Knights.


Against Hazelwood Central, CBC did the majority of their damage in the second and third quarters, scoring 17 and 21 points, respectively. The Cadets outgained the Hawks 332 to 174 in this 45-0 victory, only Hazelwood Central’s second loss of the season.


The victory over the Hawks exacted revenge for CBC as Hazelwood Central had ousted the Cadets from the playoffs a year prior, 26-24.


In the state semifinals, Christian Brothers were to take on an 11-1 Kirkwood team, who had looked equally as impressive in their playoff victories. The Pioneers had won their three games by margins of 53, 28 and 47 points, respectively.


Kirkwood’s challenge against CBC would ultimately be too big as Christian Brothers cruised into the State Championship game with a 55-10 victory.


After the Pioneers took an early 3-0 lead, CBC’s Bryant grabbed the lead with a 35-yard touchdown run. Damion Baker then intercepted a Will Hadler pass and returned it for a touchdown and a quick 14-point swing.


Kirkwood stood tall however, limiting the CBC offense through the majority of the first half and even pull back within striking range after a Robert Columbus 2-yard touchdown rush brought the score to 14-10.


However, just two plays later and after a Charlton 57-yard bomb to Lamar Anderson, Taylor punched in a touchdown rush to start the offensive onslaught.


CBC scored on their first three possessions of the third quarter, building a 42-10 lead. The Cadets pushed that lead even further when Rashon Davis intercepted a Reece Goddard pass and returned it for the second ‘pick-six’ of the game for Christian Brothers. After one more Taylor touchdown rush, CBC won the game by a score of 55-10 to advance to the finals.


Taylor finished with three rushing touchdowns and 102 yards on the ground for the Cadets.


Awaiting Christian Brothers in the state’s final game would be Rockhurst, perennial Missouri powerhouse who had won state titles as recent as 2010 and 2007.


The meeting between the two teams would go down as one of the better state title games across not only the state of Missouri, but the entire country.


Charlton connected on a pass to Million from 3-yards out on the very first possession for CBC. After forcing a three-and-out from the Hawklets offense, Calob Meinzer hit on a 24-yard field goal to give the Cadets an early 10-0 lead in the first quarter.


However, after a 19-play drive was capped off by a 3-yard touchdown rush by quarterback T.J. Green, the Hawklets inched back in to the game. Rockhurst forced a three-and-out of their own, forcing Charlton to punt the ball back to the Hawklets, after just 0:39 seconds off the game clock.


The CBC defense, who had just been on the field for 19 plays, again were subjected to a long drive by Rockhurst and Green. This time, after a 10-play drive, the Hawklets tied the game at 10 points apiece with a 39-yard Jackson Terry field goal.


Charlton however, put the Cadets back in the lead before halftime with his second scoring connection to Million, this one from 21 yards away to give CBC a 17-10 lead at the break.


Momentum swung in the early stages of the third quarter in Christian Brother’s favor as a 48-yard field goal attempt from Terry went wide. The Cadets took over, up by a touchdown with 7:38 left in the third quarter. Still, the CBC offense was stopped and after a sack of Charlton, the Cadets were forced to punt yet again.


Charlton’s punt subsequently was blocked and Rockhurst would take over at the CBC 19 yard line. Green connected with Taylor Soukup just three plays later from seven yards away to tie the game once again, this time at 17-17.


Rockhurst’s defense stepped up once again and force another Christian Brothers punt on the next possession before Green, the son of former NFL quarterback Trent Green, threw his second consecutive scoring pass, this time from 52-yards out and to Lance Boehm.


The Hawklets led for the first time in the game, 24-17.


Despite all the momentum shifts and the defensive stronghold Rockhurst had, CBC head coach Scott Pingel stuck with the game plan on the nexts drive, churning out a big five-yard rush on third and short by Bryant. After converting the third down, Charlton hit Million for 66 yards to set up a first and goal as the seconds were ticking off the third quarter.


Taylor once more tied the game for CBC just before the third quarter ended, punching the ball in from two yards away.


On the ensuing possession for the Hawklets, the first of the fourth quarter, Green would be pressured often by the Cadet defense, a common trend in the game. Clayton Stalling and Jordan Davis recorded sacks, the latter forcing Rockhurst to punt the ball away.


After the punt, the CBC offense marched down the field in a true championship-moment, trudging 58 yards in 10 plays before Charlton connected with Kameron Curtis from 10-yards away. Charlton’s third passing touchdown of the game pushed Christian Brothers back into the lead, 31-24.


Rockhurst’s ensuing possession looked promising as they took over with 5:43 left in the game. After converting on a third down and gaining 38 yards, the CBC defense forced a long 3rd and eight for Green and the Hawklets. The trend of defensive pressure prevailed once again for the Cadets as Stalling recorded his third sack of Green and force a 4th and 19 play that would arguably decide the game.


Green’s subsequent pass on fourth down fell incomplete and CBC took over with 2:51 remaining on the clock and in the season for both teams.


All did not seem lost for Rockhurst however as they dropped Taylor for -1 yard on first down and held the Charlton to Million connection to just four yards setting up a third and long for the Cadets.


However, a costly offsides from the Hawklets shrank a 3rd and 7 to a more manageable 3rd and 2 for CBC. Charlton converted the shortened third down and dashed any hopes of a Rockhurst comeback, giving Christian Brothers College High School their first ever football State Championship, 31-24.



CBC would finally bring home the coveted title of Missouri Class 6 State Championship back to the school after losing in the 2006 and 2011.


The Cadets won their first state championship with a stout defense, a high-powered offense and some senior leadership. Despite losing several players to graduation and to the next level, most notably Taylor who signed with Army and defensive end Quintin Wynne who signed with Northern Illinois, the 2015 fall camp will start with a familiar face under center – Blake Charlton.


The rising-senior quarterback will return in 2015, looking to defend the school’s first title. He’ll have a host of weapons returning with him and several returning members of their stalwart defense from the 2014 championship as the Cadets will undoubtedly be the team to beat in Missouri’s Class 6.


Offensive stat leaders

Rushing: Calen Taylor (116 yards)

Passing: Blake Charlton (1749 yards)

Receiving: Mike Million (752 yards)

All-Purpose: Calen Taylor (1625 yards)

Touchdowns: Tre Bryant & Calen Taylor (22)

Rush attempts: Calen Taylor (158 carries)

Receptions: Lamar Anderson (56 catches)


Defensive stat leaders

Total tackles: Kevin Williams (55.5)

Tackles for loss: Kevin Williams (16)

Sacks: Jordan Davis (9)

Interceptions: Eric Carrera (3)

Interception return: Damion Baker (110 yards)

Fumbles forced: Mike Jones (4)


Team statistics

Total scoring: 695 points

Opponent scoring: 125

Total offense: 5812 yards

Total rushing yards: 3367 yards

Total passing yards: 2445 yards

Opponent offense: 2920 yards

Opponent rushing yards: 1312 yards

Opponent passing yards: 1608 yards

Turnover differential: +24 (15 interceptions, 16 fumbles)

Spartans come on late in season, win first ever State Title

Cameron Mellor (@CamMellor)
February 25, 2015



In 2014, many firsts happened all across the country. Some teams made it to the playoffs for the first time, while others advanced to the season’s culminating championship games for the first time.


In Columbia, Missouri the Spartans from Battle High School captured their school’s first ever State Championship in football, beating Nixa, 24-22.


The fight to get to the State Championship for Battle, however, was just that – quite the challenge.


The Spartans started their season off on the wrong foot, dropping a high-scoring matchup to Jackson, 62-34. Despite 265 rushing yards by Nash Sutherlin, the Spartans were outdone in the second half, surrendering 27 points over the final two quarters.


Despite the loss to open the season, Battle put forth a gutsy performance against Wentzville Holt in their second game of the season. Leading 42-28 at halftime, the Spartans allowed the Indians back in to the game in the second half after a quick 70-yard touchdown heave cut the Battle advantage to 49-42.


Sutherlin however would put the game away with a 50-yard touchdown rush, his second of the game, with just 3:47 left to play, giving the Spartans a 56-42 advantage. Even with a late touchdown surrendered to the Indians, Battle pulled off the victory, 56-49, in what would be the highest scoring game of the season in terms of total points for both teams.


After their exciting victory over Holt, Battle took to their home field for the first time in 2014, against Class 6 Rock Bridge.


After starting the game with two unconventional scores, a safety and a field goal, that gave the Spartans a 5-0 lead, the Bruins would launch a 25-point scoring onslaught over the next 25 minutes. Rock Bridge would hold on to defeat Battle, 25-11, pushing the Spartans record to just 1-2 on the season.


The Spartans brought their record back to even with a 36-0 shutout victory over Excelsior Springs in week four, only to be right back on the losing side of things a week later. Against Helias Catholic, Battle turned the ball over three times and committed nine penalties for 75 yards in a 29-14 defeat.


The playoffs seemed a long ways away for the Spartans after week five, but nevertheless, the Battle defense stood tall in their next two games, holding both Hickman and Lee’s Summit North to just seven points apiece and just 116 and 96 total yards of offense, respectively. Battle defeated the Kewpies, 14-7 before defeating the Broncos, 37-7.


Any momentum built from their two consecutive wins before, was lost the next week when Battle hosted Jefferson City in the final regular season home game of the year. The Jays built a 31-7 lead at halftime and didn’t look back, defeating the Spartans, 38-20.


In the final game of the regular season however, Battle once again got back to their winning ways, defeating Hannibal, 28-14 to push their record to 5-4 before heading to the playoffs as an unlikely contender.


The start to the playoffs pitted the Spartans against a one-win team in Washington, whom Battle defeated easily, 56-8 to advance.


Carrying what would become a common trend into their next game, Battle would face off against one of their regions top teams, and one of the teams that had been qualified for an automatic pass from the first round of the playoffs. Waynesville, the Spartans opponent in the second round, was coming off a week of rest, having been granted a bye in the first round.


Their rest seemingly paid off as late in the fourth quarter, Waynesville running back Jalen Thomas scored from 1-yard out to give the Tigers their first lead of the game, 17-14. That lead needed to last just 0:18 seconds longer however, as Sutherlin capped a quick drive with a 3-yard touchdown rush for the game-winning score.


The Spartans advanced to the third round after defeating Waynesville, 21-17.


Battle would take on Camdenton in their next postseason game, another team that had been granted a pass through the first round of the playoffs.


The Spartans scored first on a Brevinn Tyler connection to Chyrome Thorpe in the first quarter before Camdenton would tie the score before halftime at 7-7. Battle however would score two quick times in the third quarter to steal momentum and hold on to beat the Lakers, 22-14 and advance to the state quarterfinals.


Fort Zumwalt North would await the Spartans in the quarterfinals, having won their two playoffs games with ease, 29-0 over Parkway North and 42-7 over Fort Zumwalt East. The Panthers were also granted a bye in the first round of the playoffs and would meet the Spartans holding  a 10-1 record.


Similar to their previous game, Battle and Fort Zumwalt North went to the halftime break tied, this time at 13 points apiece.


Tyler would throw a 52-yard touchdown pass to Javeon McQuitty in the opening moments of the third quarter before both defenses would stand tall. The Tyler-McQuitty connection would be the final points of the game, and be enough to advance the Spartans to the state semifinals with a 20-13 victory.


Taking on their lone opponent who wasn’t granted that first round bye, the Spartans seemingly looked the part of the dominant team, dismantling Ladue Horton Watkins, 34-6 to advance to the school’s first ever state championship game appearance.


The State Championship game featured two teams just as unlikely as the other to have made it to the season’s culminating game. Both Nixa and Battle would bring with them a 10-4 record.


The Spartans got the scoring started with a Marshall Willingham 17-yard score with just under four minutes remaining in the first quarter.


The Eagles answered back however, with two quick Alec Murphy scores that gave Nixa a 14-7 lead that they would take to halftime. A scoreless third quarter was broken in rapid fashion as Battle kicker Kaleb Adams connected on a 43-yard field goal with 4:01 left.


Nixe quarterback Logan Tyler would be intercepted on the Eagles ensuing possession as Darrion Hall would secure the takeaway and return it for a touchdown. After a successful two-point conversion, the Spartans lead 18-14 in just a matter of 1:10 seconds.


Riding their momentum, Brevinn Tyler would rush from 18-yards out to give Battle a 24-14 lead at the beginning of the fourth quarter.


Adams field goal in the third quarter would prove to be the difference in the game after Dawson Mills connected with Dustin Clifton for 17-yards and a score that brought the Eagles within two points, 24-22.


The Spartans would need to bleed the remaining 4:18 off of the clock to hold on to the victory. They got help by means of a big 33-yard completion from Tyler to Thorpe on a 3rd and 8 play. After the pass, Tyler would seemingly put the game away with a 50-yard touchdown rush, only to be called back by an illegal procedure penalty.


Nevertheless, the Spartans would be able to run out the final moments of the clock and secure the school’s first ever football State Championship, holding on to defeat Nixa, 24-22.



After an up and down season ended with the ultimate goal, the 2015 season for the Spartans will have to have some exciting moments to compete with this past season. Battle will return Tyler (a rising junior), Thorpe, McQuitty and a host of other offensive stars looking to defend their title.


One thing is for sure, if teams didn’t know who the Battle Spartans were before 2014, they know now.


Offensive stat leaders

Rushing: Nash Sutherlin (2090 yards)

Passing: Brevinn Tyler (1379 yards)

Receiving: Chyrome Thorpe (554 yards)

All-Purpose: Nash Sutherlin (1290 yards)

Touchdowns: Nash Sutherlin (19)

Rush attempts: Nash Sutherlin (280 carries)

Receptions: Chyrome Thorpe (43 catches)


Defensive stat leaders

Interceptions: Kole Hinton (4)

Interception return: Marshall Willingham (111 yards)

Fumbles recovered: Chandler Anderson (4)


Team statistics

Total scoring: 427 points

Opponent scoring: 311

Total offense: 5186 yards

Total rushing yards: 1669 yards

Total passing yards: 3517 yards

Opponent offense: 3153 yards

Opponent rushing yards: 1475 yards

Opponent passing yards: 1678 yards

Turnover differential: +9 (18 interceptions, 11 fumbles)

Cardinals make history, win fifth consecutive State Title

Cameron Mellor (@CamMellor)
February 24, 2015



Winning a State Championship is one thing in high school football. Winning consecutive titles is another.


Matching a feat that had been done only once before by winning five in a row is in another stratosphere.


That’s exactly what Webb City High School did this past season, winning their fifth consecutive State Championship in Missouri’s Class 4. Their 5th straight title matched Valle Catholic as the only team’s in Missouri’s history to win five state titles in a row.


The Cardinals have now won 28 consecutive games dating back to last year and head coach John Roderique now has a combined 222-19 record in 18 years at the helm of Webb City. His 92% winning percentage ranks him as winningest coach in Missouri high school football history by percentage.


Webb City has now qualified for the playoffs in 14 consecutive seasons and under Roderique, the Cardinals have won 10 of the school’s 13 state titles. They have won 18 straight MHSAA playoff games to date.


In 2014, the Cardinals seemed to be a team on a mission to capture the school’s 13th championship, shutting out Missouri Class 5’s Carthage in the season opener, 21-0.


The 21-point victory over the Tigers would remain as the slimmest margin of victory through the entire season as the Cardinals would continually perform well on offense, defense and special teams.


Looking even more impressive in their week two matchup, Webb City traveled to face Class 6 opponent – Rockhurst. Led by quarterback and Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year, T.J. Green, the Hawklets would advance to the Class 6 State Championship game in 2014, despite being handed a loss at the hands of the Cardinals, 40-14, for Rockhurst’s lone blemish of the regular season. The Hawklets would lose the Class 6 State Championship to Christian Brothers College, 31-24, for only their second loss of the season.


The state of Arkansas’ highest classified division sent perennial contender Har-Ber to take on Webb City in a week three matchup. The Cardinals were unfazed by the Arkansas power, dismantling the Wildcats, 42-13.


After defeating Class 5’s Republic, 49-14, Webb City took on its fourth team from a higher class when they hosted Missouri Class 5 Nixa. The Cardinals impressed not only offensively, but defensively, holding the Eagles to just 140 yards and holding them off the scoreboard until the waning stages of the fourth quarter in their 47-7 victory.  


Like Rockhurst, Nixa would advance to their respective State Championship game, but fall short, 25-22 to Battle High School.


Webb City would finish the regular season with victories over Willard (46-15), Neosho (48-0), Ozark (38-7) and Branson (42-5) before entering the MHSAA Playoffs at 9-0.


The Cardinals opened up the postseason with a bang, scoring the most points of the season, a total of 71 in their 71-0 shutout victory over McDonald County. Maquel Harbin and Trent Parra each returned an interception for a touchdown in the first quarter against the Mustangs as defensive points would be a continued trait in the playoffs.


In the second round matchup against Bolivar for Webb City, Harbin would also record a ‘pick-six’, this time in the second quarter of the 56-7 blowout over the Liberators.


Webb City would jump out to a 35-0 lead over Carl Junction before trouncing the Bulldogs, 42-12 to advance to the quarterfinals. Against Harrisonville in the state quarters, Drake Humphrey secured a fumble recovery for a touchdown in the Cardinals 35-0 victory.


In the state semifinals, the Cardinals faced off against the high-powered offense of Kearney. The Wildcats averaged 33.6 points per game in 2014 but were held to a mere seven points in their 38-7 ousting at the hands of Webb City.


With their victory over Kearney in the semifinals, the Cardinals advanced to their 15th state championship game appearance in school history, hunting for their fifth consecutive title.



Equally impressive as that feat, the Cardinals defense had single-handedly outscored their first five opponents of the postseason, 30-26, recording five defensive touchdowns in the five games, including three against McDonald County.


In the Missouri Class 4 State Championship ‘Show Me Bowl,’ Webb City would square off against Central High School from Cape Girardeau. The Tigers would be playing in the school’s first ever state championship appearance.


It however, wouldn’t look like their first ever appearance on the big stage in the first quarter as Central jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Quarterback Peyton Montgomery rushed for two quick scores as Webb City couldn’t muster a sustained drive in the opening 12 minutes.


That all would change however as the Cardinals, led by their own quarterback Tyson Roderique, would score four quick times in the second quarter en route to a 27-14 halftime lead.

Roderique punched in two short touchdown rushes of his own before running back Keaton Burroughs scored from 1-yard out with 0:35 seconds remaining, to give Webb City a 21-14 lead.


With just 0:18 seconds remaining Central's Montgomery would be intercepted by Harbin as he tried to force a pass. Roderique would hit all-around athlete Kiante Hardin for 30 yards on the very next play to seemingly steal the remaining momentum and take a two-possession lead into the break.


The Tigers would get no closer than that in the second half, allowing Hardin to rush for a score from 15 yards out. Central would score one last time on a 38-yard pass from Montgomery to Jalen Reddin before Webb City would add two insurance touchdowns in the fourth quarter.


The 48-21 final would cap a perfect season for the Cardinals and their fifth consecutive state title.



The Cardinals, despite losing several seniors from 2014, including Hardin who will attend Minnesota next fall to play for former Webb City head coach Jerry Kill, will return their quarterback in Roderique. With a returning signal-caller and the state's all time winningest head coach in terms of percentage, there is no doubt the Cardinals will be ready when the fall season starts. 


Webb City will look to become the first ever team in Missouri high school football history to win six consecutive state titles as they will enter the 2015 fall season as arguably the state’s No. 1 team.


Offensive stat leaders

Rushing: Tyler Davison (1247 yards)

Passing: Tyson Roderique (1110 yards)

Receiving: Kiante Hardin (678 yards)

All-Purpose: Kiante Hardin (1290 yards)

Touchdowns: Keaton Burroughs (20)

Rush attempts: Tyler Davison (150 carries)

Receptions: Kiante Hardin (33 catches)


Defensive stat leaders

Total tackles: Kolesen Crane (54)

Tackles for loss: Kolesen Crane (12.5)

Sacks: Austin Carter (5)

Interceptions: Maquel Harbin (6)

Pass break ups: Kiante Hardin (13)

Fumbles forced: Drake Humphrey (3)

Fumbles recovered: Tyson Roderique (4)


Team statistics

Total scoring: 663 points

Opponent scoring: 122

Total offense: 5868 yards

Total rushing yards: 4663 yards

Total passing yards: 1205 yards

Opponent offense: 2559 yards

Opponent rushing yards: 1443 yards

Opponent passing yards: 1116 yards

Third down conversions: 49.7% (71/143)

Opponent third down conversions: 24.9% (45/181)

Turnover differential: +19 (19 interceptions, 18 fumbles)

Eagles win 13 straight, defeat New London-Spicer to win title

Cameron Mellor (@CamMellor)
February 18, 2015



For the second time in five seasons, Lourdes High School football team was crowned champions of Minnesota’s Class AAA. The 2014 campaign echoed the Eagles’ 2010 season as both squads finished the season undefeated and looked impressive in doing so.


In 2014, Lourdes fired on all cylinders, starting with their very first game against Lewiston-Altura. In the game against the Cardinals, Lourdes scored in three different ways in the first half alone, including returning a fumble for a touchdown early in the first quarter. The Eagles had six different players score in the 46-14 rout of Lewiston-Altura.


In week two, Lourdes again looked impressive, building a 51-7 lead in the third quarter, before ultimately defeating La Crescent, 51-20 to improve to 2-0.


Against a higher classified Kasson-Mantorville squad, Lourdes may have looked their most impressive, building a 35-0 lead heading in to the fourth quarter. The Eagles defeated the Komets, 35-13 behind three touchdown passes from quarterback Noah Hillman and two rushing touchdowns by running back Zach Hillman.


Running back Mason Carstens had himself an impressive game in week four against Cannon Falls, rushing just seven times for 112 yards and three scores. Lourdes defense also played a major role in the 39-0 defeat of the Bombers.


Lourdes continued imposing their will, all the way to the end of the regular season, defeating Plainview-Elgin-Millville, 37-7, defeating Stewartville, 32-14, Lake City, 36-7 and Byron, 49-12.


They opened their 2014 playoff run against Lake City, whom they had just defeated, two weeks earlier.


In their first matchup, Lourdes scored 15 points in a matter of five minutes to open the game, and didn’t look back. In their second meeting, the Eagles didn’t quite score as fast, but did build a 21-0 lead in the first half before shutting out the Tigers, 42-0, to advance.


Carstens and Zach Hillman each ran for over 100 yards as the Eagles had five different players record a touchdown against Lake City.


In round two of the playoffs, another rematch presented itself to the Eagles, as Plainview-Elgin-Millville would come to Rochester. The Bulldogs were limited to just 145 total yards in the first meeting, and while they may have gained 343 yards in their postseason matchup, Lourdes built a 39-0 lead heading into the fourth quarter.


Plainview-Elgin-Millville gained the majority of their yards in the fourth quarter, after the game was in hand for the Eagles, as they defeated the Bulldogs, 39-14.


In their state quarterfinals matchup, Lourdes would be pitted against defending champion St. Croix Lutheran, in what would be their toughest game to date.


The Eagles didn’t let the hype of the defending champions or an early 14-6 deficit get in their way however, answering with 22 unanswered points before taking a 23-21 lead into halftime.


After increasing their lead to 30-21 in the third quarter, St. Croix Lutheran closed the gap with a score on the first play of the fourth quarter, inching to within two points, down 30-28. That would be the closest they would get however as Lourdes shut the door with their next drive.


Carstens punched in a 6-yard touchdown run to increase the Eagles lead back to two possessions. Nick Steinmetz would intercept a Joshua Tietz pass on the Crusaders ensuing possession, returning it for a touchdown that sealed the victory, 43-28.


Advancing to the state semifinals for the third season in a row, Lourdes would have to get by the undefeated Pierz Pioneers if they wanted to advance to the state championship game.


The Eagles did just that. And they did it in nearly the most dramatic fashion you could think of.


In a true back-and-forth game, Lourdes and Pierz traded scores in the first three quarters before ending the fourth, tied at 17 points apiece.


Pierz received the ball first in overtime, scoring on a 1-yard Robert Skiba rush to give the Pioneers a 24-17 lead. On the ensuing possession for Lourdes, it took just three plays for Zach Hillman to punch the ball in from two yards out, and give Lourdes the chance to tie the game with an extra point, or risk it all and go for the two-point conversion to win.


A true win or lose moment would come to fruition as head coach Mike Kesler decided to go for the two-point attempt, and the win.


The call was an option run up the middle. Running back Carter Greguson took the handoff up the middle only to be stuffed by the Pierz defense. It was at this point that the improbable took place. Greguson pitched the ball backwards to the very man who had just given him the ball, QB Noah Hillman.


Hillman, seemingly out of the play and left alone in the backfield, had a slight opening two and a half yards away from the end zone that he pushed through, into the end zone for the most important two points of his career.



The Eagles successful two-point conversion, though maybe not how it was drawn up, would be enough to defeat the Pioneers, 25-24 and advance to the state championship for the second time in three years, and third time in five.


The opponent would be a familiar one even though nearly 200 miles separated them. New London-Spicer would be that foe. A foe that had defeated Lourdes a season ago in the state semifinals. A foe who also defeated their previous opponent by one point. The same team that lost in the state championship game to St. Croix Lutheran last season.


Much like their meeting in 2013, the Eagles and Wildcats would alternate scores in the first two quarters and head to halftime with a seven point difference in points. Only difference in 2014 was that it was Lourdes who took a 21-14 lead as opposed to the Wildcats 20-13 advantage a season ago.


Unlike their game in 2013 however, the second half would be all Eagles, scoring once in each of the final two quarters, while holding New London-Spicer off the scoreboard completely. Greguson’s 10-yard touchdown run with 3:08 all but ended the game as it gave Lourdes a 35-14 advantage and would be the final points of the Minnesota Class AAA season.


The Eagles outlasted and exacted revenge against the Wildcats in 2014 to be crowned State Champions. The title is Lourdes third in school history and first since the 2010 squad finished the season 14-0.


Lourdes defeated New London-Spicer to become the 2014 Minnesota Class AAA State Champions (Photo from


Despite the graduations of several players including running back Zach Hillman, the 2015 team will return quarterback Noah Hillman and running back/middle linebacker Greguson for what could be a return to the state championship this fall. After an undefeated season, exacting revenge on the team who knocked you out of the playoffs a season prior and defeating the defending champs, Lourdes will look to build on their successful 2014 campaign.


The 2014 Lourdes team completed one of the more impressive seasons across not only the state of Minnesota, but across the entire country as very few can say they accomplished the things the Eagles did.


Offensive stat leaders

Rushing: Zach Hillman (1193 yards)

Passing: Noah Hillman (904 yards)

Receiving: James Ustby (313 yards)

All-Purpose: Zach Hillman (1680 yards)

Touchdowns: Zach Hillman (18)

Rush attempts: Zach Hillman (154 carries)

Receptions: James Ustby (10 catches)


Defensive stat leaders

Interceptions: Nick Steinmetz (4)

Fumbles forced: Steven O’Brien (2)

Fumbles recovered: Zach Hillman (3)


Team statistics

Total scoring: 509 points

Opponent scoring: 167

Total offense: 4756 yards

Total rushing yards: 3827 yards

Total passing yards: 929 yards

Opponent offense: 3006 yards

Opponent rushing yards: 1816 yards

Opponent passing yards: 1190 yards

Third down conversions: 41.8% (51/122)

Opponent third down conversions: 33.7% (59/175)

Turnover differential: +13 (16 interceptions, 10 fumbles)

Falcons end Ithaca's 69-game win streak, win state title

Cameron Mellor (@CamMellor)
February 16, 2015



The Falcons of St. Mary Catholic Central High School ran their way to the Michigan Class 6 State Championship in 2014. Behind the legs of Justin Carrabino, John Lako and Mitchell Lamour, the Falcons finished the year 13-1 and defeated Ithaca, 22-12 to claim the title.


The Falcons defeat of the Yellow Jackets crowned SMCC as the top team in Michigan’s Class 6 and earned the school its second State Championship in its history. The victory over Ithaca also saw the Yellow Jackets four-year reign as Class 6 Champions ended. Ithaca had won the last four State Championship in Michigan’s Class 6.


To get to the championship, St. Mary Catholic Central seemed nearly unbeatable in the opening stages of 2014.


To kick the season off, the Falcons dismantled Tecumseh, 35-13 by rushing for 438 yards and three rushing scores. Quarterback Bryce Windham threw for two touchdowns on just three completions in the game, setting the tone early as SMCC jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead before cruising to the victory.

St. Mary Catholic Central hosted two more games to start the season, blowing out Flat Rock, 42-0 before defeating Huron, 40-7. The Falcons ran for a combined 567 yards in those two victories as Lako, Lamour and Carrabino ran for a combined nine touchdowns in the two games.


Hitting the road for the first time, SMCC scored a touchdown in each quarter against Grosse Ile, defeating Red Devils, 28-0. The Falcons then traveled to take on Airport, defeating the Jets, 28-7 behind 348 rushing yards.


Their defense would shut out their next two opponents, a 43-0 defeat of Milan, followed by a 33-0 victory over Riverview Community. Continuing the impressive start to the season, the Falcons easily improved their record to 8-0 with a 47-7 undoing of Jefferson in which Lako ran for 127 yards and three touchdowns. Windham also completed 3-of-3 pass attempts for 114 yards and three touchdowns.


However, all momentum was stopped the next week as SMCC traveled to Lansing to take on Lansing Catholic. Despite taking an 8-7 lead into the second quarter, Lansing scored on the first play from scrimmage in the 2nd before scoring again before halftime to push their lead to 21-8 at the break.


On the last play of the third quarter, St. Mary Catholic Central’s Windham would hit David Howey for 46 yards and a touchdown to cut the lead to 21-15.


The Cougars conversely took the ensuing kickoff back for a touchdown to swing momentum back in their favor. They would hold on to defeat the Falcons, 27-22 to knock SMCC from the ranks of the unbeaten heading in to the playoffs.


The loss to Lansing Catholic spelled doom for Grass Lake, who happened to be St. Mary Catholic Central’s opening round opponent.


The Falcons torched the Warriors for 42 points in the first quarter alone before ultimately defeating Grass Lake, 62-8. SMCC forced three turnovers and gained 351 total yards to Grass Lake’s 95.


In the second round, the Falcons took care of business against Clinton, knocking off the Redskins, 50-15. Carrabino and Lamour each ran for over 100 yards and three touchdowns to spark the route.


In the regional final against Lumen Christi, the Falcons would ultimately advance after a failed extra point attempt by Titans kicker Will Davis. In a back and forth affair, SMCC and Lumen Christi alternated scores, almost identically. After the Falcons scored in the first and missed their point after, the Titans answered with a touchdown of their own, only to have their extra point blocked.


They would alternate similar scores through the first three quarters as they headed in to the final quarter, tied at 20. The Titans’ Hunter Page would run in his fourth touchdown of the game in the early stages of the fourth quarter to give Lumen Christi a 26-20 lead after Davis’ PAT was no good.


The Falcons would calmly drive down the field and answer with a touchdown themselves. On this score, the game-deciding extra point kick was punched through the uprights by Phillip Lehmann to give SMCC a 27-26 victory. The Titans would turn the ball over on their two ensuing possessions as the final interception would end the game for Lumen Christi.


Following their close victory against the Titans, St. Mary Catholic Central would then take on North Pointe Christian. The Mustangs would be no match in the state semifinals for the Falcons as SMCC scored a touchdown in each quarter again, defeating NPC, 28-0 to advance to the state championship.


The Falcons advanced to the school’s ninth ever appearance in the state title. Ithaca would await SMCC as the Yellow Jackets were four-time defending Class 6 State Champions. Ithaca were winners of 69 consecutive games dating back to September 27, 2010.  


All of that aside, the Falcons, much like all season, calmly headed in to Ford Field on November 28 with level heads and a mission to complete.


Looking much like a team destined to overthrow the long-tenured champs, the Falcons took the opening possession of the game 17-play drive that spanned 8:15 minutes. Lako capped the impressive drive with a touchdown rush from two yards out and an early 8-0 lead after a successful two-point conversion.


The teams would then sputter offensively as Ithaca was forced to punt and the Falcons would squander away possession on a Lako fumble.


The Yellow Jackets would score early in the second quarter but unsuccessfully attempt a two-point conversion, pushing the score to 8-6 early in the second.


After their ensuing drive stalled, the Falcons were forced to punt. Jake Smith received the punt for Ithaca, but would fumble during his return. That fumble was picked up by SMCC’s Travis Vuich and returned for a touchdown and a momentum-shifting 15-6 lead.


However, Ithaca would answer as Smith atoned for his earlier turnover, rushing the ball in from two yards out. A missed extra point gave the Falcons a 15-12 lead at halftime.


The third quarter would pass by scoreless and the final quarter of Class 6 football would decide the championship. After a 14-play drive ended with a sack and a punt for the Falcons, Ithaca took over possession from their own 20 and 2:46 left on the clock, down 15-12.


After being sacked on second down and tossing an incompletion on third, Smith’s 4th and 22 pass was intercepted by Darius Marks and returned to the Yellow Jackets five yard line.


Lako would put the game-sealing score on the board for the Falcons just one play later, punching the ball in from the three-yard line. After forcing a turnover on downs on the Yellow Jackets next possession, the final score of 22-12 would be enough to dethrone Ithaca and give the Falcons their first State Championship since 1991.


Lako finished with two scores on the ground while also leading the team with his 5.5 tackles and one sack.


The Falcons finished the season on the highest of notes, and became the first team to defeat the Yellow Jackets in over four years. 



Head Coach Jack Giarmo announced after the season that he would not be returning to SMCC in 2015 as head coach, as he would retire from coaching as a champion. He retires with a 145-54 all-time record as coach of the Falcons. Giarmo had served as head coach since 1998. 


Of the backfield trio, only Carrabino will return in 2015 for the Falcons as St. Mary Catholic Central will also lose Windham to graduation. For now however, SMCC can relish in the fact that they were the team that toppled Ithaca for the first time since 2010.


That’s something to be proud of.


Oh, and that State Championship that comes with that.


Offensive stat leaders

Rushing: Justin Carrabino (1404 yards)

Passing: Bryce Windham (936 yards)

Receiving: Travis Vuich (543 yards)

All-Purpose: Justin Carrabino (1964 yards)

Touchdowns: Justin Carrabino (21)

Rush attempts: Justin Carrabino (210 carries)

Receptions: Travis Vuich (28 catches)


Defensive stat leaders

Total tackles: Troy Hilkens (56)

Sacks: John Lako (5.5)

Tackles for loss: John Lako (11)

Pass break ups: Bryce Windham (16)

Interceptions: Bryce Windham (8)


Team statistics

Total scoring: 507 points

Opponent scoring: 122

Total offense: 4838 yards

Total rushing yards: 3902 yards

Total passing yards: 936 yards

Opponent offense: 2657 yards

Opponent rushing yards: 1684 yards

Opponent passing yards: 973 yards

Third down conversions: 52.8% (75/142)

Opponent third down conversions: 27.0% (41/152)

Turnover differential: +14 (18 interceptions, 9 fumbles)

Sailors win 12 straight, capture second title in three years 

Cameron Mellor (@CamMellor)
February 13, 2015



After a rocky start to their 2014 campaign, the South Christian High School football team righted their ship last fall. Pun intended, as the Sailors rattled off 12 straight victories en route to the 2014 Michigan Class 4 State Championship.


The Sailors defeated Sexton High School in dramatic fashion, 28-27, to capture their second title in three seasons.



Starting off their season on a sour note seems to be becoming a thing of normalcy for South Christian. In the last three seasons, they have dropped one or more of their first two games. However, those losses may be catalysts to a successful season as each of the past three years, the Sailors have made it to the State Championship game at Ford Field in Detroit.


However, unlike the previous two seasons in which they lost only one of their first two games, the Sailors dropped their opening two contests, the first, a hard fought game to Grand Rapids Christian, 28-14. The second game, they were dealt an even bigger blow in a disappointing game 47-21 loss to Caledonia, in which wide receiver Eric VanVoorst went down with a broken ankle.


VanVoorst broke his ankle on a simple screen pass in the second game of his senior season. During his junior campaign, he and fellow senior, quarterback Jon Wassink created a remarkable duo, as Wassink connected on nearly 40 percent of his passes to VanVoorst.


VanVoorst caught 84 balls for 1,094 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior.


The loss of VanVoorst and the consecutive losses in their first two games seemed to spark the Sailors in 2014 however.


After an exciting overtime victory over Unity Christian, 33-30, South Christian put on several impressive displays in wins against Forest Hills Eastern (34-14), Catholic Central (41-14), Ottawa Hills (51-0) and Hastings (48-24).


The Sailors fell behind early against Thornapple Kellogg after their opening kickoff was returned for a touchdown. After that, the two teams played an evenly matched back-and-forth game that wasn’t decided until running back Geff Plasman put the icing on the cake with a 42-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. South Christian won the game against the Trojans by a score of 35-23.


In one of their final two regular season games, the Sailors needed some second half help after nearly giving up a 27-point first half lead against Wayland. Despite getting within nine points, 27-18, South Christian would defeat the Wildcats 54-30. In the regular season finale’, South Christian cruised past Allendale, 35-0 and would hope to ride their momentum into the playoffs.


To start postseason play, the Sailors would again take on Unity Christian. This time, however, no extra period would be needed as Wassink and the Sailors would score 20 unanswered points in the third and fourth quarter to put the game away, 58-34.


Wassink ran for a season- and career-high 298 rushing yards against the Crusaders while scoring five touchdowns on the ground and throwing two more.  


He would continue his impressive running game in South Christian’s second round playoff game against Whitehall. Wassink ran for 176 yards and two touchdowns as the Sailors built a 35-0 lead before ultimately defeating the Vikings, 49-14.


In the state semifinals matchup against Edwardsburg, the Sailors were given a boost as VanVoorst would return from his broken ankle.


In most cases, a player returning from such a horrific incident may shy away from the ball or the head coach may shy away from giving him the ball. Not in the Sailors case however as the first play from scrimmage for South Christian was a pass to VanVoorst who caught it and gained seven yards.


Wassink would then lead the Sailors to another 35-point first half, however, unlike their easy victory a week prior, he would need to put more points than that to hold on to the victory against the Eddies.


After Edwardsburg closed the gap to 42-34, Wassink calmly led his team down field, connecting on passes to Plasman and VanVoorst before rushing the ball two times and the eventual game-winning score. That’s not to say there wasn’t some suspense in the waning moments of this game however.


Eddies running back Dante Razzano scored on a 60-yard rush to cut the deficit to 50-42 before the ensuing kickoff would be fumbled and recovered by Edwardsburg. Dustin Vires would score on a 38-yard rush just two plays later to further cut the South Christian lead to 50-48.


That is as close as Edwardsburg would get however, as the Sailor defense stopped the two-point conversion attempt and Wassink would run the clock out for South Christian on their next possession. In his return, VanVoorst recorded six receptions for 100 yards and two touchdowns.


The State Championship game would prove to be nearly as exciting for the Sailors as they were pitted against the Sexton Big Reds. The two evenly matched teams traded blows in the first half and went to halftime with South Christian leading, 20-14.


Wassink would break the game open with a 68-yard touchdown run on the opening play of the third quarter to give his team a 28-14 lead, following a successful two-point conversion.


Gavin Hoskins scored in the final moments of the third quarter for Sexton and quarterback Malik Mack would toss a touchdown pass just a minute into the fourth quarter to cut the score to 28-27.


The Big Reds however would miss their extra point on Mack’s touchdown pass, giving the Sailors a 28-27 lead and the ball with 10:43 left in the game.


Wassink would chew up over five minutes on their ensuing possession before punting the ball himself and pinning the Big Reds back on their own 26 yard line. Mack would fumble just four plays later and Wassink would take another 1:30 off the clock before punting again.


This time, however, Wassink’s punt would pin Sexton at their own seven yard line with 3:48 left.


Despite driving the ball nearly to midfield over the next nine plays, time would run out on Sexton’s chances and their season, giving South Christian and their class of 21 seniors the 2014 Michigan Class 4 State Championship, 28-27.



Wassink would finally hold on to his first State Championship trophy after coming close a year prior and being injured during the Sailors title game in 2012. The Western Michigan signee finished his career with 8,072 yards and 76 touchdowns through the air while rushing for 3,241 yards and another 50 scores on the ground.


Head Coach Mark Tamminga will have to replace Wassink along with 20 other seniors on a team that has reached the state championship game in three consecutive years. But that’s next fall.


For now, the Sailors are 2014 Michigan Class 4 State Champs.


Offensive stat leaders

Rushing: Jon Wassink (1347 yards)

Passing: Jon Wassink (2489 yards)

Receiving: Ryan Veenstra (701 yards)

All-Purpose: Geff Plasman (1984 yards)

Touchdowns: Geff Plasman (25)

Rush attempts: Geff Plasman (216 carries)

Receptions: Ryan Veenstra (48 catches)


Defensive stat leaders

Total tackles: Sam Heyboer (87)

Sacks: Sam Heyboer (11)

Tackles for loss: Sam Heyboer (22.5)

Interceptions: Jon Wassink (6)


Team statistics

Total scoring: 551 points

Opponent scoring: 333

Total offense: 5559 yards

Total rushing yards: 2962 yards

Total passing yards: 2597 yards

Opponent offense: 4132 yards

Opponent rushing yards: 2690 yards

Opponent passing yards: 1442 yards

Third down conversions: 44.1% (56/127)

Opponent third down conversions: 31.3% (50/160)

Turnover differential: +7 (13 interceptions, 18 fumbles)

Stags win school's fifth Championship, finish 13-0

Cameron Mellor (@CamMellor)
February 11, 2015



In 2014, it seemingly didn’t matter who Bishop Miege High School squared off against on the gridiron. The Stags won all but one game a year ago by double digits en route to the Kansas 4A State Championship and a perfect 13-0 record.


Bishop Miege took to the road in their first game of the season. After traveling to Blue Valley Northwest to open the season and defeating the Huskies, 51-36, the Stags would return for their home opener against Gardner Edgerton.


After defeating the Trailblazers, 29-0, Bishop Miege would host Blue Valley in arguably one of the more anticipated games when the 2014 season was announced. The 5A Tigers were coming off a dramatic 2013 season in which they rallied late in the year to capture the 2013 Kansas 5A Championship.


A game between two perennial contenders early in the season was dominated by Bishop Miege and their quarterback Ryan Willis, who tossed four first half touchdowns as the Stags built a 42-7 halftime lead.


Bishop Miege defeated Blue Valley, 42-21 behind Willis’ four touchdowns and 284 yards through the air. Running back Dawson Downing ran for 96 yards and two touchdowns in the rout.


After their victory over the defending 5A champs, the 2014 season expectations skyrocketed. The Stags would handle perpetual title contender, and eventual Class 5A runner-up St. Thomas Aquinas by a score of 37-20 before allowing a mere 47 points in their final five games of the regular season.


Included in their season ending tear, Bishop Miege defeated Blue Valley West (35-7), Blue Valley Southwest (53-14), Louisburg (41-14), Sumner Academy (51-12) and shut out Spring Hill, 51-0.


The run didn’t falter at all to start the playoffs as the Stags continued their impressive play with back-to-back shut out victories in their first two postseason games. After cruising past Basehor-Linwood, 63-0 in a game that saw seven different Stags’ score a touchdown, Bishop Miege defeated Fort Scott, 47-0, gaining 587 total yards on offense.


The Stags then played Piper in the 4A Kansas Sub-State Championship game and the rite to move on to the State Finals. The Pirates had allowed a grand total of 113 points in their previous 11 games before meeting Bishop Miege.


However, Downing and the Stag offense would prove to be too much to handle for the Pirates. The junior running back ran for four first half touchdowns and Willis would add two passing touchdowns in the first quarter as Bishop Miege cruised past Piper, 62-7.


The Stags were Kansas 4A Sub-State Champions and would take on Hayden, who were playing in their first state title game since winning the 2008 4A Championship.


In true championship form, Bishop Miege shook off a rusty first quarter in which they were shut out and answered with 21 points in the second before heading to halftime up, 21-14. The teams would battle it out in the early stages of the third, exchanging touchdown drives before it was tied at 28 points with 2:54 left.


Downing would break the tie with just 0:39 remaining in the third quarter to give the Stags a seven point advantage heading in to the final quarter. After forcing a quick three and out after missing a field goal of their own to start the quarter, Bishop Miege’s second possession of the final frame would be the ultimate deciding factor.


Willis would hit Nolan Gray for 17 yards and a touchdown with 7:55 left, giving the Stags a 42-28 lead.


On the ensuing possession, Vincent Stephenson would intercept a Hayden pas that would kill the Wildcats drive. Despite not being able to muster much offensively on their next drive, the Stags did eat up over a minute on the clock and force Hayden to use their timeouts.


Jacob Head would hit Mason Dodd for nine yards and a touchdown on the subsequent possession with 0:41 seconds remaining to cut the lead to 42-35 for the Stags.


However, after the onside kick was recovered by Bishop Miege and one Willis kneel down later, that 42-35 margin would crown the Stags as champions of Kansas’ 4A Division.



The victory over Hayden marked the first time in school history that Bishop Miege would finish their season undefeated with a State Championship. It also marked the fifth state title in school history.


The Stags leader, Willis, signed his letter of intent to play for the University of Kansas just last week on National Signing Day.


Bishop Miege will look to continue their success from 2014 but will have some big shoes to fill as their 6-foot-4 signal-caller is now a Jayhawk. Nevertheless, coach Holmes will certainly have his team ready to go in the fall when the season starts and gladly accept the challenges of defending a State Championship.




Offensive stat leaders

Rushing: Dawson Downing (1925 yards)

Passing: Ryan Willis (2983 yards)

Receiving: Jafar Armstrong (1205 yards)

All-Purpose: Dawson Downing (2245 yards)

Touchdowns: Dawson Downing (36)

Rush attempts: Dawson Downing (241 carries)

Receptions: Jafar Armstrong (53 catches)


Defensive stat leaders

Total tackles: Mark Ogren (89)

Sacks: Kaelin Key (7.5)

Tackles for loss: Kaelin Key (15)

Pass break ups: Trevor Thompson (16)

Fumbles forced: Mark Ogren (4)


Team statistics

Total scoring: 595 points

Opponent scoring: 166

Total offense: 6057 yards

Total rushing yards: 2841 yards

Total passing yards: 3216 yards

Opponent offense: 3304 yards

Opponent rushing yards: 1308 yards

Opponent passing yards: 1996 yards

Third down conversions: 43.7% (55/126)

Opponent third down conversions: 22.5% (40/178)

Hundreds of athletes commit to further their athletic careers

Cameron Mellor (@CamMellor)
February 5, 2015



National Signing Day is a day that many wait for years to come. While many athletes commit to play their respecitve sport weeks, months and even years in advance, the first Wednesday of February is a day that many continuously wait for. February 4, 2015 signified the day in which all prespective college football athletes can sign their National Letter of Intent to play for their college or university of choice.


Coaching staff members, fans, families, friends and teammates all anxiously await some of the most sought after recruits biggest decision of their lives - where they will spend the next four years of their lives. 


For the athletes signing, it is a ceremonial culmination to their high school careers as they begin the journey into college athletics. 


As the Letters of Intent have been faxed in and the dust has settled, we here at Digital Scout thought it time to reveal all of our athletes who will be continuing their academic and athletic careers at the next level and playing college football.


We will break down the athletes by the college or university they signed.


Air Force Academy

WR - Jake Matkovich, 6'5, 175, Marquette University High School (WI)

TE - RJ Jackson, 6'4, 215 Beloit High School (KS)

OL - Nicholas Maxey, 6'0, 240, Pinnacle High School (AZ)

OL - Mitch Williams, 6'4, 275 Bentonville High School (AR)

DB - Ronald Cleveland, 5'9, 165Battle Ground Academy (TN)

ATH - Eric Carrera, 6'0, 190, Christian Brothers College Prep (MO)


Akron University

RB - Vince Lockett, 5'11, 200, St. Vincent St. Mary High School (OH)


University of Alabama

OG - Brandon Kennedy, 6'2, 290, Wetumpka High School (AL)

OG - Lester Cotton, 6'4, 321, Central (Tuscaloosa) High School (AL)


Appalachian State University

TE - Collin Reed, 6'3, 230, Boiling Springs High School (SC)

DE - Devin Papenheim, 6'6, 220, South Sumter High School (FL)


Arizona State University

DT - Joseph Wicker, 6'2, 200, Long Beach Polytechnic High School (CA) 

CB - Kareem Orr, 6'0, 185, Notre Dame School (TN)


Arkansas State University

QB - DJ Pearson, 6'3, 195, Northview High School (GA), stats from 2013 season*

RB - Jamal Jones, 5'9, 170, Trezevant High School (TN)

OL - Dalton Ford, 6'4, 195, Webb City High School (MO)

DT - Javier Carbonell, 6'2, 285, Bentonville High School (AR)


University of Arkansas

LB - Tyler Phillips, 6'1, 206, North Little Rock High School (AR)

DB - Byron Keaton, 5'9, 170, Camden Fairview High School (AR)


Army (United State Military Academy - West Point)

QB - Troy Smith, 6'0, 185, Harker Heights High School (TX)

RB - Calen Taylor, 5'7, 160, Christian Brothers College Prep (MO)

DE - Nathan Rodriguez, 6'3, 245, Westerville Central High School (OH)

LB - Harrison Rooney, 6'1, 215, Bentonville High School (AR)

LB - Marco Carrabotto, 6'1, 215, Thomas Dale High School (VA)

DB - D'Angelo Amos, 6'1, 175, Meadowbrook High School (VA)

DB - Jaylon McClinton, 5'9, 180, Charlotte Christian School (NC)

DB - Tank Scott, 6'0, 185, Highland Springs High School (VA)


Auburn University

OL - Tyler Carr, 6'5, 320, Southside (Gadsden) High School (AL)


Ball State University

QB - Riley Neal, 6'5, 200, Yorktown High School (IN)

WR - Clayton Cook, 6'2, 185, Wawasee High School (IN)

OL - Zak Ricketts, 6'5, 290, Bremen High School (IN)

OL - Andrew Poenitsch, 6'4, 285, Hamilton High School (WI)


Boise State University

RB - Raymond Sheard, 6'1, 180, Arlington High School (TX)


Boston College

ATH - William Harris, 6'1, 210, Choate Rosemary Hall High School (CT)

DE - Zach Allen, 6'5, 240, New Canaan High School (CT)


Bowling Green University

DE - Terrance Rudolph, 6'0. 285, Dublin Coffman High School (OH)

LB - Matthew Finkler, 6'3, 235, Kirtland High School (OH)

OL - J.C. Bartok, 6'5, 260, Worthington Kilbourne High School (OH)


Brigham Young University

QB - Kody Wilstead, 6'6, 215, Pine View High School (UT)

QB - Koy Detmer Jr., 5'10, 165, Somerset High School (TX), walk-on*

RB - Riley Burt, 6'2, 185, Box Elder High School (UT)

WR - Akile Davis, 6'1, 186, DeSoto High School (TX), stats from 2013 season*

LB - Jeremiah Ieremia, 6'0, 230, Hurrican High School (UT)


University of California Berkeley

ATH - Billy McCrary III, 5'11, 195, Rouse High School (TX)


Central Michigan University

QB - Jon Wassink, 6'1, 180, South Christian High School (MI)


University of North Carolina at Charlotte

WR - Alex Barrow, 5'11, 170, Butler High School (NC)

WR - Nate Mullen, 5'8, 170, Hickory Ridge High School (NC)


University of Cincinnati

DE - Marquise Copeland, 6'3, 230, Bedford High School (OH)

DT - Norman Oglesby, 6'0, 265, Ben Davis High School (IN)

DT - Garret Jansen, 6'1, 250, Pella High School (IA)

LB - Matthew Draper, 6'0, 195, Brush High School (OH) 

DB - Malik Clements, 6'0, 180, George Washington High School (VA)


Clemson University

OL - Noah Green, 6'4, 285, Boiling Springs High School (SC)

QB - Kelly Bryant, 6'4, 205, Wren High School (SC)


University of Colorado Boulder

DT - Boogie Sewell, 6'0, 295, Desert Hills High School (UT)

DT - Lyle Tuiloma, 6'2, 285, Nanakuli High School (HI)


Colorado State University

RB - Chukwuma Obinnah, 6'0, 210, Grandview High School (CO)


University of Connecticut

TE - Chris Lee, 6'7, 255, Severna Park High School (MD)

DT - Felton Blackwell, 6'2, 325, Cedar Creek High School (NJ)

K - Michael Tarbutt, 6'0, 180, Canisius High School (NY)


Eastern Michigan University

DT - Branden Johnson, 6'3, 295, Dixie Heights High School (KY)

RB - Breck Turner, 6'0, 195, Norwalk High School (OH)


University of Florida

OL - Brandon Sandifer, 6'3, 330, Northside High School (GA)


Florida International University

WR - Austin Maloney, 5'11, 175, Columbus High School (FL)


Florida State University

RB - Jacques Patrick, 6'1, 225, Timber Creek High School (FL)

DT - Darvin Taylor II, 6'2, 310, Thomas Dale High School (VA)


University of Georgia

DE - Chauncey Rivers, 6'2, 250, Stephenson High School (GA)


Georgia State University

DE - Drew Harris, 6'5, 235, Stephenson High School (GA)

WR - Tyler Taylor, 6'3, 180, Stephenson High School (GA)


Georgia Institute of Technology

RB - Nathan Cottrell, 5'10, 185, Knoxville West High School (TN)


University of Houston

OL - William Noble, 6'4, 280, Rouse High School (TX)

OL - Bryce Wilds, 6'6, 310, Brazosport High School (TX)

DE - Tyrell Thompson, 6'3, 255, Copperas Cove High School (TX)


Indiana University Bloomington

QB - Austin King, 6'2, 190, Alpharetta High School (GA)

OL - Hunter Littlejohn, 6'3, 285, Olentangy Liberty High School (OH)


University of Iowa

QB - Ryan Boyle, 6'1, 215, Dowling Catholic High School (IA)

WR - Colten Rastetter, 6'2, 205, Clayton Ridge High School (IA)

DT - Garret Jansen, 6'1, 250, Pella High School (IA)

ATH - Nick Wilson, 6'2, 205, Dowling Catholic High School (IA)

ATH - Jack Hockaday, 6'1, 205, Maroa-Forsyth High School (IL)


Iowa State University

WR - Carson Epps, 6'2, 190, Jenks High School (OK)

LB - Marcel Spears, 6'2, 205, Olathe North High School (KS)


University of Kansas

QB - Ryan Willis, 6'4, 200, Bishop Miege High School (KS)

TE - Josh Moore, 6'5, 250, Olathe North High School (KS)

OL - Hunter Saulsbury, 6'4, 280, Blue Valley West High School (KS)

OL - John Chamberlin, 6'3, 290, Christian Brothers College Prep (MO)


Kansas State University

RB - Tyler Burns,  5'11, 200, Trinity Academy (KS)

WR - Isaiah Zuber, 6'0, 170, Stephenson High School (GA)

TE - Blaise Gammon, 6'8, 235, Blue Valley West High School (KS)

OL - Evan Applegate, 6'6, 270, Mill Valley High School (KS)

DE - Kyle Ball, 6'2, 230, Shawnee Mission East High School (KS)

DT - Bryce English, 5'11, 330, DeSoto High School (TX), stats from 2013 season*

K - Nicholas McLellan, 6'2, 170, Dowling Catholic High School (IA)


Louisiana Tech University

LB - Collin Scott, 6'0, 200, Manvel High School (TX)


University of Louisville

WR - Jaylen Smith, 6'1, 200, Pascagoula High School (MS)


Louisiana State University

TE - Bry'Kiethon Mouton,  6'2, 230, Acadiana High School (LA)


University of Maryland

OL - Will McClain, 6'5, 295, Middletown High School (MD)


University of Memphis

OL - Keenen Davis, 6'4, 295, Horn Lake High School (MS)

OL - Drew Kyser, 6'4, 300, Opelika High School (AL)

DT - Jared Gentry, 6'2, 320, Opelika High School (AL)

DB - Kameron Prewitt, 5'11, 171, Clay-Chalkville High School (AL)


University of Miami

WR - Terrell Chatman, 6'4, 185, Central (Baton Rouge) High School (LA)

DB - Michael Jackson, 6'1, 192, Spain Park High School (AL)


Miami University

OL - Sam McCollum, 6'3, 270, Dublin Coffman High School (OH)

DT - Jack Schroer, 6'5, 245, New Albany High School (OH)


University of Michigan

RB - Caleb Richard, 5'11, 190, H H Dow High School (MI)

DE - Tyrone Wheatley Jr., 6'6, 260, Canisius High School (NY)

DB - Tyree Kinnel,  6'0, 205, Wayne High School (OH), stats from 2013 season*


Michigan State University

QB - Brian Lewerke, 6'2, 194, Pinnacle High School (AZ), stats from 2013 season*

WR - Felton Davis, 6'4, 170, Highland Springs High School (VA)

DE - Justice Alexander, 6'4, 230, Nordonia High School (OH)

DE - Mufi Hunt, 6'6, 215, Taylorsville High School (UT)


Middle Tennessee State University

ATH - Terrelle West, 5'9, 185, Clay-Chalkville High School (AL)


University of Minnesota

RB - James Johannesson, 6'1, 215, Fargo South High School (ND)

OL - Nick Connelly, 6'7, 277, Red Wing High School (MN)

LB - Colton Beebe, 6'2, 250, Piper High School (KS)

LB - Jaylen Waters, 6'1, 230, Copperas Cove High School (TX)

ATH - KiAnte Hardin, 5'10, 185, Webb City High School (MO)


University of Mississippi

OL - Alex Givens, 6'6, 275, Nashville Christian School (TN)


Mississippi State University

DE - Kendall Jones, 6'4, 250, Clay-Chalkville High School (AL)

DE - Keith Joseph Jr.,  6'3, 220, Pascagoula High School (MS)

DB - Maurice Smitherman, 5'9, 175, Minor High School (AL), stats from 2013 season*

ATH - Cam Myers, 6'2, 185, Oak Grove High School (MS)


University of Missouri

QB - Drew Lock, 6'3, 205, Lee's Summit High School (MO)

RB - Marquise Doherty, 6'0, 195, Winnetonka High School (MO)

RB - Ryan Williams, 5'10, 180, Lee's Summit West High School (MO)

OL - AJ Harris, 6'2, 300, Blue Valley High School (KS)

OL - Tanner Owen, 6'6, 265, Keaney High School (MO)

K - Corey Fatony, 5'11, 185, Franklin High School (TN)


Northern Illinois University

DE - Quintin Wynne, 6'2, 210, Christian Brothers College Prep (MO)

DE - Max Morris, 6'2, 235, Dowling Catholic High School (IA)

RB - D.J. Brown, 5'9, 180, North Little Rock High School (AR)


United States Naval Academy

K - Bennett Moehring, 5'9, 192, Bentonville High School (AR)

ATH - Dom Childress, 6'0, 185, Independence High School (TN)


North Carolina State University

OL - Philip Walton, 6'7, 260, Charlotte Christian School (NC)


University of Nebraska-Lincoln

WR - Nekyle Lundie, 6'2, 210, Stephenson High School (GA)

DT - Carlos Davis, 6'3, 270, Blue Springs High School (MO)

DT - Khalil Davis, 6'3, 270, Blue Springs High School (MO) 


New Mexico State University

ATH - Izaiah Lottie,  6'0, 185, Cherokee Trail High School (CO)


University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

QB - Anthony Ratliff, 6'2, 195, Butler High School (NC) 

ATH - Charlie Heck, 6'7, 250, Rockhurst High School (MO)


University of North Texas

OL - Creighton Barr, 6'3, 250, Marcus High School (TX)

OL - Chett Munden, 6'6, 305, Marshall High School (TX)


University of Notre Dame

LB - Asmar Bilal, 6'3, 195, Ben Davis High School (IN)


Ohio University

WR - Alex Alders, 6'2, 205, Nordonia High School (OH)

TE - Keith Kay, 6'3, 215, Bishop Hartley High School (OH)

LB - London Cloud, 5'11, 230, Bedford High School (OH)

LB - Najee Stevens-McKenzie, 6'4, 205, Bedford High School (OH)


Ohio State University

WR - K.J. Hill, 6'1, 194, North Little Rock High School (AR)

OL - Matthew Burrell Jr., 6'4, 300, C D Hylton High School (VA)

LS - Liam McCullough, 6'1, 300, Worthington Kilbourne High School (OH)

DE - Dre'Mont Jones, 6'4, 265, St. Ignatius High School (OH)

LB - Nick Conner, 6'2, 225, Dublin Scioto High School (OH)

DB - Denzel Ward, 5'11, 170, Nordonia High School (OH)


University of Oklahoma

WR - Dahu Green, 6'4, 190, Westmoore High School (OK)

DT - Marquise Overton, 6'1, 300, Jenks High School (OK)


Oklahoma State University

LB - Kevin Henry, 6'2, 205, Central (Baton Rouge) High School (LA)

ATH - Louis Brown, 6'6, 205, Burton High School (TX)


University of Oregon

WR - Alex Ofodile, 6'1, 200, Rock Bridge High School (MO)


Penn State University

DE - Robert Windsor, 6'5, 260, Fond Du Lac High School (WI)


University of Pittsburgh

RB - Darrin Hall, 5'11, 195, Austintown Fitch High School (OH), stats from 2013 season*


Purdue University

RB - Markell Jones, 5'9, 205, Columbus East High School (IN) 

LB - Markus Bailey, 6'1, 205, Hilliard Davidson High School (OH)


Rice University

DB - Brandon Douglas, 6'0, 175, Hutto High School (TX)

OL - Crockett Mokry, 6'4, 310, Pleasanton High School (TX)


University of South Carolina

WR - Dexter Neal, 6'2, 200, Stephenson High School (GA)

DE - Quandeski Whitlow, 6'4, 230, Opelika High School (AL)


San Diego State University

RB - Jatory Sparks-Brown, 5'11, 200, DeSoto High School (TX), stats from 2013 season*


San Jose State University

WR - Kanya Bell, 6'0, 160 , Long Beach Polytechnic High School (CA)

LB - Frank Ginda, 6'0, 230, Pacheco High School (CA)


Southern Methodist University

WR - James Proche, 5'11, 185, DeSoto High School (TX)

WR - Kevin Thomas, 6'2, 180, DeSoto High School (TX) stats from 2013 season*

WR - D'erren Wilson, 6'3, 190, Greenville High School (TX)

TE - Hunter Thedford,  6'7, 225, Comanche High School (TX)


University of Southern Mississippi

OL - Tyler Pollard, 6'6, 310, Oak Grove High School (MS)

DT - Jauan Collins, 5'11, 295, Pascagoula High School (MS)

DT - Ladarius Harris, 6'1, 260, Clay-Chalkville High School (AL)

LB - Isaiah Spencer, 6'0, 205, Oak Grove High School (MS)


Stanford University

OL - Brian Chaffin, 6'2, 285, Charlotte Christian School (NC)

OL - Jack Dreyer, 6'8, 285, Serra (San Mateo) High School (CA)


Texas Christian University

LB - Mike Freeze, 6'3, 215, Graham High School (TX)


University of Tennessee, Knoxville

QB - Quinten Dormady, 6'4, 210, Boerne High School (TX)

DE - Andrew Butcher, 6'2, 250, Alpharetta High School (GA) 

LB - Darrin Kirkland Jr., 6'2, 235, Lawrence Central High School (IN), stats from 2013 season*


University of Texas at Austin

QB - Matthew Merrick, 6'2, 180, Cistercian Prep School (TX)


Texas A&M University

OL - Keaton Sutherland, 6'6, 280, Marcus High School (TX)


Texas State University

DE - Dustin McWhorter, 6'4, 240, Graham High School (TX)


Texas Tech University

DE - Coleman Dennis, 6'1, 240, Frenship High School (TX), walk-on*


University of Toledo

QB - Mitch Guadagni, 6'2, 190, Hudson High School (OH)

WR - Reid Robinson, 6'3, 190, Hudson High School (OH)

TE - Nick Potts, 6'6, 210, Hilliard Davidson High School (OH)

OL - Cameron Bell, 6'8, 370, Nordonia High School (OH)


Troy University

ATH - Anthony Smiley, 6'4, 200, Spain Park High School (AL)


Tulane University

ATH - Malik Eugene, 5'10, 165, Acadiana High School (LA)


University of Tulsa

DB - Reggie Robinson, 6'1, 185, Cleburne High School (TX)


University of California, Los Angeles

DB - William Lockett, 5'11, 185, Manvel High School (TX)

DB - Colin Samuel, 6'2, 180, Long Beach Polytechnic High School (CA)


University of Louisiana at Lafayette

QB - Christopher Weaver, 5'11, 200, Saraland High School (AL)

WR - Gary Haynes, 5'9, 160, Manvel High School (TX)


University of Louisiana at Monroe

OL - Austin Blair, 6'3, 275, North Little Rock High School (AR)


University of Southern California

LB - Cameron Smith, 6'2, 240, Granite Bay High School (CA)

CB - Iman Marshall, 6'1, 195, Long Beach Polytechnic High School (CA)


University of Texas at San Antonio

QB - Manny Harris, 6'0, 225, Copperas Cove High School (TX)


University of Utah

LB - Dareus Brown, 6'1, 215, Stephenson High School (GA)

ATH - Chad Hekking, 6'4, 220, Vacaville High School (CA)


Vanderbilt University

RB - Dare Odeyingbo, 6'2, 240, Cistercian Prep School (TX)

TE - Kyle Anderton, 6'4, 255, Station Camp High School (TN)

OL - Ean Pfeifer, 6'4, 290, Bentonville High School (AR)


Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

RB - Coleman Fox, 5'11, 185, Salem High School (VA)

OL - Zachariah Hoyt, 6'5, 275, Salem High School (VA)


University of Washington

OL - Jared Hilbers, 6'6, 270, Beaverton High School (OR)


West Virginia University

OL - Rob Dowdy, 6'5, 295, Westerville South High School (OH)


Western Kentucky University

DE - Nick Coffey, 6'5, 235, Russell County High School (KY)


Western Michigan University

WR - Sean Bunting, 5'11, 160, Chippewa Valley High School (MI)


University of Wisconsin-Madison

LB - Chris Orr, 6'0, 207, DeSoto High School (TX), stats from 2013 season*

OL - Ian Dretzka, 6'6, 285, Kettle Moraine Public School (WI) walk-on*


University of Wyoming

ATH - Skylor Clinton, 6'3, 220, Prescott High School (AZ)


*All stats reported are by a member or members of the coaching staff at each specific high school. Any inquiries, email Cameron Mellor