For the 11th time in the last 12 years, the Valle Catholic Warriors are district champions.
Valle avenged last year’s loss to Hayti with a 43-6 win the Class 1 District 1 championship game Friday in Ste. Genevieve.
In a matchup of top-5 teams in the state, the Warriors looked dominant from the start.
Valle Catholic took the opening drive to the end zone, capped off by a long touchdown run by senior quarterback Chase Dunlap.
Up 7-0 after the extra-point attempt, it was a Dunlap to Collin Grass connection to put Valle up two scores on the second drive of the game.
Leading 14-0, the Warriors started to flex their muscle on defense.
On Hayti’s next drive, disaster struck for the Indians, while Cory Stoll produced the Serenity Hospice Care Play of the Game.
Kolten Naeger missed the PAT, but the Valle Catholic defense wasn’t done scoring.
The very next Hayti possession ended in the Patsy’s Furniture Pileup of the Game.
The Valle onslaught continued into the 2nd quarter, as Dunlap capped 3 straight scoring drives on offense.
Up 29-0, the Warriors struck once more in the last 2 minutes of the first half.
A 36-0 halftime hole would be too steep for Hayti to climb out of.
The Warriors did hit a snag when Dunlap was knocked out of the game with an injury, but Chase Fallert added a late 16-yard TD pass to Aiden Heberlie.
TreCharles McCoy took the ensuing kickoff back 91 yards for a score to avoid the shutout as time expired, but the Indians managed just 35 yards of total offense.
Valle head coach Judd Naeger said it was one of his team’s best efforts of the year.
Despite being injured, Dunlap put up a big night with 4 total touchdowns.
The senior quarterback finished with 117 yards passing and 108 rushing on his way to winning Applebee’s Player of the Game.
Dunlap credited his teammates with playing at a high level all night.
Valle Catholic has won 9 straight to improve to 11-1 while Hayti’s season ends at 10-2.
The Warriors move on to face Thayer in the Class 1 state quarterfinals next Saturday.