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Valle Catholic quarterback Conner
Basler led the Warriors to a 49-25 win over Westran in the
class 1 state championship game Friday,, November 28 at the
Dome in St. Louis.
It was Valle's 30th straight win and their 4th state
championship in the last six years. The school's 13 state
football titles is a record matched only by Webb City.
Basler tied the show-me-bowl record of 5 TD passes set by
Valle coach Judd Naeger. The junior was 22-of-33 overall for
419 yards the second-most in state history in a championship
It was the second meeting between the two schools. In the
third week of the season the Warriors (15-0) buried the
Hornets (13-2) 72-28. Basler had six TD throws in that game.
Basler broke a school record set by Michael Wehner with his
first TD throw of the game. The 19-yard toss to Cole Wood
capped off a 10-play 76-yard march as Valle tookd a 7-0 lead
with 7:29 in the 1st.
Hornet quarterback Zane Jacoby answered on Westran's first
possession. His 46-yard TD run tied the game at 7-7 with
5:16 in the 1st quarter.
Garrett Jaegers 54 yard catch from Basler on the next series
put the reciever over the 1,000 yard season reception mark
but the Warrior drive was stopped at the two yard line.
Five different Valle players would score in the game and
Basler's 12-yard TD pass to Nick Oberle with 4:25 to play in
the second put the Warriors back in the lead 14-7.
Basler found Oberle again on a 40-yard pass completion to
the one from where Basler scored to give the Warriors a 21-7
lead with 1:46 left in the second.
The Hornets would not quit. Jacoby broke a 98-yard TD run
setting a show-me-bowl record as Westran pulled to within
Basler teamed up again with Jaegers and his 65-yard TD catch
with 7:49 to play in the second gave Valle a 28-13 lead and
Jaegers the schools recieving record.
Again Westran answered as Jacoby found Howard Parker for a
The Warriors blocked their second extra point kick of the
game and it was 28-19 with 5:30 before the half.
A 10-yard TD run by Koltyn Schilly pushed the Valle lead to
Jacoby scored the Hornets final TD on a 2-yard run early in
the 4th. After a failed two-point attempt it was 35-25.
Basler made it 42-25 with a 6-yard TD toss to Wood.
His 22-yard TD throw to Jaegers with 1:27 left in the
contest gave Valle the 49-25 victory.
Jaegers had 5 catches in the game for 173 yards an average
of over 34 yards per catch.
Oberle also topped the 100 yard recieving mark with 8
catches for 147 yards in the game.
The Warriors rushed for 176 yards for an offensive
performance of 595 yards in the game.
Schilly just missed the 100-yard rushing mark. He had 16
carries for 95 yards. Basler added 65 yards rushing on 18
Valle running back Tristan Huck was injured early in
the game and fell short by only 3 yards of a 1,000 yard
season. An injury also limited running back Lee Stuppy.
Westran rolled up a total of 437 yards with 106 in the air
and 331 on the ground. Jacoby had 21 carries for 192 yards
to lead the Hornets. He was 5 of 13 passing. The 6'4"
220-pounder also had two kick returns for 47 yards.
Dalton Wright added 94 yards rushing for Westran.
Schilly and Ethan Fallert led the Valle defense with 4
tackles each. Schilly, Fallert and Jacob Trautman all
Devon Kutz was perfect on all 7 extra point kicks for Valle.