NEW MADRID -- Valle fought both NMCC and the weather Friday night, and won handsomely.
The two-time defending Class 1 state champions shut out the Eagles 40-0 behind a five touchdown performance from quarterback Nolan Wood at New Madrid County Central High School within a winter-like atmosphere.
(Photo by Chris Pobst, Staff)
"He's really coming along," Valle head coach Judd Naeger said about Wood. "We always talk about your quarterback needs to be one of your tougher kids and for the last four or five years, that's been the case for us.
"Nolan is a very, very tough kid."
NMCC's offense was just as scarce as the crowd in the stands, who wisely decided to avoid the frosty wind and rain. They were out-gained 400 to 133 in yards and committed four turnovers.
"What offense?" Pixley said. "We're struggling. We didn't get hat on hat up front and we've got to get better at that. We've struggled on offense all year long. It's no secret. With the conditions the way they were, it's tough to get the ball on the edge and try to run. We tried to stick it at them tonight and just wasn't able to do it."
Although their offense wasn't up to par, NMCC's defense stopped most of what Valle tried to do as a whole -- other than big plays.
Valle's offensive drives were kept alive by long pass plays and big runs including five plays that exceeded 30 yards -- 30, 40, 47, 47 and 67. All of their long yardage plays eventually led to touchdowns.
"It wasn't necessarily sustained drives as much as it was big plays," Pixley said about Valle's offensive success. "They have an offense that will lull you to sleep with misdirection and we fell for it. We weren't very disciplined tonight."
The Warriors totaled just 10 first downs as well.
"They did a good job against the run game," Naeger said about NMCC. "They've done that the entire year. We knew with our run it was going to be tough at times, but we felt like we were able to bust one here or there. We were able to do that."
Starting with a 30-yard pass to Tyler Fallert, Wood completed a 7-yard touchdown throw to Trevor Klump to give Valle a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.
Touchdown runs of seven and one extended their lead to 28 points.
"We feel like we've got some really good speed on our football team, a lot of weapons and we just need to continue to be diverse. Make them defend both the run and the pass," Naeger said. "When we do that we can be really good on offense."
A 40-yard strike to Justin Roth put the Warriors (7-1) ahead 34-0 before the half.
Fallert also ran for 101 yards on 13 carries. In all, Valle ran for 276 yards on 40 rushes.
"Everybody who had the ball, ran the ball really hard for us tonight," said Naeger.
The Eagles were led by quarterback Jashawn McDaniel who passed for 46 yards on three completions and ran for a team-high 30 yards. Malik Stevenson carried the ball five times for 25 yards.
NMCC (2-5) will be on the road next Friday when they head to Fredericktown.
V -- Nolan Wood 30 pass to Tyler Fallert (Seth Mueller kick), 3:12
V -- Wood 7 pass to Trevor Klump (Mueller kick), 25.5
V -- Wood 7 run (Wood to Justin Roth), 9:48
V -- Wood 1 run (pass failed), 5:34
V -- Wood 40 pass to Roth (pass failed), 3:50
V -- Damian Jokerst 10 run (kick failed), 46.7
RUSHING -- Valle, Tyler Fallert 13-101, Justin Roth 4-23, Nolan Wood 14-107, Damian Jokerst 3-15, Dylan Wolk 1-(-1), Connor Basler 2-20, Lee Stuppy 1-2, Luke Weiler 1-5, Koltyn Schilly 1-4. NMCC, Jashawn McDaniel 10-30, Corey Guest 5-(-3), Mikeal Walker 5-20, Malik Stevenson 5-25, Stanley Smith 5-11, Rhiley Smith 2-7, Daniel McCray 1-3, Austin Lynn 2-(-6).
PASSING -- Valle, Nolan Wood 4-8-0 124. NMCC -- Jashawn McDaniel 3-10-2 46, Austin Lynn 0-2-1 0.
RECEIVING -- Valle, Tyler Fallert 1-30, Trevor Klump 2-54, Justin Roth 1-40. NMCC -- Jimmy Caldwell 2-31, Mikeal Walker 1-15.
MISSED FIELD GOAL -- NMCC, Adam Cooksey 34, 36.