Dalton Demos could be the best quarterback to ever play football at CBC. He and his teammates spent the fall season rewriting the program’s record book. He now owns five quarterback records and the Cadets finished 13-1, the best record in the program’s history. Last week, he was named to the Missouri Football Coaches Association All-State first team. He was chosen ahead of the SLUH’s Trevor McDonagh (second team), Fort Zumwalt West’s Drew Hare (another record setter) and Howell’s Eric Siebenshuh. Demos finished his season with 2,764 yards, 34 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He also ran for five touchdowns.
That’s an impressive resume for an impressive season. But Demos, 18, would trade it away in a heartbeat if it meant walking off the field a winner in his last game.
That one loss the Cadets took was in the Class 6 state title game at the Edward Jones Dome. Blue Springs South edged CBC 40-37 to win the championship.
Demos passed for 330 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions that night. It was a good game but not his best. One of those interceptions was taken all the way back for a touchdown. The other came on what would be CBC’s last attempt to move the ball downfield to either tie or win the game. “It’s going to sting for awhile,” the 6-foot-5, 185-pound Demos says.
The Cadets knew they had a chance at something special last fall when they finished up 10-2 and lost a knock-down, drag-out quarterfinal to Hazelwood Central. The returning players recognized there was a unique opportunity this fall and set about maximizing it. They grinded through offseason workouts and 7-on-7 summer camps. When they went into Fort Zumwalt West, who beat them last year, and walked away a winner, it only reinforced what the Cadets could do. “We kept it going,” Demos says.
The Cadets powered past nearly everyone on their schedule. They clobbered SLUH in the semifinal to set up their second trip to the dome in school history. But once there, they couldn’t find their mojo against Blue Springs South. “They were just a really strong team,” Demos says.
Demos, who’s been a quarterback since he started playing the game in sixth grade, says the dome itself was something he had needed to adjust to. CBC played rival De Smet in the Edward Jones Dome during the regular season as part of the Great American Football Classic. But Demos says the intensity and atmosphere of that game was dwarfed by the state title game. “It was loud, that was the first thing I noticed. When we played De Smet, it wasn’t that loud,” Demos says. “I was screaming at the top of my lungs. It was abnormally loud.”
With his high school football career now complete, Demos is looking to break in with a college team. He received his first scholarship offer last week when Murray State asked if he would become part of their program. The Racers feature a high-octane attack, something that appeals to Demos. That’s the kind of offense he was at the wheel for all fall. “We had a deadly offense most of the year. I just happened to lead it,” he says. “I just did my job.” And he did it like no Cadet before him.