Results as of Saturday, Oct. 8
Even as Jefferson City tore through the first part of its schedule, outscoring opponents by an average of 34.5 points, the thought in many people's mind was: "Wait until they play Rockhurst."
Well, last Friday the wait was finally over, as the two powers clashed on Jefferson City's turf. And after beating the state's top-ranked team, 33-0, in double overtime, it was clear that the Jays are for real.
The Jays jumped out to a 16-0 lead and held on despite a late flurry by the Hawklets, who turned the ball over six times. With the score tied at 23, Jays kicker Ryan Tanner missed a game-winning field goal as time expired. But in overtime, a Hawklets interception opened the door for redemption, as Tanner nailed a 30-yard field goal to pull off the upset.
Rockhurst played without star running back Jordan Walker, who continues to struggle with a leg injury, and his absence showed. Despite its defense not allowing a Jefferson City first down in the second half, the Hawklets' offense struggled to capitalize.
The loss snaps the Hawklets' 20-game win streak and gave the Jays their first win in 14 tries against Rockhurst.
Of course, the outcome means that there's a new No. 1 squad in Missouri, and that team is Christian Brothers College, which rolled to a 41-7 win against Chaminade. It also means that Rockhurst dropped out of this week's POWERADE FAB 50 and Jefferson City rose to No. 2 in the state rankings.
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Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings are in parentheses):
1. CBC (St. Louis) 7-0 (2)
The Cadets are the new top team in Missouri, as their 41-7 win against Chaminade and Rockhurst's loss opened the door. Next up: Marquette.
2. Jefferson City 7-0 (8)
The Jays showed their mettle with a 33-30, double-overtime win against previous No. 1 Rockhurst. Next up: Troy-Buchanan.
3. Staley (North Kansas City) 7-0 (3)
The Falcons rolled to a 42-13 win against Park Hill South. Next up: Park Hill.