The Cahokia football team decided to ditch the drama this week, but there was still plenty of fodder for the highlight reel.
The Comanches scored early, often and with several big plays en route to a 59-6 steamrolling of Sumner, of St. Louis, in the opening game of the Gateway Scholars Football Classic at Clyde C. Jordan Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
After leading Cahokia to a last-minute touchdown to secure an upset win against Highland in Week 1, Comanches quarterback Wayne Grant Jr. was happy to get things under control early against the visiting Bulldogs (0-2).
“Last week, I had to run around a lot, and we had to make plays at the end of the game,” said Grant Jr., who was 8-for-12 with 163 yards and five touchdown passes. “We didn’t have to do that today. Everyone on this team has so much speed, and we got it rolling right away.”
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The Comanches scored 26 points in each of the first two quarters to take a 52-0 halftime lead, which led to a running clock for the second half. Four of their nine touchdowns were on plays of more than 40 yards, including a long pass that Elijah Rice reeled in one-handed for a 52-yard score late in the first quarter.
“I don’t really remember it,” Rice said of his catch. “I just went out and made the play.”
The win moves Cahokia to 2-0 for the first time since the 2009 season. That’s also the last season the Comanches made the playoffs.
Cahokia’s defense suffocated the Bulldogs, forcing five turnovers in the first half, including four fumbles. The Comanches held Sumner to 55 total yards, 38 of which came on the final drive which included Sumner’s lone score, on a 19-yard pass from Cortez Troupe to Daniel Young in the game’s final seconds.
Rice and Demarion Hinkle each hauled in two TD passes, and Hinkle added a 70-yard rushing score. Marquis Murray rushed for 92 yards and two touchdowns. Trevion Boyd rushed for 66 yards and a score, and George Smith’s lone catch was a 27-yard TD.
Cahokia is at Geneseo at 7 p.m. Friday.