Ladue proved to be as good as advertised.
Playing in the opening round of Class 4 District 3 football action, the top-seeded Rams cruised to a 51-8 win over eighth-seeded Pacific Thursday at St. Louis University High School.
“Ladue is a good team. They have a lot of speed and a lot of talent. They’re big up front and the quarterback is a smart player,” said Pacific Head Coach George Hinkle. “It’s tough on us when we’re down to our fourth-string quarterback who should be playing receiver. I thought our kids competed very well. We kept battling, but just didn’t capitalize on some opportunities.”
Ladue (9-1) will host fifth-seeded Priory (6-4) in the district semifinals Wednesday at 7 p.m.
“I think Ladue will be able to match up with anyone they play,” Hinkle said.
Pacific (2-8) will begin working toward next season.
“We’re disappointed with our 2-8 record. As a coach, I appreciate the effort and commitment our young men gave us,” Hinkle said. “With all of our injuries, we had to move a lot of them around to different positions. They responded to that very well.”
The Rams held leads of 20-0 after one quarter and 30-0 at halftime.
The highlight of the first half was an interception return of 84 yards by Udell Hyde.
Pacific scored on a five-yard touchdown run by Ashton Moore in the fourth quarter.
Hermann advanced in Class 2 District 6 with a 34-27 home win Thursday over Hallsville.
The fourth-seeded Bearcats (6-4) will visit top-seeded Blair Oaks (9-1) in the district semifinals Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Blair Oaks won Thursday over Father Tolton, 60-7.
Trailing 27-26, Hermann took the lead for good on a touchdown run by Garrett Leimkuehler with 43 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. The two-point conversion was good, making the score 34-27.
After falling behind 7-0, the Bearcats scored 26 unanswered points to grab a 26-7 lead in the second quarter.
Hermann led 26-14 at halftime.
Bearcats quarterback Craig Winkelmann rushed for three touchdowns in the game.