If their stats counted, Tolton’s Robert Hunter and C.J. Campbell would be hot picks for fantasy football owners this week.
The Trailblazers advanced to the district semifinals for the fourth straight year on the back of Campbell’s and Hunter’s unbelievable performances Friday night.
In Tolton’s 59-20 blowout of Hermann, Hunter went 16-for-31 for 324 yards and six touchdowns. Nearly all of that came in the first half. Tolton led 27-0 after the first quarter and 46-6 at the half.
Midway through the fourth quarter, as Hunter paced the sidelines, the announcement rang out from the press box that he’d broken his previous passing records: 3,033 yards and 26 touchdowns on the season.
Hunter had a few people to thank for his success: coaches, the offensive line, his running backs and his receivers.
One receiver in particular helped him out on Friday. Campbell finished the game with seven catches for 203 yards and four touchdowns. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, Campbell added a 50-yard punt return for a touchdown, a forced fumble and an interception.
“If I had to sum up his performance in one word: explosive,” Tolton assistant coach Matt Gibson said.
Hermann didn’t have an answer for Campbell on either side of the ball.
“I hope they saw the heart and dedication, not just from me but from my teammates as well,” Campbell said.
Dedication paid off for junior running back Connor Fogue on the night as well. With his 70 yards rushing on the night, his season total is over the 1,000 yard mark: 1,018, to be exact. He also added two ground scores, an interception and a safety .
Fogue entered the night nervous about not making the mark. In the third quarter, Hunter stood in the backfield with his running back.
“You know, Connor, I don’t have to give the ball to you if I don’t want to,” Hunter said.
“He said, ‘Shut up and give me the ball,’” Hunter laughed.
It was a big night for the Trailblazers, and one that prolongs their season. Next Friday, Tolton will visit undefeated Blair Oaks, which crushed California 70-0 in its first-round game.
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