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Week of November 23, 2015

Friday, November 27, 2015

SGHS JV falls to Sikeston

STE. GENEVIEVE -- Ste. Genevieve JV lost to Sikeston 76-36 in the Cape Notre Dame Tournament. They will play Cairo, Illinois on Friday.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Girls’ BB: SGHS tops Murphysboro

STE. GENEVIEVE -- Ste. Genevieve beat visiting Murphysboro, Illinois 58-56 on a game winning three pointer by Madison Reynolds.

Ste. Genevieve next plays in the Valle Tournament which begins on Monday.

The Ste. Genevieve JV girls defeated Fredericktown 39-34 in the Jefferson R-7 Tournament.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Kutz field goal sends Valle back to the Dome

STE. GENEVIEVE -- Devon Kutz kicked a 27-yard field goal with 45 seconds to play to put Valle ahead of Marceline in a hard fought class 1 semi-final in Ste. Genevieve Saturday afternoon.

Colin Okenfuss sacks Marceline QB Bryce Jobson (Photos by Erik Herzog)

Moments later as the first sunshine of the windy, raw and cold day lit up the Valle field the Warrior's senior intercepted a Tiger pass to ensure the 16-13 win.

Cole Wood catches and runs for Valle’s first score late in first half.

It was Valle's 44th straight win and sends the Warriors (14-0) back to the state championship game for a seventh straight year.

Garrett Jaegers catches touchdown pass to give the warriors 13 in second half.

Marceline's season ended at 12-2.

"The kids fought hard today. We are a little banged up and we had to move people around but they got the job done," said Valle coach Judd Naeger.

QB Connor Basler runs down the sideline for a first down.

Valle led 7-0 at the half. The only score a 48-yard TD pass play to Cole Wood with 1:44 to play before the break.

"Our offense was moving the ball but we were not getting in the endzone, "Naeger said.

Devon Kutz watches the ball split the uprights to put Valle up 16 to 13 late in second half.

Valle ran for only 42 yards on 15 carries in the first half. Quarterback Conner Basler managed 9 completions on 19 attempts for 149 yards.

Brock Kertz puts pressure on Marceline's offense

"It was a tough day to play quarterback," Naeger said.

"We had some guys drop some balls they normally catch," he said.

Players celebrate after Cole Woods interception late in second half,

"Give some credit to Marceline too," they had some players Naeger said.

Marceline entered the game with nine shutouts in 10 games, and had outscored its previous seven opponents by a combined 374-0 margin.

Devon Kutz picks off pass late in second half

Valle held the Tigers to only 70-yards rushing on 19 carries in the first half.

"Our defense in the first half was solid and the kids upfront did a great job," the Valle coach continued.

The Tigers drove 60-yards in the third to set up a tying score. A 30-yard run by quarterback Andrew Edgar set up a one-yard TD by fullback Duane Avila with 8:23 in the period.

The Warriors answered with a 63-yard drive in the fourth. Basler hit Garrett Jaegers for a 28-yard score with 9:19 to play but the extra point snap was low and resulted in a missed kick leaving Valle with a 13-7 lead.

Marceline's feature back, Jared Best, converted a fourth and one on the Tiger's next drive and then ran in for a ten-yard TD with 5:20 to play. The Tigers also missed their extra point leaving the score knotted at 13-13.

Best finished with 155 yards on 32 carries in the game.

Basler led the Warriors on the final scoring drive which began at the Valle 34. He had a 25-yard run to keep the march moving. It was one of his 24 carries for 110 yards on the afternoon.

"With Tristan (Huck) out, we had to run Conner more," Naeger said.

Huck, the Warrior's starting running back, did not play due to a shoulder injury he suffered the previous week at Thayer.

The drive stalled in the Marceline red zone setting up Kutz for the big kick which gave the Warriors the three-point lead in the closing minute.

Marceline's next possession was interrupted by a Cole Wood interception.

But Valle could not run out the clock and had to punt to the Tigers who had burned all of their timeouts.

Moments later Kutz got the interception that sealed the win

"The kids played their hearts out today," Naeger said.

Defensive end Colin Okenfuss led the Warrior defense with a team-high 15 tackles.

Jaegers had six catches to lead Valle receivers.

The Tigers failed to convert any of their three pass attempts.

Family and friends congratulate players after victory.

Valle will play Penney-Hamilton (12-2) who eliminated Skyline 29-12 in the other semifinal on Saturday. The game has a 2:15 pm kick off this Saturday at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.

Valle lost to Penney in the 2009 and 2012 state championship games.

Before the game Saturday the 1995 Valle football team will be honored.

Naeger said member of the team should contact the school this week if they want to be on the field.

Sportscaster Frank Kirchmer of Ste. Genevieve will also receive a distinguished service award from MSHSAA before the game.

The Valle and Penny state championship game will be broadcast on KSGM AM 980 and ksgm980.com this Saturday. Brad Palmer and Jim Johnson will be in the broadcast booth this Saturday for Donze Communications.

Ambush fall to Comets, 10-3

By Jim Fossell

INDEPENDENCE – The St. Louis Ambush fell to 0-2 on the season when they suffered a 10-3 loss at the hands of the undefeated (4-0) Missouri Comets Friday night, November 20 at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena in Independence.

Vahid Assadpour beat Ambush goalkeeper Marcelo Moreira with a shot near the center of the net at 9:14 to earn the first tally of the match for the Comets. Max Touloute fired a rocket passed Moreira and into the corner at 12:56 to give Missouri a two-goal lead that they would hold until the end of the opening quarter.

Only one goal was scored in the second quarter and it came on a beautifully executed restart by the Ambush at the seven minute mark. Lucas Almeida started the set play with a pass to Freddy Moojen. Almeida then dashed toward the goal and was right where he needed to be to receive Moojen’s pass and fire it into the back of the net. The teams went to the locker rooms with Missouri leading 2-1 at halftime.

The Comets roared back from the halftime break to stun the Ambush with two goals within the first two minutes. Ramone Palmer scored off a Brian Harris pass just 42 seconds into the quarter, then Max Touloute scored his second of the night at 1:16. Kevin Ten Eyck increased Missouri’s lead to 5-1 with his tally at 5:43. Freddy Moojen answered for the Ambush when he one-touched the ball over goalkeeper Boris Pardo at 6:03. The Comets would own the rest of the quarter as Palmer earned his second goal of the night, followed by tallies from Harris and Lucas Rodriguez to give Missouri a 8-2 advantage going into the final stanza.

John Sosa’s restart goal at 2:08 of the fourth quarter increase the Comets’ lead to 9-2. Kentaro Takada scored his first of the year for St. Louis at 4:34, but it would be the last goal of the contest for the Ambush. Touloute completed the hat trick at 13:08 and the Comets held on until the final buzzer for the 10-3 win.

Boris Pardo made eight saves on 11 save opportunities in earning the win for Missouri. Marcelo Moreira saved 15 on 25 chances for St. Louis.

The Ambush won’t have to wait long for another opportunity to solve the Comets as the two teams will do battle on Black Friday, November 27 at 7:05 p.m. at the Family Arena. Season, group and single game tickets are now on sale for all remaining home games. Call the Ambush office at 636-477-6363 for more information. Keep up with Ambush news anytime by visiting the team’s official web site, stlouisambush.com, the Ambush Facebook page, facebook.com/stlouisambush, or on Twitter, twitter.com/stlouisambush.