Top ranked Class 1 Valle Catholic (Ste. Genevieve) scored three
touchdowns in the game’s first 6 minutes and rolled to a 51-22 victory
over cross town rival Ste. Genevieve Friday night. Sr. QB Connor Basler
threw for 299 yards and 4 TD’s on 14-22 and added 9 carries for 90 yards
and a touchdown.
Valle’s high powered, quick tempo spread, went 8 plays and 63 yards with
the opening drive and Jr. fullback Tristan Huck scored from the 1. Sr.
Devon Kutz added his first of 7 extra points for a 7-0 Warrior lead with
9:08 to go in the first.
The Dragons fumbled on their first play from scrimmage and the Warriors
recovered at the SG 21. Basler immediately hit Sr. slot receiver Nick
Oberle over the middle for a TD and a 14-0 lead 18 seconds later.
After stopping the Dragons on 3rd and inches on the following
possession, the Warriors took over at their own 39 following a punt.
Again, Basler went deep on the first play and found Jr. WR Cole Wood for
a 61 yard touchdown pass and Valle had a commanding 21-0 advantage with
6:39 remaining in quarter one.
Ste. Gen bounced back and went 54 yards in 6 plays with Jr. RB Austin
Brewer going the final 14 for the score with 4:34 left in the high
scoring opening frame. Dalton Giesler’s point made it 21-7.
Valle Catholic answered immediately on an 8 play, 57 yard drive, and
Basler went 27 yards down the left sidelines on 3rd and 10 for the TD
and the Warriors lead was 27-7 and still 2:18 left in the quarter.
Following a SG punt that rolled dead at the 2 early in quarter 2, the
Warriors drove 98 yards in only 5 plays, with Basler again finding
Oberle, who caught 8 passes for 127 yards, for a 50 yard TD pass, and a
34-7 advantage with 9:45 to go in the half.
The lead lengthened just over 2 minutes later when Valle took over at
the SG 46 after a Dragon fake punt attempt failed. Four plays later
Basler threw his 4th TD pass to Jr. Tristan Rollhaus from 40 yards out
and it was 41-7. Kutz then added a 35 yard FG with 4:36 to go in the
half and it was 44-7.
Ste. Gen added a TD late in the half following a short punt as they
travelled 21 yards in 4 plays and Jr. QB Wyatt Lalumandier scored from
the 7 with :12 left to make it 44-14 at halftime. Lalumandier had 11
carries for 58 yards.
The Dragons made it interesting late in quarter 3 with a 6 play, 74 yard
drive, following an interception by Jr. Brandon Hinson, and a 58 yard
Lalumandier to Brewer 58 yard TD throw on a wheel route with :48 left.
Brewer ran in the 2-point conversion to bring the Dragons within 44-22.
The final score of the evening came in the 4th as Valle went 14 plays
and 65 yards with Huck going the final two for his 2nd TD. That came
with 7:44 left and extended the lead to 51-22.
The game was marred by numerous penalties. The Dragons had 13 penalties
in the first half alone, most of them for holding. The Dragons also had
3 turnovers, all fumbles.
The Warriors ended the night with 507 total yards on 57 plays, 299
passing and 208 on the ground, an average of 8.9 yards per play. Ste.
Gen had 55 plays for 293 yards with 206 on the ground, and 4-13 passing
for an additional 87 yards. Each team had 13 first downs.
Ste. Genevieve (1-1) hosts New Madrid County Central (0-2) Friday night
while Valle (2-0) will have a rematch of last year’s Class 1 State
Championship game against Westran (1-1) Saturday afternoon at St.
Francis Borgia High School in Washington. You can hear both games LIVE
or archived on Prepcasts Ste. Genevieve.