ST CHARLES — Hickman’s season was over in 20 minutes.
At 6:58 p.m., just a few minutes before kickoff, energy was flowing through the Hickman football team's sideline. The student section was making up for the lack of home field advantage, chanting “We are Hickman,” and “Kewpies over everything.”
By 7:18 p.m., the crowd was silent, and the Kewpies were stunned. Host Francis-Howell stormed out to a 21-0 lead just more than seven minutes into the game.
A 42-yard touchdown run from Donte Harrell and two touchdown passes from Mike Glass got the Vikings off to a fast start in a 45-0 win over the Kewpies on Friday night to capture the Class 6, District 3 championship.
“We never got settled,” Hickman coach Arnel Monroe said. “We came in here higher than we should have been and not focused like we should have been. I take full responsibility.”
Hickman was trailing 28-0 by the end of the first quarter. Of the Kewpies’ five drives in the first quarter, three ended in punts and two ended in fumbles without Hickman recording a single first down.
“There’s no coaching for a lack of execution,” Monroe said. “We have to settle down and try to play football.”
While the Hickman crowd attempted to provide some energy to open the second half, the celebration continued on the Francis-Howell sidelines. The Vikings scored just 49 seconds into the second half, Glass once again finding an opening in Hickman’s secondary.
The Kewpies didn’t want to end the season this way. The huge victory left the Hickman seniors in tears, Monroe confused and in an uphill battle for the team’s football program.
“We’ve built the foundation stone,” Monroe said. “We’re losing a lot of kids to the new high school, so it’s going to be an uphill climb from here.”
The Kewpies had their best season in recent memory, finishing with a 9-2 record. With two victories over Rock Bridge and one over Jefferson City, Hickman had a flare for the dramatic and came within a game of the district championship.
But the end result of the 2012 season for Hickman was the same as 2011 — a playoff loss at Francis-Howell.
“We’ve had an inconsistent showing here,” Monroe said.