Caleb Riordan | Ameritime Sports Writer
The Valle Catholic Warriors Varsity Football team won their first home game of the season 42-0 against the St. Francis Borgia Knights.
The Warriors were pumped to be back on their home field for the first time this season. That was evident in the first quarter. Bryce Giesler got things started when he stuffed in a touchdown from the one-yard line. Shortly after, Grant Fallert, making his first start at QB in place of the injured Chase Fallert, tossed his first touchdown of the day to Isaac Roth from 31 yards out and put his team up 12-0. Valle wasn’t close to done, as Giesler found pay dirt again. This time from five yards out. Then, to cap off their huge quarter, Fallert found Michael Okenfuss and put the Warriors ahead 26-0.
From the second quarter on, Valle just had to limit the damage. Fallert found Aiden Heberlie for his third touchdown pass of the game from nine yards out and the Warriors went into the half with a 34-0 lead.
Valle found the end zone once more in the third quarter. Fallert threw another touchdown, this time to Giesler, that put them ahead 42-0. They cruised to victory from there, with the win moving the Warriors’ record to a perfect 5-0.
Fallert showed poise, moxie and efficiency in his first start at quarterback this season. He completed eight of his ten pass attempts for 112 yards and four touchdowns. Giesler carried the ball seven times for 52 yards and two touchdowns and also caught a touchdown through the air. Alex Viox carried the ball six times for 89 yards, while Heberlie caught four passes for 41 yards and a touchdown.
The Valle defense suffocated the Knights the entire game. Josh Bieser led the team with 11 tackles and picked up his first sack of the year. Noah Elbert was just behind with nine tackles and he also picked up a sack. Jacob Calbreath had eight tackles, with four going for a loss, and Okenfuss had six tackles and two sacks. In addition to his phenomenal offensive day, Fallert also picked up an interception. The Warrior defenders were spectacular, holding Borgia to just 126 yards of total offense for their second shutout of the season.
“All around the team played great and our defense was key in shutting them out,” Heberlie said after the win.
Valle is 5-0 and has yet to be truly tested this season. They are blowing past everyone that is set in their path. Next, they welcome the 4-1 Jefferson R-7 Blue Jays for their homecoming game.
“Jefferson is our homecoming game so we can’t let any of the extra distractions that comes with homecoming get in the way,” Heberlie said. “We need to focus on the game-play and take care of business Friday night.”
The game against Jefferson takes place Friday, October 1st. The Blue Jays may very well be the Warriors’ toughest test this season.