COLUMBIA — To the untrained eye, the football field at Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic High School isn't much. A small row of bleachers, an unfinished press box and rolling hills are all the scenery the field has to offer. But that little patch of land will be electrified Friday when the Tolton Trailblazers (2-5) host South Callaway for their "Homestaying" game and first Senior Night.
The name was changed from Homecoming to "Homestaying" due to Tolton's lack of alumni.
South Callaway (6-1) vs. Father Tolton Regional Catholic (2-5)
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: Tolton High School
The game itself will be just one of the highlights of the day with the "Homestaying" dance starting right after.
Football coach Chad Masters has been making sure his players won't be distracted by the pomp and circumstance.
"I tell them to be in the moment," Masters said. "When you're in the classroom, do school work. When you're out on the practice field, it's all football. When practice is over, it's back to doing what you've got to do. Bottom line is be in the moment and focus on what you're doing at the time."
The Trailblazers head into Friday riding an impressive wave of momentum after beating Missouri Military Academy 58-6 last Friday. The win broke the record for most offensive points in a game and the record for total offense with 413 yards (281 pass, 132 rush). The game also marked the first time Tolton won consecutive games, having beaten Harrisburg 41-0 on Oct. 4.
Tolton's defense has stepped up in the past two weeks with five sacks, two forced fumbles and three interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown. The defense will have to keep its momentum since South Callaway beat the Trailblazers 55-14 in 2012.
On the offensive side, quarterback Christian Elliott continues to be the offense's most productive weapon. Elliott ran for 267 yards with seven touchdowns and threw for 228 yards and a touchdown in Tolton's two wins this season.
Elliott said he's making an effort to tune out distractions for the game.
"If it's not positive, I don't listen to it," Elliott said. "I stay in my zone, make sure my guys are locked in, and do my thing."
Senior center Orrie Hemme said he's pumped for his final game at Tolton.
"South Callaway is a good opponent," Hemme said. "So we're going to game plan for them and do everything we can to make it a good game and make it our third game in a row."
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