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2008 Season Recap and Game Summaries

December 30, 2012
By Sam Knopik of Pembroke Hill High School Football

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2008 Season Recap


We finished the season by returning to the Missouri State Playoffs with a 7-4 record. It was our second 7-Win season in back-to-back years. Highlights included going 6-0 at home including an opening day victory against Van Horn, two very exciting 4th quarter comebacks againstUniversityAcademy andClinton, another Homecoming victory against F. L. Schlagle and most significantly a victory over St. Pius X.


Team Awards


Raider Award: This award is presented to the team member who has demonstrated the greatest commitment, dedication, desire and positive contribution that has earned the respect of both their teammates and coaches. This is the highest honor that our athletic department distributes.

2008 Winner: Dexter Pearson


The Head Coach’s Award: This award is given to any member of the football team in recognition for their selfless participation. It is believed that the strongest members of any organization are those who make the greatest efforts to serve others.

2008 Winner: Austen Schmidt


Brooks Channing Noah Award: This award is presented to the team member who has demonstrated the greatest improvement from the previous season.

2008 Winner: Andrew Seligson


Kevin Emery Award: This award is given to the player who has made the greatest contribution to our football team’s success. Considered a Most Valuable Player trophy this award is reserved for the player who’s overall efforts in training, in practice and on the field stands above others.

2008 Winners: Dexter Pearson and Cam Wilkerson


Studebaker Riley Award: Given to the player who’s line play exceeds all others. His determination to persevere, without concern for personal recognition or glory, manifests itself in relentless, selfless, physical exertion. This award is given to Pembroke Hill’s best linemen.

2008 Winners: Jack Dudenhoeffer, David Smart, and CJ Slaughter


Bob Hicks Award: Given to the outstanding student-athlete in recognition of his football excellence, who personifies passion for the game, intensity, leadership, and heart both in the classroom and on the field.

2008 Winner: Jay Todd Max


Sportsmanship Award: This award is presented to the team member who shows humbleness in victory and graciousness in defeat. He is a fierce competitor who understands the greater objective of the game: to perform in a manner that reflects well on his family, his school and himself.

2008 Winner: CJ Slaughter

Kansas   City 3A All-District Team Winners

  •  CJ Slaughter, Offensive Line 1st Team
  • Jack Dudenhoeffer, Defensive End, 1st Team
  • Dexter Pearson, Linebacker, 1st Team
  • Dexter Pearson, Running Back, 2nd Team
  • Will Bolen, Wide Receiver, 2nd Team
  • Jacob Gerson, Slot, 2nd Team
  • Jacob Gerson, Defensive Back, 2nd Team
  • Jack Dudenhoeffer, Offensive Line, 3rd Team
  • James Holcomb, Offensive Line, 3rd Team
  • David Smart, Defensive Line, 3rd Team
  • Jay Todd Max, Defensive Line, 3rd Team
  • Cam Wilkerson, Linebacker, 3rd Team


Kansas   City Star 3A All-District Team Winners

  •  CJ Slaughter, Offensive Line 1st Team
  • Dexter Pearson, Linebacker, 1st Team


Missouri Football Coaches Association 3A All-State Team Winners

  •  CJ Slaughter, Offensive Line 2nd Team
  • Dexter Pearson, Linebacker, 3rd Team


Missouri Football Coaches Association All-State Academic Team Winners

  •  Jay Todd Max, Defensive Line
  • Paul Black, Defensive Back


Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete Team Winners

  •  Dexter Pearson


2008 vs. Van Horn: Win 57-6

A lot of questions still needed to be answered as we took the field for our home opener versus new Independence school Van Horn. We had some big shoes to fill at several positions and wondered where our liabilities may expose us. The 2008 version made a statement that they were here to play on their own right and put up big numbers early... With only 12 seconds off the clock Andrew Elsberry put us up by six returning the opening season kickoff for a TD. Caleb Wurth put the PAT through and we were on our way.

Just about everything went according to plan offensively, so good in fact we didn't get to evaluate our punt team! QB Cam Wilkerson added another score with an 11 yard option, followed by a Jack Dudenhoeffer safety after the kickoff. Van Horn was then forced to kick the ball back to us and Cam wasted no time adding another TD run, this time from 15 yards. Andrew would close the first quarter scoring with a 14 yard run and a PHS 29-0 lead.
Fullback Dexter Pearson added six with a 1 yard plunge followed by a Marquelle Smith 2 yard TD run. Marquelle, a sophomore running back would add another 4th quarter TD run from 19 yards out. Elsberry closed out the first half scoring with a 35 yard TD run. PHS lead at the half 51-0.
The second half was played by all of our younger players who tried to preserve the shut out but gave up a late Van Horn TD run from the 5-yard line.
Our linemen, who really had a great game included David Smart, Jack Dudenhoeffer, CJ Sluaghter, James Holcomb, Ryan Grojean, Jeff McRobert, Jasen Nichols, Jay Todd Max, Austen Schmidt, and Andy Miller.
Defensively, linebackers Andrew Elsberry and Dexter Pearson led all tacklers. Junior Andy Miller and Senior Jack Dudenhoeffer both contributed for 2 tackles-for-loss. Cam Wilkerson came up big to end an early Van Horn drive by pulling down his first interception of the season. Overall, 26 different players garnered defensive statistics Friday night!

Special teams play was up and down. We returned just the second kickoff for TD since 2003, Caleb Wurth went 5/7 in PAT attempts and threw a 2pt conversion to TE Jordan Snyder following a bad snap. Our Kickoff coverage team was solid giving our defense great field position all night. 


2008 vs. Hogan: Loss 7-8

We scored first, officially on an Andrew Elsberry 1-yard run in the first quarter. Unofficially, the play prior, it appeared that Dexter Pearson was two-yards into the end-zone following a 1-yard plunge behind Ryan Grojean, David Smart, CJ Slaughter, James Holcomb, Jack Dudenhoeffer, Jack Kelly and David Kipke... The Caleb Wurth point after was good and we had a 7-0 lead.
The defense would go on to play a nearly flawless game executing our game plan of denying any deep passes and containing a fast Hogan quarterback. It would be a first quarter 60-yard run up the middle which found us trailing 8-7. It's funny how one week the points do not stop rolling and another you need just 1 so desperately.

Four backs would combine for 168 yards and 5 yards per carry that day. Veterans Elsberry and Pearson were joined by sophomores Marquelle Smith and Jacob Gerson for big gains on the ground.
Cam Wilkerson played a very gutsy game in which he led all defenders in tackles with 19, 3 for a loss! Late in the game when he weathered another big Hogan hit sophomore Jackson Schroeder came in and threw an 18 yard strike to William Bolen for a first down. It did not take long for Cam to come back into the game but it was great to see our younger players answer the call so effectively. Bolen would end the day with 4 receptions for 32 yards.
In the 4th quarter an 80 yard Raider drive from our own 3-yard line ended with a missed 4th down conversion only to be followed by a Jack Dudenhoeffer fumble recovery. Life was good again. Unfortunately, we were unable to convert the opportunity into points and the day ended 8-7.
As mentioned before the efforts put forth by our defense was outstanding. The defensive line play was especially inspiring. I watched as David Smart and Ryan Grojean relentlessly chased down sweep plays. Jasen Nichols, Jay Todd Max, and Jack Dudenhoeffer routinely moved around the Hogan Prep offensive linemen. Jack Kelly, Cam Wilkerson and Austen Schmidt executed our outside linebacker game plan to perfection.
We discovered that several sophomores had taken a big step to play varsity football. Andrew Seligson finished the day with 10 tackles, Paul Black with 6,  Jacob Gerson and David Kipke also contributed big defensive plays. The offense and special-team squads found contributions by Schroeder, Smith, Gerson, Black and Seligson.

I tell our team often that I enjoy watching them play and despite the heartbreak associated with a 1-point loss, Saturday was no exception. I hope you can join us this Friday night in Smithville as we take on a tough Warrior team at 7:00pm. Smithville has designated this game as "Breast Cancer Awareness Night." Teams will be sporting pink helmet logo's and fans are encouraged to purchase Pembroke Hill-Smithville t-shirts to support the cause at the game. The Smithville cross-country team will relay the game ball from Pembroke Hill's field on Friday and it is scheduled to arrive at the Smithville stadium for kickoff at 7:00 pm. You are welcome to join us for the send off in the stadium at 12:45 pm. 


2008 vs. Smithville: Loss 0-26

Rain, rain rain. After the previous week's game in the  mud against Hogan Prep I was not excited about the prospects of playing  another soggy game against Smithville. However, following an hour delay  we played on the turf at Smithville. An unfortunate and inopportune  evening of penalties left us defeated 26-0. It should be noted that  despite the infractions and score, not all was as bad as it might seem.

Defensively,  we were led by Andrew Elsberry and Jack Kelly with 14 and 17 tackles  respectively. Three of Andrew's tackled were for losses! Jacob Gerson  stepped in front of a Smithville pass at midfield in the first quarter  and as many as six players contributed for seven tackles for a loss. 

Elsberry, Kelly, Dexter Pearson, Paul Black, Ryan Grojean, Will Bolen,  Cam Wilkerson, Caleb Wurth, Andrew Seligson, James Holcomb, Jay Todd  Max, Austen Schmidt, Jack Dudenhoeffer, Gerson, Guerin Schwarberg and CJ  Slaughter all garnered defensive statistics. As a staff we were pleased  with our team's efforts to stop Smithville drives and force them into  long field goal attempts (which they made.....)

Offensively, we held  on to the ball effectively as we controlled the time of possession  exactly ½ of the game. Austen Schmidt, James Holcomb, Jack Kelly, Ryan  Grojean, David Smart, CJ Slaughter, Jack Dudenhoeffer and Jay Todd Max  all fought hard against a big Smithville front line. Elsberry led all  rushers with 77 yards on the ground on 15 carries. Pearson added 27 on 9  and was joined by Wilkerson, Marquelle Smith and Gerson for rushing  yardage. Cam hooked up with Will Bolen, David Kipke, and Elsberry for 19  yard completion average. Neither team had much of an opportunity to  establish their passing game in the weather conditions.

Last  week's game against Smithville also served as a breast cancer awareness  night. The Smithville community wanted to bring people's attention to  increased services for detection and cure.

To celebrate the event,  members of the Smithville Cross-Country team met at Pembroke Hill's  football stadium where I handed them the game ball. The team then ran  with the ball around our track and out the gate all the way back to  Smithville in time for the opening kickoff. They made a brief stop at  the Bloch Cancer Survivor Park on 47th and Roanoke before braving the  incoming weather. The team relayed the ball all the way back that  afternoon in the face of terrible autumn storms.

Upcoming free mammography screenings will be held from 9am to 2 pm at the following locations:
---Wednesday, October 8th at St. Therese Catholic Church, 7277 N. State Route 9, KC, MO
---Friday, October 10th at St. Luke's Northland Hospital-Smithville Campus, 601 S. US 169 HWY, Smithville, MO
---Please register in advance through NurseLine at (816) 932-6220

Some of you may be interested in catching up with our college football playing alums:

----John LARSON, Class of '04, University of Kansas, Senior, DE
KU  finished 12-1 with an Orange Bowl victory... Preseason #7 Rank... John  finished 8th in Big 12 in tackles for loss with 11.5, and 6th in  conference with 3 forced fumbles... 2nd Team Academic All-American...
8/30 Larson contributed 2 tackles, 1 for loss in the 40-10 win over FIU...
9/6 Defeated Louisiana Tech 29-0, John had 2 tackles 1 for loss...
9/12 Fell 34-37 to South Florida, Larson added 1 tackle for loss...
2008 Record:2-1
Next Game: 9/20 Sam Houston State

----Zach BUCKNER, Class of '07, Washington University, Sophomore, OL
Wash  U finished with a 7-3 record and 15 consecutive winning seasons (13th  longest in all NCAA schools)... Zach enters his sophomore season fighting  for an open center position...
9/6 Wash U shuts out Greenville College 22-0...
9/13 Big-Time 45-13 win over Westminster..
2008 Record:2-0
Next Game: 9/20 Whittenburg College

----Matt UNGASHICK, Class of '07, Rhodes College, Sophomore, QB
The  Lynx finished the 2007 season with a 6-4 record... Matt had the  opportunity to play as a freshman due to injury and looks to take full  control of a starting QB position this fall...
9/13 Lynx fall 14-3  to Louisiana College, Matt had a rough day going 6 of 22 for 38 yards in  the season opener but looks to bounce back next week...
2008 Record:0-1
Next Game: 9/20 Birmingham Southern

----Coleman REED, Class of '07, William Jewell, Sophomore, MANAGER
WJC  finished the 2007 season with a 6-4 record... Former PHS manager, Reed,  will take on film management duties for the Cardinals this fall...
8/30 Jewell lost a heatbreaker 15-12 to Doane College (NE) in a pre-season bowl game held in Platte City...
9/6 Rough start for the Cardinals as they fell to Evangel College 24-12...
9/13 WJC finds their winning ways in a 24-13 win over Central Methodist...
2008 Record:1-2
Next Game: 9/20 Missouri Valley College

----Bryce LOCHMANN, Class of '08, Washington University, Freshman, DB
Wash  U finished with a 7-3 record and 15 consecutive winning seasons (13th  longest in all NCAA schools)... Bryce and the Bears will face former PHS  QB Matt Ungashick and the Rhodes Lynx on October 4th...
9/6 Wash U shuts out Greenville College 22-0...
9/13 Bears crush Westminster 45-13...
2008 Record:2-0
Next Game: 9/20 Whittenburg College


2008 vs. Northeast: Win 41-0

With the change in weather so was the change in our  fortune. The first two quarters of the game saw a 41 point scoring  explosion from the Raiders. Just as exciting, as Dexter Pearson pointed  out following the game, was the fact that our younger players held on to  preserve the shut-out in the second half. The game ended 41-0.

One  of the themes we focused on last week was to play the game against  ourselves rather than the team on the other side of the ball. Meaning,  we had been making too many costly and untimely penalties in past games.  Friday night we were flagged just three times compared to 14 by  Northeast.

Offensively, Cam Wilkerson threw for 161 yards 3 TD's.  His longest going to a wide open Jacob Gerson who rumbled 63 yards to  paydirt. Will Bolen led all receivers with 4 for 47 yards, his longest  being a 34 yard strike from Wilkerson. David Kipke also hauled in a 32  yard Wilkerson pass, his for a score. Our second score of the game came  from Cam checking backside to a flare route by Andrew Elsberry who  always like to score the hard way and bowled over two Viking defenders  on the goal line from 9 yards out.

All of our offensive linemen,  young and old, got PT Friday. Jack Kelly, Austen Schmidt, Jack  Dudenhoeffer, CJ Slaughter, Ryan Grojean, David Smart, Jay Todd Max,  Jasen Nichols, James Holcomb plowed the way for 180 first half rushing  yards. Heck, Jack Dudenhoeffer and Austen Schmidt even got in on the  action getting to carry the ball once each. Dudenhoeffer, with the aid  of some big-time blocks and trickeration-playcalling managed to find the  end zone on a 25 yard Guard Around Right. (Look for it on YouTube  soon.)

Defensively, Dexter Pearson and Charlie Doering led all  tacklers. Another young player, freshman Will Gonder added 5 tackles of  his own to finish in the leaders list. Cam Wilkerson ended an early  Viking drive with an interception. Pearson, Gonder, Gerson, Elsberry,  Dudenhoeffer, Wilkerson, Max, Doering, Slaughter, Max, Guerin  Schwarburg, Schmidt and Patrick Freitag all contributed to 10 tackles  for loss. Slaughter forced and recovered a Northeast fumble in a  devastating hit from the nose guard position. In all, 25 different players earned defensive statistics!

Tonight  we face off with the Clinton Cardinals. This will mark the first ever  meeting between the two schools in football. Following the game we  invite family members down to the field for picture night. These will be  the pictures we use in the post-season slide show.
It should be a great night to watch a football game and I hope we are able to sing with you after the game.


2008 vs. Clinton: Win 18-8

Yesterday was one of the best days I've had as the  head football coach at Pembroke Hill. Five alumni joined our senior  class for a tie and jacket luncheon in which Hall of Fame coach Bob  Hicks shared his thoughts on the values of the game. The purpose of the  event was to expose our players to the reality of life after the game.  Questions we looked to answer included: Who are the men who have been  where we are right now, what are their stories and what advice can they  share with us?

Coach Nick Hennessy PHS Class of '99 emceed the  event and had each guest share briefly about the impact PHS Football has  had on them. Each story was powerful and resonated with all of us.  Chuck Whittg '41, member of the 1940 undefeated team, shared with boys  at his table the thoughts of his high school team and coaches as he  struggled to survive a gunshot wound in Korea. He credited courage  learned in football with surviving "just a broken leg" parachuting  France in WWII. Russ Sifers '66 shared his motivational memory of his  coaches' encouraging voices. "Nobody ever drowned in sweat," Joe Scalet  would tell his boys and Lee Flappan's "One more time!" Russ admitted he  leaned on those phrases long after his Pembroke Hill days were over.

Coach  Hicks related how big the Pembroke Hill fraternity really is across the  country. "Every Saturday, from New York to L.A. men wake up in the  morning and check the scores. They want to know how Pem-Day played."  However the statement that took me to goose bump city was his reference  to what each boy leaves physically on the field of play. "Buildings go  up and they come down over the years. The one constant has been that  field at the bottom of the hill. The one thing most people in this room  have in common is that your blood lies somewhere on that field."

I  can assure you that we lost plenty of blood last week against Clinton  High. By the end of the game we were a walking MASH unit. The game began  a lot like our Hogan Prep game with both teams trading touchdowns and  the Raiders on the short side of an 8-6 score. We would go on to play  one of the best defensive games I have ever been a part of and added two  4th quarter TD's to win 18-8.

For the fourth time in five games  the Raider offense drove the field on the opening possession to score.  Unfortunately, Andrew Elsberry was injured early on the Cardinal's first  drive which forced us to play younger players more often and older  players never left the field. Dexter Pearson rose to the challenge  carrying the ball 22 times for 108 yards and a TD. He was spelled for 1  or 2 plays because it looked like his right leg was going to fall off.  His courage and understanding that we were already down a man or two  kept him coming back for more. Jacob Gerson added a late 4th quarter  score form 33 yards out to put the game away. Marquelle Smith, Cam  Wilkerson, Andrew Elsberry and Austen Schmidt all added to our rushing  totals. Linemen David Smart, Jack Dudenhoeffer, CJ Slaughter, Ryan  Grojean, James Holcomb, Jay Todd Max, Andy Miller, Jack Kelly, David  Kipke, Charlie Doering and Austen Schmidt battled relentlessly the whole  game helping us control the game clock most of the night. In the 4th  quarter when center Ryan Grojean came out of the game with a sliced left  hand and a broken right finger, Charlie Doering stepped-in and finished  the game with some great blocks.

Some outstanding courage was  shown through our passing game as well. Cam Wilkerson hooked-up with  Will Bolen four times, each reception giving Bolen brutal yards per  catch and a bunch of back bruises for his troubles. Doug Walsworth  entered the game late to convert a 3rd and 8 with a super grab over the  middle followed up with a 25 yard go-ahead TD strike from Cam on the far  sideline.

Will Bolen punted just once. It went 46 yards and pinned Clinton inside their own 20.
Defensively,  it was a tremendous team effort with 18 players earning defensive  stats. Clinton was held to just over 20 total yards in the second half!  David Smart effectively put the game away with a forced fumble and  recovery following our go ahead TD in the 4th quarter. Cam Wilkerson and  Dexter Pearson led all tacklers Cam earning 3 tackles for loss and Jack  Dudenhoeffer added two big-time 4th quarter sacks.

Following the  game Mike McRobert and Linda Walsworth helped us take the family  pictures which we use in our post-season slide show. It was a party-like  atmosphere on the field after the game. Matt Black and Austen Schmidt  enacted a bit of revenge on their position coach Nick Hennessy giving  him a Gatorade bath right before his picture.

Check out Mike's pictures at: www.McRobert.LifePics.com Event Code = football We  host the Schlagle Stallions for Homecoming tomorrow night at 7:00pm.  This game has come down to the wire the last two years in a row. Last  year saw a miraculous 60-yard drive in the last minute to ensure a  Raider victory. Don't miss this year's version of a great match-up and I  hope we can sing with you after the game!


2008 vs. Schlagle: Win 26-6

This Friday is YOUTH FOOTBALL NIGHT! Come watch all of  our Pembroke Hill footballers from the lower school and the middle  school take the field at halftime! Polly Kramer, Sports Council  Director, has done an awesome job building-up the excitement for youth  football on the lower campus. Likewise Brian Bartelli, David Cox and  Mark Saulett bring Raider pride and fun to our middle school program  everyday.

The 2008 Homecoming was another great finish for the  Raiders. Coming into the locker room at the half tied-up 6-6 we reminded  the team that they knew how to win late. I've started to lose track of  the 4th quarter comebacks these boys have been a part of going back  several seasons. Despite running jut 40 offensive plays compared to the  59 snaps by Schlagle we scored two 4th quarter TDs to win 20-6.

The  Stallions scored first in the 2nd quarter but were stopped on the  2-point conversion attempt thanks to an outstanding effort by Jay Todd  Max to knock the receiver out-of-bounds before the goal line. Other  defensive highlights included a remarkable 3rd and 4th down stand at  mid-field where CJ Slaughter and company gave a clinic tape  demonstration of firing off the line low. Jack Kelly came up with a  big-time fumble recovery after Jacob Gerson slammed into the pitchman on  an impressive Schlagle drive to end the 1st half. Dexter Pearson led  all tacklers with 21 followed by Chas Ellzey with 13. Dexter, Cam  Wilkerson, Jack Kelly, Will Bolen and David Smart all contributed to 6  tackles for a loss.

Offensively, Dexter Pearson carried the mail  for 92 yds on 23 attempts and 2 TDs behind CJ Slaughter, Jack  Dudenhoeffer, David Smart, Andy Miller, James Holcomb, Jack Kelly and  Austen Schmidt. Center Andy Miller had a remarkable night replacing an  injured Ryan Grojean. Andy showed a lot of character and ability to  step-up like he did Friday night. It great to be reminded that those are  the kind of athletes we have here at Pembroke Hill. When it's time to  answer the bell they show-up.

I hope you can all join-us this  Friday as we face the University Academy Griffins. UA comes into week 7  with a 5-1 record. They are playing great football this year under coach  Damon Paul. Coach Paul has built this team from the ground-up with the  school itself. We always knew the day was coming when the Griffins would  arrive as a competitive football team. They look to win their districts  in 2008 and make a run at the State Title.

Although we are  playing here, this is a home game for UA, and we will be wearing all  white. A fun tradition started a few years back, the teams like to play  one game at home in their all whites. It should be a great night for  football and I hope to sing with you after the game.


 2008 vs. UA: Win 15-14

Another week... another 4th quarter comeback. Down 14-0  at the half the team had a sense of calm in the locker room. We had been  here before and knew that if we just took care of the things we could  control then our breaks would come. Our first break came in the 3rd  quarter when a solid 60 yard drive ended with a 5 yard TD pass from Cam  Wilkerson to David Kipke. A Caleb Wurth PAT made it a one-score game  heading into the 4th quarter.
A second big break came on a fumbled  punt snap by University Academy which allowed us to set-up shop on the  6-yard line. Dexter Pearson scored on first down and then punched in the  conversion to give the Raiders a 1-point lead with 5:00 on the clock.
The  defense would come up big in the final minutes of play. CJ Slaughter,  Chaz Ellzey, and Austen Schmidt ended a 4th and 1 attempt at mid-field  with a swarming assault on a QB sneak. On UA's final drive Jack Kelly  would fall on a Jack Dudenhoeffer forced fumble.
Will Bolen,  Caleb Wurth, Doug Walsworth and David Kipke all hauled in Wilkerson pass  attempts. James Holcomb, Jack Dudenhoeffer, Andy Miller, David Smart,  and CJ Slaughter plowed the way for Dexter Pearson, Jacob Gerson, Cam  Wilkerson and Marquelle Smith. Defensively Cam led all tacklers with 12  and David Kipke ended a UA drive with a timely interception when he came  into the game for a banged-up Pearson at LB.
It was an exciting  game and one in which University Academy came to show everyone how far  their football program has come. Few coaches in the city work as hard as  Damon Paul to build discipline and accountability in his players.  However, not only the character building attributes of the game, but the  game itself, is being taught admirably at UA. I think we have found a  nice rivalry just across town!

This week we begin district play  against St. Pius X. We will host the game beginning at 7:00. You are all  encouraged to bring a canned food item for a donation to Harvesters  Food Pantry. Currently, the facility is barely meeting their needs to  feed the hungry in the KC area. Please drop a donation in one of the  barrels at the ticket gate. At halftime we will recognize our senior  class and their parents. Thank you for all your support this season and I  hope to sing with you after the game.
2008 vs. SPX: Win 27-7
I've always loved Pius week. It is not homecoming week  but the sprit around campus becomes a bit more red, white, and, blue.  Students who I have never met say, "Good luck Coach," as I pass them in  the hallway. Teachers who may never have seen a PHS football game take  the time to ask, "Are the boys ready this week Coach?" Spirit shirts  always show-up in the bookstore and alumni call to wish us luck. The  atmosphere was this way when I first arrived here and the affection for  the SPX game continues to stir the students' excitement.

PROBLEM: The Raiders have enjoyed just 10 wins since the match-up began in 1963.
Long  before I arrived here, I respected Coach Rick Byers' football program.  As I was a coming of age coach he was speaking all over the state  following their state title seasons. He runs a no-nonsense program that  finds their identity in hitting and winning championships. In many  respects, I have gauged our progress as a program with how many quarters  we can stay in the game against them!
You can count on one thing every time you line up against Pius: they are going to hit you...HARD.
The  2008 version began with Pius surprising us with a spread gun offensive  attack. After two first downs we forced them to punt from midfield only  to fumble the punt return back to them in our own territory. Andrew  Seligson would give us the ball back with an interception on an  overthrown ball in the endzone a few plays later. The first quarter  would end 0-0.
Our defense played a great first half holding the  Warriors scoreless. Much of that was due to our offense moving the  chains and holding the time of possession. We broke the tie in the  second quarter with a Dexter Pearson TD run and a Caleb Wurth PAT. The  PAT team was much improved this week going 3 of 4. Caleb would later  admit he shanked the last kick on purpose so the score would end at 27,  the same as his jersey number. (I'm not buying it though.)
In the  second half we extended the lead to 14 with another Pearson 1 yard  plunge. This one was pretty exciting for just a 3 foot gain as he found  the middle wedge plugged and then bounced it outside to the dismay of an  unsuspecting SPX defensive back who got bowled over at the goal line.  The offensive line simply owned the line of scrimmage all night. They  handled everything the Warriors could throw at them and opened holes  large enough to run up 256 yards on the night. Jack Dudenhoffer, David  Smart, James Holcomb, CJ Slaughter, Ryan Grojean, Andy Miller, Austen  Schmidt, Jack Kelly, and David Kipke flat out-worked their opposing  linemen all night.
A lack of discipline on 4th-and-short would  come back to bite us as we jumped offsides just as Pius was about to  punt the ball back to us late in the 3rd quarter. They would score from  37 yards out 3 plays later. Those would be the last points SPX would  score. Another impressive fact is that even with the 37 yard TD run the  Warriors gained a total of 62 yards on the ground all night.
Quarterback  Cam Wilkerson connected with Will Bolen 4 times for 43 yards. Doug  Walsworth made 2 outstanding receptions in underneath coverage. The  first catch was the first play of the game and he took a typical big SPX  hit for his troubles. When he popped right back-up I knew things were  going well for us.
Special Teams also stepped-up this week. As  mentioned before, the PAT team executed to near perfection, Will Bolen  averaged 36 yards on two punts and Personal Punt Protector Cam Wilkerson  took a direct snap off tackle to convert a 4th and 5 behind great Chas  Ellzey and company blocks.
Seventeen players contributed to  defensive statistics in a game they will never forget. Outside  Linebacker Cam Wilkerson led all defenders with 11 tackles including 1  very big sack. Austen Schmidt played a tremendous game on both sides of  the ball contributing for 5 tackles and bone crushing kick-out blocks.  We are all excited to see Austen compete this week at the American  Royal. He has spent much of the past year qualifying for the event.  While he often is full of bull himself I can't wait to see him ride one  this week!
Jacob Gerson effectively ended Pius' last chance with  an interception at midfield. Dexter would later score our last TD from  36 yards away.
After we sang and passed around all the hugs to  family we made our way back to the locker room. Former players were on  cell phones being passed around to half dressed players giving their own  recaps of the game. It was a memorable night for everyone associated  with Pembroke Hill Football.
In addition to the win the football  parents collected canned food for Harvester's. It was a great collection  and we all appreciate your generosity in this time of need.

We  now move on in district play to face the O'Hara Celtics. O'Hara comes  off another big win pounding district rival Lincoln Prep 48-12. They  enter the game with a 6-2 record and a lot of excitement surrounding  their program. The Celtics have a very explosive offense and a defense  that has surrendered just 16 points per game. The game is being played  at O'Hara High School at 7:00pm this Friday. Thank you for all the  support you show our players and I hope to sing with you after the game.
2008 Lincoln Prep: Win 43-0
Tonight we head north to face the #2 ranked 10-0  Chillicothe Hornets in the first round of the Class 3 Playoffs. After  going 2-1 in district play we managed to find ourselves in a wildcard  slot for the playoffs.
Week 9 was a tough loss to the eventual  district champions at O'Hara High School. Not much went right for us as  we took a 22 point drubbing in the second quarter. However, the boys  bounced back well with a great week of practice preparing for cross-town  rival Lincoln Prep.
Cam Wilkerson and Caleb Wurth wasted no time getting us on the scoreboard with a 48 yard throw and run for a TD. Dexter Pearson would add the 2-point conversion. Our second score was the same combination of Wilkerson to Wurth this time from 11 yards out. A Pearson 2-point conversion made it 16-0 in the 1st Quarter.
Jacob Gerson added a 6-yard scoring run followed by an Andrew Elsberry 2-point conversion. Gerson would add another 10-yard run for TD in the 3rd quarter.
Wurth would end the 1st Half scoring with a 27-yard interception return for TD. Caleb also added a PAT to end the game with the final score 43-0. I was pleased to discover that Caleb was nominated for the US Army Iron Man Award for Two-Way players. You can vote for Caleb to be this week's winner at: http://www.thesportsflash.com/USArmyIronMan-MO. Voting ends Thursday so please help him out! Five players caught passes Friday. Wurth, David Kipke, Doug Walsworth, and Will Bolen are the usual suspects however a highlight of the 1st half came when Will Bolen threw the ball back to Cam Wilkerson for a 22 yard gain!
The offensive line led the way to 222 ground yards and 392 total yards. Jack Dudenhoeffer, CJ Slaughter, David Smart, Austen Schmidt, Jack Kelly, David Kipke, James Holcomb, Andy Miller, Jeff McRobert and Ryan Grojean were thebiggest  factors of the game. It may have been the first time in the history of  the modern game where a coaching staff was sending in their offensive  play calls with the center! Each brings his own talents and we took advantage of them.
Defensively,  we were very proud of holding Lincoln Prep's accomplished senior  running back Johnny Hall to just 52 yards on the night. Gerson and Pearson led all defenders in tackles. Our defensive backfield kept themselves busy with 4 interceptions! Paul Black made a very nice one-handed grab while Andrew Seligson pulled down his 2nd interception of the season. As mentioned before Caleb Wurth scored on his 2nd quarter pick and Guerin Schwarberg ended the game by picking off the Blue Tigers. Guerin also recovered a timely fumble for us. In all, 16 players garnered defensive statistics.

So,  the Lincoln Prep victory brings us a back-to-back 7-3 season, this time  resulting in a playoff birth. We hope to see you all in Chillicothe  tonight and sing with you after the game!
Thanks again to Mike  McRobert and Linda Walsworth for great game pictures!

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