(Photo by Chris Pobst, Staff)
PORTAGEVILLE -- Valle's Tyler Fallert may still be running and scoring touchdowns.
The junior running back from Valle Catholic stacked up colossal rushing numbers against the Portageville Bulldogs Monday night during the Class 1, District 1 championship game at Portageville High School.
Fallert rushed for 481 yards on 27 carries and six touchdowns, thoroughly leading the Warriors past Portageville 47-10.
"There's a reason they're Valle," Portageville head coach Jeff Bullock said. "I'll be thinking about Fallert in my sleep for the next few weeks."
Fallert's rushing total is the fourth most for a single game in Missouri history. Valle scored on eight of their first 10 drives and led 27-2 at halftime behind Fallert's video game-like night.
"The line just built a lot of holes and I just followed them," Fallert said. "All the credit goes to them. I just followed them the entire night."
Valle advances to the quarterfinal round against Miller, who beat Lockwood 39-6, Saturday.
Fallert (6-0, 201), who's total yards is by far his career best, busted through the middle of the Portageville defense and raced down the field for his first touchdown run 31 yards away to put the Warriors ahead just six minutes in.
Once the first score shown on the scoreboard, Fallert and Valle opened the floodgates.
On their next drive, Fallert flew down the field for a 90-yard gain only to be tracked down by Portageville's Daniel Allen to bring him down at the 5-yard line. Two plays later, Fallert found the end zone from three yards away to give Valle a 14-0 lead.
"He's a great back," Allen said. "He's so big and strong, a lot of people don't want to hit him. He's actually pretty shifty and fast, too."
He scored again early in the second quarter to give his Warriors a 21-0 advantage.
Although Fallert had begun to steal the show, Portageville was able to move the ball in big chunks as well mainly getting the ball to the outside and earning yards with their speed.
Unlike Valle, however, the Bulldogs weren't able to find pay dirt once in enemy territory as fumbles and interceptions proved too costly to overcome.
"I really thought our offensive line did a pretty good job," Bullock said about their offense. "You just can't make turnovers and give away chances to a team like Valle. They're too well coached, too fundamental. They're kids just play so hard on every play."
A 23-yard run by Portageville senior Dion Foster that put them across midfield was eventually for naught. On the very next play, Portageville fumbled giving possession to Valle.
Fallert scored his first touchdown soon after.
"It was tough," Allen said, after struggling to find the words. "They're a good team. We could have scored early in the game. We made a lot of mistakes and we went into the game understanding that if we made a lot of mistakes we'd lose. We made a lot of mistakes and ended up losing."
The Bulldogs (9-2) were able to cross midfield again on their next drive but had to punt the ball away after their drive stalled at Valle's 38-yard line.
The punt landed at Valle's 5-yard line, which led to Fallert's 90-yard gallop and eventual score in the first quarter.
"When you can't tackle, you're not going to be very successful," Bullock said. "(Fallert's) a great back, but we made him look like Jim Brown. There's a couple of times that a few kids backed away from making hits when they needed to make a hit. I wish I could put a better spin on it, but that's just the truth."
After falling behind 21-0, Portageville drove the field once more and made it all the way down to Valle's 1-yard line. The Bulldogs lost their second fumble of the night soon after, giving the ball to the Warriors at their own half-yard mark.
"When you play against a team like that and you have an opportunity to score, you've got to make the most of it," said Allen.
Portageville stumbled on a bit of luck though following their second fumble as Valle fumbled their pitch inside the endzone and was tackled for a safety, giving the Bulldogs their first points of the game.
On their ensuing drive, Portageville quarterback, Bryce Wallace tossed the first of two interceptions. Valle's Jarrod Davis made a spectacular, one-handed snag to pick off Wallace's pass abruptly ending the Bulldog's drive.
Although Fallert, uncharacteristically, fumbled -- which was a strip by Portageville's Denzell Simmons -- the Bulldogs had to punt the ball away for the third time with 1:20 left in the second quarter.
Portageville looked as though they would hold Valle to just three scores before the break, backing the Warriors into a fourth and long situation.
Fallert thought differently.
The junior, who is now Valle's all-time leading rusher in school history, broke free for a 44-yard touchdown run to take a 27-2 lead into halftime.
"We went into halftime thinking it should have been 27-10," Bullock said. "
Fallert dominated the third quarter as well, tacking on runs of 40 and 39 to seal his historic night.
"This is probably the best," Fallert said about his night overall. "There's not much else you can do in a game, but I know we still have work to do. We're working our way up to the championship game."
Just as the clock turned over into the fourth quarter, Allen scored his last touchdown of his career with a 5-yard run up the middle to give the Bulldogs their only score.
Allen finished the game with 111 yards on 24 carries and had 22 touchdowns on the year.
"It was a dream season," Allen said. "If people would have said we would have finished the year 9-2, I wouldn't have believed them. It's been a great year."
V -- Tyler Fallert 31 run (Seth Mueller kick), 4:44
V -- Fallert 3 run (Mueller kick), 1:54
V -- Fallert 1 run (Mueller kick), 9:52
P -- Safety, 5:00
V -- Fallert 44 run (pass failed), 13.9
V -- Fallert 40 run (pass failed), 9:32
V -- Nolan Wood 5 run (Mueller kick), 5:13
V -- Fallert 39 run (Mueller kick), 1:42
P -- Daniel Allen 5 run (Denzell Simmons run), 11:56
Rushing -- Valle, Tyler Fallert 27-481, Nolan Wood 4-18, Trevor Klump 1-(-7), Matt Luttrell 1-1, Justin Roth 5-35, Connor Basler 3-(-3), Garrett Jaegers 3-48, Brendan Samples 1-0, Damian Jokerst 2-(-6). Portageville, Daniel Allen 24-111, Dion Foster 9-49, Denzell Simmons 3-38, Dominique Walker 4-68, Landon Delisle 3-6, Bryce Wallace 4-(-16).
Passing -- Valle, Nolan Wood 1-3-0 3. Portageville, Bryce Wallace 0-5-2 0.
Receiving -- Valle, Justin Roth 1-3.