The Valle Catholic Warriors are proving to be another powerhouse offensive squad in 2022.
Taking out one defensive touchdown, the Warriors’ offense has scored 15 TD’s in their first two games with a unit that can beat teams in a variety of ways.
The next team with the unenviable task of trying to slow down the Valle juggernaut is Fredericktown.
The Blackcats are 1-1 after edging Jefferson in their opener (6-3) and then dropping a game to Herculaneum 22-14 when Herky scored two fourth quarter touchdowns to rally for the win.
Fredericktown’s task this Friday night is to slow down an opponent that lit up Seckman in the season opener for 365 yards passing from Chase Fallert and followed that up with 425 yards rushing in a win at Festus. Stud All-State running back Bryce Giesler accounted for 235 of those yards alone.
Fredericktown showed some vulnerability last week when Herculaneum quarterback Jackson Dearing passed for 211 yards and ran for 151 more, but they still manage to keep the game close.
As good as Valle’s offense has been through two games, the defense has had its moments as well.
The Warriors have 30 tackles for loss and nine sacks, but have been susceptible to giving up big plays for touchdowns. They’ve allowed five scores of 48 yards or more against some talented athletes in Jeremiah Cunningham and Will Reese of Festus and Cole Ruble of Seckman.
It would seem logical to believe the Blackcats, who’ve produced three touchdowns in two games, will have to find some explosive plays against the 15-time state champions to keep this one close on Friday night.
These are two schools that don’t subscribe to the common formula of high school football schedules, where teams often alternate between home and road games. This will be Fredericktown’s third straight home game to start the season before back to back away games. Valle is in the middle of a three-game road trip before staying home for four consecutive weeks.
The Warriors and the Blackcats kickoff Friday night at 7pm.
Good luck Warriors!