Caleb Riordan | Ameritime Sports Writer
The Valle Catholic Warriors Varsity Football team came out on top 64-22 after a first-half shootout against the New Madrid County Eagles.
Valle has rolled over every opponent they’ve come across so far in their 7-0 season, including shutting out their opponents in each of their last two games, but the Eagles gave them a run for their money. At least in the first quarter.
Valle started things off with a Bryce Giesler two-yard touchdown run that gave his team the initial lead. The Eagles then countered that with a 65-yard bomb through the air, but missed their extra point to make the game 7-6. The Warriors fired right back when Grant Fallert found Aiden Heberlie from 40 yards out to extend their lead to 14-6. Giesler extended it even further with he found the end zone once again, this time from 11 yards out.
The first quarter slugfest continued when New Madrid threw another touchdown pass that made the score 21-14. Then, Fallert scored a rushing touchdown from ten yards and followed that up with another touchdown pass to Heberlie. The final score of the quarter came from New Madrid and it was another touchdown pass. The wild first quarter ended with the Warriors ahead 34-22, evidencing that this was an offensive onslaught.
The second quarter was also packed with action, except this time, it was all Valle. Fallert tossed another touchdown pass and this time it landed in the hands of Giesler. He continued to define the term dual threat when he found the end zone again with his feet from nine yards out. That wasn’t all though, as Fallert tossed another touchdown pass to Michael Okenfuss that capped off the second-quarter scoring. Valle led 57-22 at the half.
After all that action, the second half was much quieter. Isaac Roth ran in an eight-yard touchdown that extended Valle’s lead to 64-22, and that was all they would need. They sealed up the win and moved to 7-0.
Giesler racked up 236 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns, and with that effort, surpassed 1,000 rushing yards on the season. Fallert racked up 139 passing yards and four touchdowns while rushing for 58 yards and two more scores. Heberlie caught four passes for 74 yards and two touchdowns.
To no one’s surprise, Josh Bieser led the Valle defense in tackles with ten, and three of those tackles were for a loss. Carson Tucker was just behind with eight tackles and he also forced a fumble. Tim Okenfuss had six tackles, two tackles for a loss and a sack. To go along with his three touchdowns, Giesler made four tackles and picked off a pass. The Warriors held the Eagles to 207 yards and 157 of them came in the first half.
Valle has just two games left on their regular-season schedule before we enter do-or-die territory. Next, they take on a 3-4 Westminster Christian Academy on Friday, October 15th at 7 pm in Valle.