Valle Catholic 34, St. Pius 26
FESTUS, Mo. – Valle Catholic raced out to a dominant four-score lead, then held off a furious St. Pius comeback on Friday night to capture another I-55 conference title.
Carter Roth took over at quarterback in the fourth quarter, and scored his second rushing touchdown from 5 yards out to help the Warriors prevail 34-26 for their sixth straight win.
Michael Bollinger threw a 14-yard scoring pass to Jalen Thornton with 3:17 remaining, but the Lancers would not draw closer as Valle Catholic picked up a first down to drain the clock.
Roth rushed 14 times for 81 yards while also making nine tackles on defense. Kellen Blum had a team-high 10 tackles, and gained 80 yards on nine carries for the Warriors (7-2, 6-0).
Valle Catholic surged into halftime with a 28-0 lead after Chase Dunlap connected on a 25-yard scoring strike to top receiver Tyler Blum, who ended with 67 yards on four catches.
St. Pius (7-2, 4-2) benefited from five turnovers by the Warriors, however, and stormed back with three touchdowns and 20 consecutive points before the third quarter concluded.
Dustin Burch notched a pair of touchdown runs, and the Lancers got within 28-20 after Carson Fischer fired a 35-yard touchdown dart to Riley Naeger.
But the Valle Catholic defense sparkled in the first half. Lineman Jack Drury recorded two of the team’s five sacks, and recovered a fumble while Tyler Blum made his fourth interception of the season.
Kellen Blum spotted the Warriors a 7-0 lead with his 21-yard run, and Carter Roth scored with 9:47 left in the second quarter to make it 14-0.
Ryan Grein capped an ensuing 8-play drive with a 25-yard touchdown sweep, and was among six Valle players to catch at least one pass.
Dunlap was 10-of-21 overall for 185 yards plus two interceptions after being injured and missing two previous games.
Collin Grass compiled eight tackles to match Kyle Roth, and joined both Collin Parmer and Jacob Oliver by contributing one sack each to the win.
The Warriors are the No. 2 seed behind top-ranked Hayti in Class 1, District 1, and will welcome Chaffee in first-round action on Friday.
Ste. Genevieve 49, Brentwood 20
ST. LOUIS – Senior Chad Donze delivered perhaps his best performance as varsity quarterback, throwing four touchdown passes for Ste. Genevieve on Friday night.
He finished 20-of-25 overall for 271 yards, spreading the ball to four different receivers, and the Dragons posted 28 unanswered points to defeat Brentwood 49-20.
Austin Bullock rushed for two touchdowns while seniors Grant Staffen and Brady Boyer each provided a pair of scoring catches as Ste. Genevieve (7-2) amassed 422 total yards.
Class 1 program Brentwood (3-5) matched each of the Dragons’ three scores in the first half, and pulled within 21-20 when Courtland Hill returned a fumble 35 yards with 3:35 left in the second quarter.
Darien Brown countered with a key 14-yard touchdown run before halftime ahead of the kick by Donze, who was also a perfect 7-of-7 on extra points.
Ste. Genevieve seized greater command from there. Staffen caught an 18-yard touchdown in the third quarter, and Boyer added a 30-yard strike from Donze in the fourth.
Bullock capped the victory on a 3-yard run with 5:06 remaining, and tallied 47 yards on the ground while Brown contributed 48.
Staffen had 78 yards on four receptions, and opened the scoring with a 27-yard touchdown. Bullock got across from the 3 on the Dragons’ next possession.
But each of those scores was followed by long TD connections of 53 and 64 yards from quarterback Hill to Jon Danford, who compiled 132 yards on four catches overall.
Boyer secured a 7-yard toss to snap a 14-14 tie in the second quarter, and paced Ste. Genevieve with 110 yards on seven receptions.
Evan Walker, Clayton Kreitler and Jacob Kamadulski recorded sacks for the Dragons, and injured all-state lineman Isaac Boyd ended a streak of 31 consecutive starts.
Devon Bader chipped in six receptions for 60 yards in the triumph. Ste. Genevieve landed the No. 3 seed in the Class 3, District 1 playoffs, and will host Dexter in the first round.
Chris Hill made 14 primary tackles, Michael Jones picked up two sacks and Cole Gino had an interception for the Eagles.
De Soto 7, Potosi 3
DE SOTO, Mo. – Despite another resilient effort from its defense, which carried a shutout deep into the fourth quarter on Friday night, Potosi squandered its chance to host a Class 3, District 1 game.
Kamren Krodinger caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Briar Fischer with less than six minutes to play, and a second interception by Clayton Snudden helped De Soto seal a 7-3 win.
A victory may have catapulted the Trojans past Central for a No. 3 seed, but they will instead travel to Perryville for first-round rematch after falling to the Pirates 10-8 in week 3.
Snudden finished with seven receptions for 130 yards, and Cole Watson added 77 rushing yards on 18 carries to pace De Soto (5-4). Fischer was 13-of-20 passing for 241 yards.
Potosi (4-5) forced four turnovers, getting interceptions from Devan Marler and Austin Wilson plus fumble recoveries by Isaac Gaghan and Kalub Evans.
The first takeaway provided an early momentum swing, as Snudden caught a pass and was stripped amid a crowd of defenders just short of the goal line.
The Trojans then embarked on a methodial drive that covered 97 yards on 23 plays, but were likewise stopped on a doorstep as Dominic Demarco jarred the ball from quarterback Andrew Coleman.
Zach Haynes made four receptions for 62 yards, and provided the only Potosi points by booting a 35-yard field goal near the midway mark of the second quarter.
Potosi protected the resulting 3-0 advantage for nearly two full quarters before the host Dragons broke through. Coleman completed 5-of-10 passes for 68 yards as both signal callers were picked off twice.
Tristan Murdick compiled team highs with 53 rushing yards and 11 tackles for the Trojans. Logan Kirby made nine stops, and Demond Guthrie ran seven times for 41 yards.
Jeremy Harman gained 66 yards on three catches for De Soto.
East Prairie 32, Fredericktown 22
EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. – The Fredericktown football team saw an opportunity for back-to-back win slip away after securing a lead early in the fourth quarter on Friday night.
Senior running back Derez Tipler erupted for 230 yards and five touchdown on 20 carries, and Carson Aycock had 165 passing yards as East Prairie overtook the Blackcats 32-22.
Noah Korokis scored put Fredericktown (2-7, 0-4) in front 22-16 with a 3-yard run and subsequent 2-point conversion with 10:04 remaining in the game.
Tipler answered with a go-ahead burst that covered 60 yards, and solidified the outcome on a 33-yard scamper with less than a minute to play.
Fredericktown jumped in front 7-0 on an early 35-yard touchdown by Korokis, and took a 14-8 lead into halftime following a 59-yard scoring run by Logan Bowling.
The Blackcats will travel to Central in a Class 3, District 1 playoff game on Friday.
Class 4, District 1
JACKSON, Mo. – The Farmington girls cross country team advanced in the Class 4 postseason by taking third place Saturday morning in the District 1 meet at Jackson City Park.
Breanna Mathes (20:57) took 13th individually as one of three freshmen contributed to the Knights’ team score of 123, which trailed only Lindbergh (66) and Jackson (71).
Runners with the 30 fastest times qualified for sectional action next weekend. Junior Kassandra Ramos (21:21) and senior Natasja Haffner (21:21) were safely within the individual cut.
Ella Moriarty (21:38) and Kristina Ramos (21:46) rounded out the Farmington scoring five, and will also race again next week at Big Driver Golf Course in Washington, Mo.
Thomas Lee (18:11) extended his season in 25th place for the Farmington boys, who were seventh in the team standings.
DEXTER, Mo. – Junior Brayden Mullins contended for an individual title in the final cross country tune-up before district competition for Fredericktown on Saturday.
Mullins posted a time of 18:10 to finish second out of 61 athletes in the Dexter Invitational boys varsity race. Kennett junior Kobe Patterson (17:54) set the winning pace by 16 seconds.
St. Paul senior Gabe Ayers (18:26) cross the line fifth, and Valle Catholic senior Timothy Kuenzel (19:00) placed 12th to lead their respective programs.
Lyndan Gruenke (19:01) and Colton Helms (19:21) gave Fredericktown three top-20 results.
The girls varsity field included 31 runners. Madison Otte (22:25) finished fourth, Mary Roth (22:54) was fifth, and Rachel Valle (23:30) grabbed eighth spot for Valle Catholic.