They waited through the first quarter and then the second.
They waited through halftime as Hickman’s boys’ swimming team ran around the field in nothing but Speedos.
Finally, with the third quarter nearly halfway completed, the waiting was over.
In a battle between two top-five teams in the state, 28 1/2 minutes had to go by on the game clock before either Hickman or Rockhurst could score.
The Hawklets eventually won the defensive struggle 14-7 by wearing down the front four of Hickman.
“We knew our defense was going to have to keep us in games,” Rockhurst coach Tony Severino said, “especially against teams like this.”
Besides Cedric Alvis’ electrifying 67-yard touchdown reception, the Hawklets surrendered just 57 offensive yards and two first downs all night.
No matter what Hickman did on the offensive side, the Hawklets defense had the answer. It swarmed over running backs Brandon Kendrick and Aaron Cawlfield with a reckless abandon.
“They whipped us up front and they whipped us on the edges,” Hickman coach Gregg Nesbitt said. “We just didn’t block very well.”
Bouncing back from a close loss to a ranked opponent is something Nesbitt said his team would have to do.
Nesbitt will see how well his team bounces back when the Kewpies (1-1) travel to play
Parkway South (1-1) at 7 p.m. Friday. It will mark the first road game of the season for Hickman.
The Patriots defeated Northwest House Springs 59-20 on the road Friday. Junior Kirk Stilwell accounted for four touchdowns, two passing, one rushing and one kickoff return.
Nesbitt said Friday’s game was a good barometer for what Hickman needs to improve on.
“Offensively, we think we’ve got to get a lot better,” Nesbitt said. “Regardless if we win or lose, we’re going to be doing the same thing tomorrow, and that’s trying to get better.”
Although it is hard to take positives away from a loss, Nesbitt said Hickman is still optimistic.
“We’re not interested in losing,” Nesbitt. “In the same breath, we feel like we got the ability level and the toughness to play with most anybody in the state.”