My Salute to Stars On and Off the Field: Congratulations Cadets

A lot of attention in Saint Louis has been on the Rams game Sunday where five players made a “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” salute during pregame introductions. This angered many people including the St. Louis Police Officers Association and the controversy continues. Businesses including several Saint Louis restaurants and bars are withdrawing active support of the Rams, structuring promotions and specials around the Chiefs instead of Rams games.

The Edward Jones Dome hosted another football face-off over the weekend that many Rams and Chiefs fans followed. I believe it was a better contest than the Rams shut out of the Raiders. T. J. Green, the son of former Rams and Chiefs quarterback Trent Green, took the field against the Cadets of Christian Brothers College High School, or CBC. I know it was a more important game to me.

The CBC defense pressured Green all night, producing 7 sacks, the second most in Show-Me Bowl history! The Cadets rallied past Rockhurst High 31-24 to win the Missouri Class 6 championship. It was CBC’s first ever state championship. The Cadets 2014 season is filled with impressive statistics; 695 points for season offensively while giving up only 125 points. That is an average of beating opponents 50 to 9!

Saturday night was not CBC’s first trip to the Dome. Coach Scott Pingel and the Cadets earned a trip to the state championship bowl in 2006 and 2011 without bringing home the trophy.

I had the good fortune to meet Coach Pingel when he was a wide receiver playing for the River City Rage and the Show Me Believers. His gridiron credentials include a stint playing for Germany’s Russelsheim Razorbacks, where he led the European league in receptions, yards and touchdowns. Prior to coaching and teaching math at CBC, Pingel was the offensive coordinator for his Alma Mater, Westminster College, from 2002-2004. In 2003, American Football Monthly identified him as one of the “Top 10 Hottest Division III Coaches in America.”

I’m no authority on football, but I can attest the coach is a quality person of good character. I believe Pingel is an excellent role model on and off the field for the Cadets. I first met the coach and his family when I was making some changes in my personal game plan after a loss. He and his family extended their friendship and kindness at a time when I needed it. I have great memories of going to games and events with the Pingels.

It has been years since I have seen Coach Pingel and his family. I keep up with them on social media and through friends. I want to send him a salute and to all the CBC cadets for a job well done. I’m going with a thumbs up salute.

Congratulations to the CBC Cadets.

Congratulations to the CBC Cadets.

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