Tough defense was the hallmark of the Christian Brothers Academy football team's late-season surge into the Section II, Class AA playoffs.
But there was nothing that the Brothers defense could do to stop quarterback Jared Henkel, tailback Marquis Terrell and the LaSalle Institute offense Sunday in Troy.
Henkel completed 11 of 21 passes for more than 200 yards and two touchdowns, and Terrell rushed for more than 100 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Cadets to a 47-22 victory over CBA in the Sectional quarterfinals.
At the end of the third quarter, I thought there were no weaknesses on this (LaSalle) team, said CBA coach Matt Gormley. "They can throw the ball well, and they have some size (up front)."
LaSalle (7-1) first attacked CBA (3-5) through the air. Henkel hit Josh Brown on a 5-yard touchdown pass to get the Cadets on the scoreboard, and then he connected with Lou DiNovo on a 60-yard scoring strike to give LaSalle a 14-0 lead.
Things continued to go LaSalle's way in the second quarter. Terrell capped the Cadets' third offensive series with a 1-yard touchdown run to make the score 21-0. Then, Brown recovered a CBA fumble and returned it 22 yards for another touchdown to increase LaSalle's lead to 27 points.
CBA's offense was stuck in neutral until LaSalle coach Al Rapp decided to attempt a fake punt deep in Cadets' territory late in the second quarter. The pass fell incomplete, giving the Brothers a first down near LaSalle's 20-yard line with 1:06 left. Quarterback Andrew Vivian completed the short series with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Justin Marini to give CBA seven points and a little momentum heading into halftime.
"We had our (punt) block on, and we put a lot of pressure on their other two punts. So, they probably thought about that and tried for the fake," said Gormley.