A spot in the Class 1 football state championship game is on the line when the Valle Catholic Warriors face the Mid-Buchanan Dragons in the semifinals Saturday afternoon in Ste. Genevieve.
Both teams enter at 12-1.
The Warriors have won 10 straight and are ranked sixth in the state.
But despite the prestige of 14 state championships, Valle head coach Judd Naeger says Mid-Buchanan will be the toughest test his team has faced all season.
Valle Catholic gutted out a 15-14 comeback win over Thayer, and as has been the case all season, Naeger says the defense keyed the win.
Mid-Buck head coach Aaron Fritz points to his team’s toughness and attitude.
Fritz says, despite his team’s lack of pedigree, that bitter taste has fueled his team all season long.