The Valle football team, the top seed in the Class 1 District 1 tournament, left little doubt about whether there would be an upset in the opening round Friday night.
The Warriors scored in the first minute, proceeded to take a 40-0 lead after one quarter and scored all 53 of their points in the first 15 minutes of the contest,
Valle (9-1), hosts Malden this Friday in the second round of the tournament. Malden (3-7) was an 18-13 winner against Charleston last week, avenging a Week 7 loss.
Second-seeded Hayti and third-seeded St. Vincent meet in the other semifinal. Hayti beat Chaffee 64-0, while St. Vincent beat Portageville 48-22.
Valle needed just two plays to score against Crystal City.
After quarterback Chase Dunlap passed for 21 yards to Owen Viox, he connected on a 34-yard scoring play with Aiden Heberlie that put the Warriors on the board 25 seconds into the game. The kick was no good.
On the Warriors’ next drive, Dunlap passed to Cory “C.J.” Stoll on a bubble screen that covered 21 yards. Kolten Naeger’s kick made the score 13-0 with 9 minutes to play in the quarter.
Less than two minutes later, running back Collin Grass scored on a 3-yard run to cap a 33-yard scoring drive. The kick made it 20-0.
Valle’s fourth drive was one play, as Viox ran 48 yards down the right side. Naeger’s kick made the score 27-0 with 5:18 to play in the first quarter.
Jayden Gegg scored the Warriors’ fifth touchdown on a 46-yard pass from Dunlap with 3:34 to play in the openng quarter. Naeger’s kick made the score 34-0.
With 38 seconds left in the first quarter, Stoll scored on a 45-yard run. The kick failed but the score was 40-0.
In the second quarter, freshman Bryce Giesler scored on a 47-yard at the 9:55 mark. Naeger’s kick made the score 47-0.
Sophomore Luke McClure scored the final touchdown nine seconds later with a 15-yard fumble recovery.
See complete story in the November 6 edition of the Herald.