Valle knew it had a tough week ahead when it was getting ready for Caruthersville, but the task got tougher when the Warriors learned they were going to have to play without senior starting quarterback Chase Dunlap due to a knee injury.
Although Jayden Gegg stepped up in that role in the first half and Chase Fallert led the offense in the second half, a costly second quarter was too much for Valle to overcome.
The Tigers capitalized on five turnovers from the Warriors, and while Valle cleaned up its game in the second half, a late comeback attempt fell short as Class 2 Caruthersville edged the Class 1 Warriors 38-35 during Friday’s home opener at Father John Dempsey Field.
“I thought our kids played really hard,” said Valle head coach Judd Naeger. “We were able to battle back from a lot of adversity. It was a tough week because we were working with Jayden at quarterback and we were working with Chase [Fallert] at quarterback, and we were working some with Collin [Grass] and C.J. [Stoll] back there as well. And then we’ve got some kids banged up on defense. We had to move some folks around. It is what it is.”
See complete story in the September 18 edition of the Herald.