Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Deep-Seated Long-Running CBC-Sluh Battle Makes Move to a New Venue

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Deep-Seated Long-Running CBC-Sluh Battle Makes Move to a New Venue

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The football complex at CBC was not designed with a vision of the onslaught that will occur tonight when the Cadets and St. Louis University High get together for their 70th anniversary bash.

The football game that will determine the Class 5A District 5 championship will be only part of the story. The scene surrounding the field could be equally competitive when 6,000 fans wage a battle for an estimated 3,000 bleacher seats.

The rest of the sellout crowd will squeeze into whatever space can be found to watch the Cadets (9-0) face the Jr. Billikens (7-2) at 7:30. No tickets will be sold at the gate. The game marks the start of a new era in the rivalry after the schools played 29 successive years at Busch Stadium. Returned to cozy campus sites, both coaches expect fewer people in smaller venues to create nothing short of bedlam. "When you put 6,000 in a 60,000-seat stadium it doesn't seem like much," SLUH coach Gary Kornfeld said. "This will be a real electric atmosphere. That's all the kids have been talking about. I know it's created a lot of buzz on my phone for tickets. People know it's a special event because not everybody in St. Louis can go like in the past." CBC had temporary bleachers installed on the track around the field to provide seats for half the crowd. There also will be room for several hundred people to sit on a knoll in the east end zone. "It will be electric as opposed to a vacuum," CBC coach Bryan Hagerty said. "Busch is a marvelous place to play, but it's such a vast expanse. I hope it helps the rivalry. But ultimately the rivalry has to do with competitiveness. The best thing would be for CBC to reel off 10 wins in a row." The Cadets have struggled for wins against the Jr. Billikens. CBC broke a five-game losing streak in the series with an 18-12 win last year, however, SLUH holds a 47-20-2 advantage. The Cadets have not won back-to-back games against SLUH since 1966 and '67. To maintain that trend, the Jr. Bills must find a way to slow CBC's run-and-shoot, no-huddle offense, which is averaging 45.3 points. At midweek it appeared the weather might be an ally for SLUH, but the forecast indicates the most the Jr. …

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