Despite being the No. 2-ranked team in Class 6A, the Rockhurst football team doesn't leave much of an impression standing on their sideline.
The Hawklet roster has only three players that weigh more than 250 pounds, and the team's all-white uniforms and helmets are as plain as can be.
But in tonight's 41-0 drubbing of Hickman at Robert M. LeMone Field, the Hawklets left an impression that will last a while.
What the team lacks in flash, it makes up in execution. The Hawklets ran at will on the Kewpie defense, racking up 217 rushing yards by halftime. Rockhurst averaged more than seven yards per carry en route to a 35-0 lead at the break.
Hickman head coach Jason Wright knew going in to tonight's game that if the Hawklets were going to be anything, they were going to be efficient.
"You know any time that you go into Rockhurst they're not going to beat themselves," Wright said. "They're not going to put the ball on the ground. They're going to play extremely hard, and they're going to be well-coached."
Rockhurst's seamless running attack was the main indication.
Junior tailback Sal Belfonte's 22-yard touchdown with 8:41 remaining in the first quarter put the Hawklets up 7-0 and was the first blow in a one-sided fight.
No matter how much pressure the Kewpies generated on University of Illinois-bound quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase, the 6-foot-3 inch senior managed to slip outside the pocket and make plays.
"Those guys only come around every so often," Wright said of Scheelhaase. "We had a game plan that we weren't going to do down sitting. We were going to bring it and try to frustrate him and try to get some sacks. We had guys in position to make some plays, but the guy is so elusive."
Scheelhaase had two rushing touchdowns in the first half, including a 5-yard scramble that put the Hawklets up 28-0 with 4:05 left in the second quarter.
As effective as the Rockhurst offense was, the Kewpies offense was just as inefficient.
The Kewpies managed 34 total yards by halftime while turning the ball over twice.
Hickman failed to sustain drives all night and produced five first downs to Rockhurst's 16.