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Week of August 31, 2015

Monday, August 31, 2015

Warriors send statement with 51-22 win over Ste. Gen

STE. GENEVIEVE -- The Valle Catholic Warriors sent a message across the state as they dismantled their cross town rival the Ste. Gen Dragons 51-22 Friday night before a packed house in Ste. Genevieve.

The defending class 1 state champions have reloaded and this elite football program is primed for another outstanding year.

It was Valle's 32'nd straight win and 26'th straight road win. They have now won 6 of the last 8 meeting's with class 3 Ste. Genevieve to lead the series 27-25.

Coache's around the state, despite their class, must be checking their schedules to make sure the Warriors are not coming up.

After pasting rival St. Vincents (62-0) in the season opener the Warrior's just kept the pedal to the metal.

All state returning quarterback Conner Basler hit his first seven passes to lead the Warriors to scores on their first seven drives. He finished with 14 completions on 22 attempts for 299 yards. He also led the Warriors in rushing with 90 yards including a 27-yard TD scamper.

Basler found Cole Keeley on a 20-yard strike to the one to set up Valle's first score. Tristan Huck ran in the final yard of the 8-play 63-yard march as Valle led 7-0 at the 9:08 mark.

The Dragons fumbled their first offensive snap and Colin Okenfuss recovered at the Ste. Gen 27. Basler hit Nick Oberle on the next play as the Warriors went up 14-0 with 8:58 in the 1st.

Valle scored on the ensuing series as Basler hit Cole Wood and he took it 61-yards to pu the Warriors up 21-0 with 6:39 still left in the opening period.

The Dragons were able to answer with a 9-play 54 yard drive. Anthnoy Roe ran for 25 yards and Austin Brewer scored from 14 out and it was 21-7 with 4:34 in the 1st.

Basler finished off the scoring in the opening period as he ran for a 27-yard keeper and the Warriors led 27-7.

Devon Kutz who was perfect on all extra point tries had the final attempt blocked.

Pinned deep in their own territory to open the second Basler took Valle on a 5-play 97-yard drive. His 50-yard TD pass to Oberle gave the Warriors a 34-7 lead with 9:45 to play before the half.

His 40-yard TD strike to Tristan Rollhaus with 7:44 on the clock extended Valle's 1st half lead to 41-7.

Kutz put the game further out of reach, after a blocked punt, with a 35-yard field goal as Valle took a comfortable 44-7 lead.

A rare and shanked punt by the Warriors in the closing moments of the 1st half gave the Dragons the ball at the Valle 17 and the Dragons capitalized. Quarterback Wyatt Lalumandier scored on a fourth down 8-yard run. Dalton Giesler's extra point kick made it 44-14 at the half.

Brandon Hinson intercepted Basler late in the third to set up the Dragon's final score. Lalumandier went to Brewer who completed the 57-yard play. A successful try for two gave Ste. Gen their 22 total points.

Valle added a late score in the fourth on a two yard run by Tristan Huck.

The Dragons will welcome New Madrid County Central Friday. New Madrid is 0-2 after losses to Malden (49-14) and Sikeston (55-6).

Last year Ste. Gen won 35-6.

Valle will play Westran at Borgia highschool on Saturday. Westran, one of the top class 1 programs, comes into the game 1-1. They lost to Mark Twain (50-28) in their season opener before defeating Carrollton (26-0).

Last year Valle won 72-28.