POLO, MO – Christ Prep opened their football season with a dominating performance in every aspect of the game and cruised to a 47-0 victory. The Patriot defense, expected to be tough, forced a punt on the Panthers first possession then the offense marched down the field for a touchdown by freshman Sway Jenkins and the 2-point conversion by Jesse Traw. That set a pattern for rest of the first quarter which ended with the score 32-0. Senior Connor Hurley, Jenkins and quarterback Noah Blair all found the endzone.
The Panthers could only manage one first down for the entire game and that because of a penalty. The offense only punted one time. Special teams fared well also led by kicker Grant Gilkeson who nailed his only extra point try despite a bad snap.
CPA did not complete a pass and only attempted to throw once, however, eleven Patriots carried the ball and racked up 312 yards to only 31 by the Panthers. Freshman Paul Hernandez led the team in rushing with 58 yards on 8 carries and two TDs and Jenkins finished with 57 yards.
Next up for CPA is Wabaunsee.
- The shutout was the Patriots second consecutive following up on the season ending win over Texas Wind last year.
- The 47 point margin of victory was the third highest ever in an 11-man game (Missouri Military 2007 68-0, St. Mary’s MO 2006 62-0).
- Hurley led the team with 2 tackles for loss.
- Grant Stamatis led the team with 107 all-purpose yards; the 5th time he recorded 100+ yards in his career
- Jordan Wiles and Joseph Brock both recorded their first tackle.
- Coach Hurley on the win, “This is what we expected from our guys but we still have work to do and mistakes to correct. Everyone needs to come to practice focused and ready to improve.”