The Valle Catholic Warriors (5-0) Friday night took to Festus to take on the Jefferson Blue Jays (2-1) in an I-55 district matchup. The Warriors proved to be too much for the Blue Jays, winning the game 47-13.
The Warriors entered the Friday night game undefeated, looking to win their third game in conference play and remain atop the I-55 standings.
The Warriors started the game off on the right foot, putting up 20 first-quarter points and shutting out the Blue Jays. In the second quarter, the Jays were able to get on the scoreboard by putting up six, but again the Warriors outscored them, with 14 points in the second quarter.
The Warriors were dominant in all aspects of the game in the first half, gaining more passing yards (149) and rushing yards (109) than the Blue Jays.
In the second half, the Blue Jays were able to slow the Warriors scoring attack, allowing only 13 points. However, the Blue Jays couldn’t capitalize on the lack of scoring, putting up only seven points in the second half, ultimately giving the Warriors their sixth win of the year at 47-13.
While the Warriors were dominant for most of the game, they struggled in a few areas. They racked up 11 penalties for 110 yards, which brings their season total up to 46 penalties for 440 yards… something they will undoubtedly want to clean up.
Sophomore quarterback Chase Fallert played well for the Warriors and was a significant reason for their success. Fallert completed 12 of his 25 pass attempts for 217 yards and four touchdowns while only throwing one interception. The talented QB was also efficient on the ground, running six times for 36 yards.
Fallert said that despite the team win, he could have improved his play.
“There were plenty of things that I could have done better,” Fallert said. “But I thought as a team we played pretty well.”
Two of Fallert’s receiving targets that made his job a lot easier were Junior Aiden Heberlie and Sophomore Jayden Gegg. Heberlie grabbed three catches for 81 yards and a touchdown, while Gegg had five catches for 80 yards and two touchdowns. Heberlie extended his lead on team receiving yards (675) and touchdowns (10), while Gegg is up to 195 yards receiving and three TDs.
Senior running back Cory Stoll also stepped up for the Warriors on the offensive end, getting nine carries for 85 yards and two touchdowns. Stoll now owns a team-high 403 yards rushing yards on 47 carries with seven total touchdowns.
Stoll after the game said that the team, in general, didn’t play up to their potential.
“The game didn’t quite go how we wanted it to,” Stoll said. “It wasn’t our best game but a win is a win.”
On the defensive end, Heberlie was a difference-maker at cornerback. He managed to snag three interceptions and returned them for 81 yards, while also making three tackles and defending three passes.
Senior linebacker Austin Burnett was a key to the Blue Jays defense and recorded a team-high 12 tackles. Burnett’s teammate and Junior Josh Bieser was not far behind him, recording 10 tackles to go along with a sack and two tackles for a loss.
The Warriors are back in action this Friday at home against New Madrid County Central (3-3). They will look to continue their undefeated run with only three games remaining on their regular season schedule.