DeSmet had the better ranking, the talented duo of Durron Neal and KeVonn Mabon and, by the second quarter of Saturday's clash with Christian Brothers college, an 11-point lead.
But CBC had Dalton Demos.
The senior quarterback proved unstoppable for the No. 5 Cadets, who erased their early deficit by scoring on seven straight possessions for a relatively easy 52-22 win against No. 3 DeSmet. Demos finished with 280 yards and three scores through the air as well as a 56-yard touchdown reception.
Scoring hasn't been a problem for CBC, which is averaging 56 points during its 3-0 start. Meanwhile, its defense proved stout, holding Neal to just one score on the night.
Rockhurst 16, Blue Springs South 3
With the big play of Jordan Walker at tailback, somewhat lost in the discussion of Rockhurst's powerhouse football team has been the defense — until now. The Hawklets D stuffed Blue Springs South on Friday, allowing just 177 total yards. Walker still made his mark, rushing for 166 yards, including a 60-yard touchdown.
Hillcrest 21, Joplin 9
For once, the attention wasn't on Dorial Green-Beckham — and rightfully so. The talented Hillcrest receiver took a backseat to the emotion surrounding Joplin's first home football game since a tornado destroyed much of the town in May. More than 6,500 fans came out for the contest, but it wasn't enough for the Eagles to pull out a win. Despite holding DGB to six catches and 94 yards, Hornets tailback Stuart Andress broke loose for two touchdowns and 136 total yards.
Park Hill South 13, Park Hill 7
For the first time since 2004, Park Hill South got a win against its crosstown rivalry. Behind an Eddie Soal rushing score and a recovered fumble in the end zone by Craig Scott, the Panthers reeled off 13 straight points to seal the big win.
Brandon Parker covers Missouri for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.