District Champion Night

Bob-RyanDistrict Championship Night saw many come-back rallies that led to victory. Yes…there were some real lopsided victories but the suspense of these rallies ruled the night….

….At Jackson, Vianney jumped to a 35-3 halftime lead. Nolan Snyder had 3 TD receptions and the Golden Griffins seemed “in charge”. The 2nd half started without much fanfare as the Indians punted on their first two possessions. Then the explosion started! Scoring on their next 3 possessions and a total of 36 unanswered points, Jackson prevails 39-35. All of the 2nd half TD’s were passes from Jeremy Elliot who piled up 478 passing yards with his 5 TD passes. This offensive-filled game saw Vianney generate 408 yards (254-passing; 154-rushing). Watch this thrilling REPlay—

…Behind 26-7 at half, a perennial Class 5 powerhouse, Ft Osage remained calm in the locker room as they “kept the course” against a fired up Winnetonka team. The Griffins (8-3) had piled up an incredible 276 yards while building their lead over the Indians. The 2nd half saw a different Ft Osage team. Scoring on their 1st possession of the 2nd half as Skylar Thompson scored on a 10 yard run, the tide seemed to begin to turn. Early in the 4th, Jonah Tuimaseve intercepted a slant pass to took it all the down to the 3 yard line. It was punched over – score now 26-21. On the next possession and with a short field, the Indians controlled the LOS and scored again to take a 29-26 lead. But…it wasn’t over…the Griffins marched deep into Indian territory with an impressive drive. Again the Indian defense made the play. Josh Tuimaseve picked up a fumble that was forced by his brother, and rambled 80 yards down the field to put the icing on the 36-26 victory. Ft Osage outscored the Griffins 29-0 in the 2nd half!

..btw….Prepcasts will hold their 2nd annual Road to the Dome – leading up to this weekend’s games. You’ll hear from Coaches in all six classifications in the next 3 weeks with the first presentation this Thursday at 7:00pm. Enjoy and learn about these STATE tournament teams directly from their coaches! Click this link to listen to the SHOW …


…Trailing 28-6 at half and still on the short end of a 28-13 score at the end of 3 quarter, the Ladue Rams looked to be in deep trouble against the Webster Groves Statesman (7-2). The 4th quarter saw the “Rally Magic” of the night! Ladue’s Daylen Edwards 14 yard TD scamper at the 10:34 mark cut the deficit to 28-17—still 2 scores. With 7:39 left in the game, the momentum really turned as Mario Whitley scored on a blocked punt from 45 yards out. Finally with only 36 seconds left in the game, Jack Fox shocked everyone as he raced in for the score from 37 yards out to give Ladue their only lead of the game 34-28.  Listen to the REPlay …

…behind 21-7 to Blue Springs, the Rockhurst Hawklets knew that they had an uphill climb. After all, the Wildcats were the 2X defending Class 6 Champions. Rockhurst scored 21 straight points to grab a 28-27 lead. This game was far from over. With 6:51 left in the game Cobi Bissell punched in a 1 yard TD run to cut the lead to 28-27. After a Hawklet penalty on the PAT, Blue Springs went for the 2 point conversion. QB Ian Brown rolled out, saw nothing he liked so he ducked into the end zone to give the Wildcats the 29-28 lead. At this point, Rockhurst turned in over to Jr. AJ Taylor. The running back had been told during the week to expect a heavy dose of work. He led the Hawklets down the field with run after run. It came down to a 4th & goal with 2:16 left. Taylor plunged over left tackle. In the officials view, he had crossed the goal line (barely) for the winning TD. Rockhurst wins 34-29. This epic battle came down to an inch—one way or the other—what a great game! Remember, Rockhurst’s only loss was in week 1 to undefeated Class 4 Champ-Webb City.

Some rallies fell just short…

…in the Class 5, District 6 Championship game, Carthage piled up a 35-6 halftime lead over Williard. Tiger QB Alex Derryberry had 4 TD tosses in the first half. The 2nd half was completely opposite. Both teams moved the ball up and down the field. It was really wild—punts were a foreign object! When Williard scored with just under 2:30 left, the Williard Tigers had cut the lead to 48-47! Williard decided to go for 2 points and the win. Cathage made a diving tackle to save the 2-point conversion and Carthage prevailed 48-47! There was plenty of offense for each side-Carthage had 487 total yards while Williard finished with 459.

…Cape Central never trailed. The opening kickoff return saw Al Young scamper 90 yards for the TD. However, the quick striking Tigers had a genuine battle with the Hillsboro Hawks. Cape also scored quickly on their 1st drive of the 2nd half to build a 28-14 lead. Hillsboro answered—the Hawks assembled a 13 play drive when Chris Walsh scored his 3rd TD of the game to make it 28-21. Central came right back with a scoring drive of their own to stretch the lead back to 35-21 late in the 3rd quarter. Hawks running back Trey Terry’s 41 yard gallop highlighted the Hawks next drive which again cut it to a 7 point margin 35-28. Each team scored again on their next possession so now it was 42-35, Cape Central. Finally, on the final play of the game, Hillsboro’s Sam Mock’s pass fell incomplete to end this thrilling game. Taking a page out of the past, Hillsboro did it all on the ground—400 yards on 66 carries and 0 for 3 in the passing game!

…not a monumental number like some of the earlier scores, the California Pintos (#2 rated, 12-0) needed late heroics to upend the #8 team in STATE, the Blair Oaks Falcons. After a back-forth first half with the lead changing hands frequently, at the 7:38 of the 4th, the Pintos took their first lead since the 2nd quarter as Jaden Barr connected with Landon Mouse on a 20 yard TD strike. Blair Oaks came right back and scored in just four plays when QB Jordan Hair hit C.J.Closser for a 36 yard TD pass with just 6:11 left in the game. California then started its 11 play drive that culminated when Jose Magana kicked his career FIRST FG with only 1:25 left from 35 yards out! The Pintos advance with the 32-30 victory.

…some explosive offensive machines clicked ahead

…Kirkwood steamrolled Lafayette 56-9 … Click here for that REPlay … while CBC manhandled long-time foe, Hazelwood Central 45-0. Click here for that REPlay …     This sets up a terrific Class 6 semifinal matchup.

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Punching Ticket to District Title Match!

Bob-RyanPunching Ticket to District Title Match!

Next weekend will bring us the District Finals for all classifications….let’s take a look at some of the story lines of the semifinals…

How about some OT to start things off…in Class 5, District 1, #1 seed, the Jackson Indians, had to go overtime to beat a fired-up #5 seeded, Oakville Tiger team 41-35! This thrilling see-saw battle saw the Indians holding a 14 point lead at half 21-7 but when Jackson fumbled the KO to start the 2nd half and the Tigers pushed it across for the TD, momentum switched quickly. Oakville tied it up at 21-21 at the end to 3 quarters to set the stage for the 4th quarter. The final quarter saw both teams moving up and down the field for 2 TD’s each. At the final buzzer, it was still tied 35-35. Jackson’s Xominique Davis caught the TD pass in the OT but the kick failed. Oakville punched out a quick 1st down only to have the ball fumbled when the QB was scrambling trying to elude the heavy pressure. When Jackson recovered, it was over 41-35. Next week Jackson faces Vianney for the 2nd time this year. In the 2nd week of the season, the Indians edged Vianney 30-23. This time for the Class 5, District 1 title.

 Click here to VIEW that REPlay …

The turning point of the game…..Blue Springs avenged the earlier 31-13 loss to the Ray-Pec Panthers (7-3) as the Wildcats raced to a 40-17 win on Friday. A fumble with only 11 seconds left in the 2nd quarter gave the Wildcats possession on the Panther 2 yard line. A pass from Ian Brown to Terrance Sanders, followed by a 2 point conversion made it 17-10 Blue Springs. That play seemed to be the moment that turned the tide in this game. Rockhurst will host Blue Springs on Friday for the Class 6, District 4 title.

 Bouncing back from a 41-6 defeat? Gateway STEM lost their regular season game to Miller Career 41-6. Most observers felt that this semifinal game would be more of the same—the #5 Jaguars visiting the top seeded Phoenix. BUT WAIT JUST A MINUTE! Shocking almost everyone, Gateway STEM (7-4) shocks Miller Career (9-2) 7-6 as soccer star, Amir Osmanovic, booted the winning PAT. Both TD’s came in the 2nd quarter so no one expected the 7-6 lead to “stand up” for the rest of the game.But….it did! Congrats to Coach Jason Dulick and his staff for a huge win for his program! The Jags will now face the unbeaten #2 seed, Affton Cougars (10-0), at Affton for the Class 4, District 2 title.

The quietest 9 win team of the State? …. The Orchard Farm Eagles notched their 9th win of the 2014 season has they handled Centralia 35-13. The Eagles of the Gateway North finished 2nd in their conference to St Charles West so major headlines avoided them during the regular season. Now the #1 seed of Class 3, District 5 with 9-2 record hosts the #2 seed, Macon (8-3). Macon barely escaped O’Fallon Christian 20-19 on Friday!!

 Best comeback of the night? … Easy one…it’s the St. Francis Borgia Knights. Falling behind by 13 points in the first 4 minutes of the game to the Union Wildcats, it was going to be an uphill battle all night. It was still 29-7 Union midway in the 2nd quarter and at halftime, Borgia was behind 37-14! On this chilly night, maybe…maybe-but not likely…some Knight fans wanted to leave at half. But…what a 2nd half it was for #2 seed, Borgia. Scoring 21 unanswered points in the 3rd quarter, the Knights were still behind 37-35. Justin Baylard ran for a TD, then threw the 2 point conversion with 9:29 left in the game. That made it 43-37 for the first Knights lead of the game. The Wildcats answered on a 5 yard pass from Blake Hulsey to Nick Eads from 5 yards out with 7:35 left but…the 2 point conversion failed and we were tied at 43-43. After all these offensive fireworks, it was a pick-6 by Hunter Warmack that ended the scoring with 3:43 left and Borgia(10-1) winning 50-43. #3 seed, Union’s season ends with a 9-2 record.

 Jays build huge lead early…. Elijah Pittman rushed for 301 yards on 21 carries for Jefferson City in their win over Ft Zumwalt West. The Jays built up a 42-7 lead but Ft Zumwalt West scored the last three TD’s of the game before falling 42-28 to the Jays. Jeff City will now travel to the #1 seed of Class 6, District 3- the Howell Vikings. Howell used a relentless defense that capitalized on two huge turnovers and a power run game led by Sutton Smith as they beat Blue Springs South 41-7. Watch the replay on

 Wildest scoring game of the week….57-50 was the final as Bishop DuBourg outlasted Soldan in a Class 3 District 2 game. DuBourg was behind 42-21 at half but scored 36 points in the 2nd half to notch the win. Maxwell Buck broke the tie of 50-50 when he he Thomas Kinney on a 52 yard TD pass with 5:18 left in the game.

Watch this exciting replay–

Ups & Downs in Single Game…Smithville raced out to a 31-10 lead early in the 2nd quarter. Platte County fought back to tie it at 31-31 in the 3rd quarter. Smithville grabbed lead again 38-31 only to see Pirates tie it again at 38. Finally with only 3:51 left, the Warriors started their final drive on their own 35 yard line. On the 6th play, Charlie Nihart raced across the goal line on a 15 yard run. Nihart was phenomenal all night. He scored on his first two touches of the night—15 & 71 yard TDs. With his final (3rd) TD, Nihart had racked up 312 yards in 35 carries as Smithville wins 44-38. Platte County finishes their season with a 9-2 mark. Smithville advances to the Class 4 District 8 title game against Kearney.

 Look who’s up next!!….Carl Junction (#3 ranked, Class 4 team) upended a feisty West Plains Zizzers team 28-21. Some early stellar defense and a long drive gave Carl Junction a 14-0 lead that they would not relinquish. Now, Carl Junction faces the #1 ranked team of Class 4 – the seemingly invincible Webb City Cardinals.

 End of an era….Waynesville’s Rick Vernon ended his 37 years of Football coaching on Friday when the Tigers fell to 21-17 to the Battle Spartans. The #3 seed, Battle scored with only 18.3 seconds remaining. Nash Sutherlin crossed the goal line on a 4 yard run to end the wonderful carerr of a highly successful coach (220-169). Battle now has the tall order of facing the top seed of Class 5, District 4- the Camdenton Lakers (9-2).

Vianney Freshman QB Leads the Way

SchulteThe Vianney Griffins (2-3) defeated the Holt Indians (0-5), 35-21 on Friday night with Freshman QB Tionne Harris leading the way. Harris took over the starting job for Junior QB Nick Voorhees after he sprained his knee in week 4 vs CBC. With a lot of help from his big offensive line, Harris ran for 202 yards and passed for 154 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Holt Indians jumped out to a 7-0 lead with 3:08 left in the first quarter as QB Emilio Monsivais ran it in from 1 yard out. The defenses on both sides would then take over until just before half. The Griffins tied it up on a 58 yd TD pass from Tionne Harris to Nolan Snyder with just 1:54 left in the 1st half. Holt would immediatly respond with a 4 yd TD pass from Emilio Monsivais to Nick Tompkins to give the Indians a 14-7 halftime lead.
The 3rd Quarter would belong to the Griffins as Mitchell Yant, Dominic LaFerla, Nick Hardwick, Jake Lyon, and Liam Studdard would pave the way for the Vianney offense. Nolan Snyder caught his second TD from Tionne Harris from 24 yards out to even the score up at 14 with 5:49 left in the 3rd. Just few minutes later Harris would find Dillon Heeb for a  24 yard TD  to give the Griffins their first lead of the game 21-14. Starting safety Devin Marty also got the start at running back and ran for 106 yards and 2 TD’s in the 4th quarter. Marty’s first TD came with 9:08 left in the game from 6 yards out to make the score 28-14. It was critical for the Griffins to get production from Marty, especially after Jordon Hardwick had to leave the game with a leg injury. The Indians would not go quietly as they scored on their next drive. Emilio Monsivais would find RB Brendan Lenac on a short pass that he would take 74 yards down the sideline to cut the lead in half 28-21. Emilio Monsivais would finish the game with 242 total yards and 3 TD’s.  The Griffins offensive line would help seal the win with a long, methodical run heavy drive that was capped off by a 2 yd TD run by Devin Marty with just 2:35 left in the game. The Griffins would hold on to the 35-21 win.
The Griffins are back in action at home on Friday vs MCC rival Chaminade, While Holt will be at Fort Zumwalt East on Saturday.

Good News and Bad News from Vianney

SchulteThe Vianney Griffins (1-1) dropped their home opener to the Jackson Indians (2-0), 30-23 on Friday night. This night was highlighted before the kickoff by an enthusiastic rededication to the new field surface and track at Don Heeb Field. The large crowd saw the #2 ranked team in Class 5, the Jackson Indians get off to a great start. The Indians sprinted to a 16-0 lead in the 1st quarter with the arm and legs of all-state quarterback Dante Vandeven. Vandeven had TD passes of  57 yards and 13 yards right after the Indians defense started the scoring with a safety. The Griffins cut the lead in half with 10:47 left in the 2nd quarter with a 16 yd TD pass from Nick Voorhees to Kyle Markway. The 2 pt conversion was successful as Voorhees connected with Markway again to make the score 16-8. The Indians took advantage of great field position after a high snap on a punt with just 54 seconds left in the half. Dante Vandeven increased to lead to 23-8 with a 4 yd td run with just 18 seconds left in the half.
Nolan Snyder started the second half strong for the Griffins with a 70 yd kickoff return that set Vianney up at Jackson’s 20 yd line. The Griffins missed a great chance as Jordon Hardwick lost a fumble inside the 5 yard line. Vandeven and the Indians made the Griffins pay as they would go 97 yards on a scoring drive capped off by a 7 yd TD run by Vandeven making the score 30-8. The Griffins would not give up as Voorhees connected with Nolan Snyder down the middle of the field for an 82 yd touchdown strike. The Griffins would then convert another 2 pt conversion from Hardwick to Markway cutting the deficit to 30-16 with 8:08 left in the 3rd quarter. There would not be any more scoring until 5:32 left in the game when freshman runningback Tionne Harris took the halfback option and tossed it downfield to Nolan Snyder for a 43 yd touchdown cutting the lead to 30-23. Vianney would get the ball back and were driving when they were stopped around midfield when time expired. The Indians held on to a hard fought 30-23 win.
Dante Vandeven finished with 363 total yards from scrimmage and 4 tds.  Nick Voorhees led the Griffins with 230 yds passing and 2 TD’s, while also rushing for 38 yards. Nolan Snyder also had a big night with 234 yards receiving and a 70 yard kickoff return for the Griffins. Click here for the replay …
Jackson will be back in St. Louis in week 3 as they will travel to Marquette. The Griffins will get their MCC conference season started as they will take on SLUH on the road. Vianney @ SLUH can be seen on the Vianney Sports Network. Kickoff is set for 7.  Click here to view that game …

Check out the New Football Show – Prepcasts LLI – Week 2

prepcasts facebook profilePrepcasts is proud to announce the continuation of our addition to our Friday night high school football coverage.  This Friday night at 6:30, we will continue the Prepcasts Live Listen In (LLI) show. Prepcasts will continue to bring you our featured Friday night games, but the Prepcasts LLI show will only enhance the coverage. Hosted this week by Tim Miller, the Prepcasts LLI show will run until around 10:00, and it will provide coverage of all of our featured games in addition to updated scores from high school football contests across the St. Louis area and from our affiliates in Ste. Gen and KCMW. In addition, we will bring you pre-game and post-game analysis of all our featured games from our Prepcasts broadcast crews.
So remember, the Prepcasts LLI show will air live every Friday night from 6:30 – 10:00 and, as an added bonus, all shows will be archived for on-demand listening at your convenience, free of charge. Click here for that show …

The Prepcasts Broadcasting Network Promotes MDA

MDA logoThis would be the weekend that you would always stay up late and watch Jerry Lewis do his annual fundraising on his telethon.  With his retirement the torch has been passed to the communities and to us.

The Prepcasts Broadcasting Network will try to do their part to keep this need alive this weekend.  We will be promoting what MDA is doing in the Kansas City area on those broadcasts and what St. Louis is doing with the KSDK-TV mini telethon on the east side of the state broadcasts.

Here is a link about the Kansas City Lock-UP … http://www2.mda.org/site/TR/Lock-Up/77-675-KansasCityDistrict?fr_id=12019&pg=entry and a link about the telethon … http://archive.ksdk.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=335464

The broadcasts will also be presenting PSA’s from celebrities during the broadcasts as well.

Thanks for those that have already supported MDA and please give what you can when the Firefighter’s come around with their boots this weekend.


Vianney Football Wins on the Road, Now Coming Home

SchulteThe Vianney Griffins kicked off their 2014 season in very impressive fashion with a 42-13 victory vs Francis Howell North. The Griffins used a balanced attack on both sides of the ball to pull away from the Knights. Junior quarterback Nick Voorhees led the way with 256 total yards passing and running and 4 TD’s. Senior Nolan Snyder also had a big night with 3 touchdowns (2 receiving, and a 25 yd interception return). Senior captains and top prospects Jordon Hardwick and Kyle Markway also had big nights on both sides of the ball for the Griffins. Elijah Keely had a standout performance for the Knights as he scored both TD’s, a 3 yd TD run and a 92 yd kickoff return. It wasn’t nearly enough as the Griffins pulled away for a 42-13 victory.
The scoring started in the 1st quarter for the Griffins on a 3rd down play,  it was a 24 yd TD pass from Nick Voorhees to Jordon Hardwick. Voorhees continued his great play in the 2nd quarter with a perfect ball down the sideline to Nolan Snyder for a 40 yd TD pass with 4:55 left in the 1st half. The Knights anwered to pull within a touchdown at half with a 3 yd Td run by Elijah Keely with 1:30 left in the half. Just 54 seconds into the second half Nolan Snyder picked off a Konner Fitzgerald and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown. Griffins led 20-7 after the extra point failed. Another Nick Voorhees TD pass to Nolan Snyder and a successsful 2 pt conversion run by  Jordon Hardwick pushed the lead to  28-7 with 5:10 left in the 3rd quarter. Senior RB Elijah Keely tried to keep Howell North in the game as he returned the ensuing kickoff 92 yards for a TD cutting the lead to 28-13. The 4th quarter was all Griffins, as TD runs by Jordon Hardwick and Nick Voorhees pushed the lead to 42-13.  Click here to View the replay …
Both teams are back in action on Friday night. The Knights will travel to Fort Zumwalt East to take on the Lions. While the Griffins will have their home opener  vs Jackson. Not only are the Griffins looking for revenge over a team that ended their season last year in the playoffs, but they will also have the grand opening of their facility upgrades at Don Heeb Field. Kickoff is set for 7, you can catch all the action on the Vianney Sports Network powered by Prepcasts.com.

Archive! – June 5 – HS Boys Baseball – Class 5 Semifinal – Vianney vs Francis Howell [Vianney Sports Network]

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Archive! – May 29 – HS Boys Baseball – Class 5 Quarter – Vianney vs Marquette [Vianney Sports Network]

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Archive! – May 27 – HS Boys Baseball – Class 5 Sectional – Vianney vs Poplar Bluff [Vianney Sports Network]

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