Valle Warriors
2012 Varsity Football

 

Penney over Valle in state title game
by Bob Scott, photo by Pam Billings

"I thought we played outstanding for 44Ĺ minutes, and I thought we did everything we could do to win the football game. As bad as it ended up, we still had a chance with a drive in the fourth to win the game," said Valle coach Judd Naeger after his Warriors lost 60-34 to Hamilton-Penney in the class 1 state championship game at the Edward Jones dome in St. Louis Friday.

Valle (12-3) led 34-33 after running back Tyler Fallert raced 52-yards to score his third touchdown of the game and the 45th TD of his junior season.

The score with 51-seconds left in the third would be the Warriors last and Penney (15-0) as they did in the state championship game in 2009 rallied in the fourth. The Hornets regained the lead 39-34 on a five-yard TD run by Derrick Hughes with 7:08 left in the fourth and then stung the Warriors with three more scores in the final 2 and 1/2 minutes.

Hughes finished with 215 yards on 31 carries.

Fallert out ran him with 262 yards on 32 carries and in doing so surpassed the 3,000 yard season mark. His 3,030 rushing yards put him in an elite group of running backs. It even bettered the mark of 2,950 yards set by Ste. Gen highschool's Adam Schwent in the 2002 season when the Dragons, who competed in class 3, last advanced to a state championship game.

Down by five the Warriors had a chance to regain the lead in the fourth but Valle gave up the ball on downs when they failed to convert a first down on the second of two fourth down plays.

"Valle's big guys play both sides of the ball, and we knew if we kept running it down their throats, they would get tired. Hughes said.

Penny owned the final minutes of what had been a close game.

The Hornets scored on a 76-yard TD pass to Kellen Overstreet to make it 46-34 with 2:30 left in the game.

"Late in the game, we knew they had to stop the run, and thought it was an opportunity to take a shot," 28th-year Penney coach Dave Fairchild said.

With 2:06 remaining Hughes broke a 62-yard TD run and then with 1:52 to play it was Keith Litton scoring on a long interception return.

The final score did not reflect the first three quarters as top ranked Penny scored the final 27 points over fifth ranked Valle.

The Warriors, who were in the state championship game for the third time in four years and seeking their third in a row and 12th state title, got out to an early 14-0 lead.

Senior Trevor Klump's 9-yard TD catch finished off a 61-yard drive as Valle went up 7-0 with 9:58 in the first.

Freshman Devon Kutz's second extra point kick after a 27-yard Fallert TD run gave the Warriors a 14-0 lead with 4:45 to play in the first.

Hughes ran in from 5-yards out to make it 14-7 with 7:22 to play in the second.

Fallert second TD run of the game, a 30-yarder, with 5:10 before the half gave Valle a 21-7 lead.

A 15-yard TD run by Kellen Overstreet with 1:15 left in the second pulled the Hornets to within 21-14 at the half.

Penny opened the second half with a 65-yard drive and Hughes on a 13-yard TD run tied the game at 21-21 with 7:56 in the third.

Overstreet broke a 68-yard TD run to give the Hornets a 27-21 lead with 5:28 showing in the third.

Valle responded with a scoring drive to regain the lead. Justin Roth's 40-yard TD catch from quarterback Nolan Wood gave the Warriors a 28-27 advantage with 3:05 to play in the fourth.

Wood hit 9 of his 21 passes in the game but gave up two interceptions.

The lead was short lived as Overstreet scored on a 53-yard TD play with 1:33 in the third and Penny went up 33-28.

Unlike 2009 when Valle had more yardage the Hornets outgained the Warriors in 2012. Penny had 543 yards with 361 coming on 47 rushes and 182 thru the air.

Valle finished with 471 yards with 344 coming on the ground on 48 carries and 124 thru the air.

"With five seniors, itís the most improbable run that I think weíve had over the years," Naeger said.

Hamiltonís senior class leaves with a record of 56-1 and three state titles in four years. Penney moved to Class 2 in 2010 and 2011, and won its second championship in 2010.

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The KBDZ, Nationwide is on your Side, player of the game honors went to a trio of Valle players. Selected were Fallert who led the team in rushing and scoring, junior Jessie Meyer who led the team in tackles and senior Trevor Klump who led the team in recieving, scored the first TD of the game and excelled on special teams as a kick returner. The award was sponsored by McClure Insurance agency.

Jesse Meyer, Tyler Fallert and Trevor Klump were named the 'Nationwide Is On Your Side' Players Of The Game Friday. The award is selected by KBDZ staff, and presented by Richard McClure of Nationwide Insurance.