Like a time bomb waiting to detonate, the high-powered Althoff offense simply exploded midway through the second quarter on Friday at Cahokia High School.
And the Cahokia Comanches had little response.
One of the top combinations in the metro-east, senior qurterback Jordan Augustine connected twice with Keenen Young on scoring passes of 43 and 57 yards to highlight a Crusaders scoring spree as Althoff put the finishing touch on an undefeated South Seven Conference season with a 48-12 win over rival Cahokia.
Jaylon Bester added touchdown runs of two, 14 and 40 yards for the Crusaders, who entered the game ranked fourth in the Class 4A state poll and first in the News-Democrat’s small school high school football poll.
Althoff (8-0) scored five times in a 13-minute span from midway in the second quarter to the nine minute mark in the third quarter as they turned a 7-6 lead into a 42-7 advantage.
The turning point
Cahokia (3-5) played the Crusaders even for the first 15 minutes of the game, trailing just 7-6 following a 5-yard run by junior quarterback Wayne Grant Jr.
Bester, who finished the night with 109 yards on the ground, increased the lead to 14-6 with his second score of the night with 9:41 left in the first half when he tallied on a 14-yard run.
Following a three-and-out by the Crusaders, Augustine struck for his first touchdown pass of the night — a 43-yard pass to Young — with 8:08 left in the first half to make the score 21-6. The Augustine-to-Young combination hooked up again with just under 10 seconds left in the period — this time from 57-yards out as the Crusaders’ lead grew to 28-6.
Bester then added a 40-yard touchdown run and Augustine fired a 20-yard scoring pass to former Cahokia player Tarkus Ferguson, both in the opening 5 minutes of the second half as the Crusaders lead grew to 42-6.
“We can do that to teams,” Althoff coach Ken Turner said. “I thought we came out a little slow tonight and we had trouble getting the offense going but once we were able to get the run game going, it opened things up for the passing game. We’ve got some guys who are tough to handle in 1-on-1 coverage.”
Turner on undefeated conference season
“I told the team tonight that we didn’t want to be 4-1 in the conference. We wanted to end it 5-0 and go into next week undefeated. This is always an emotional game for both teams. We’re rivals and the kids all know each other.’’
Cahokia coach Antwyne Golliday
“I thought we came out and played well in the first quarter,” Golliday, the veteran Comanches coach. “We just had a couple of mistakes and there were a couple of calls which didn’t go our way. But let’s be honest. The calls didn’t beat us. They (Althoff) were just the better football team tonight. It’s that simple.”
Althoff plays at Triad on Oct. 23. Cahokia will host Crossroads (Mo.) Academy on Oct. 23.