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Valle falls to Penney in Missouri Class 1 championship game
ST. LOUIS -- Keagan Prather's 7-yard touchdown run with 5:40 to play gave Penney its first state title, as the Hornets rallied to defeat perennial power Valle Catholic 21-17 in the Class 1 Show-Me Bowl.
Prather's game-winning score was set-up by Dylan Chatwick's 49-yard run, which gave the Hornets (14-0) a first-and-goal at the 7-yard line. Prather took it in on the next play for his second touchdown of the game. He also scored in the first half to give Penney a 14-0 halftime advantage.
The Warriors tied the game in the third quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run by Michael Greminger and a 29-yard touchdown pass from Greminger to Nathan Geile.
Kevin Abts 25-yard field goal gave Valle Catholic (14-1) its first lead. But the Hornets went 66 yards in four plays on their ensuing drive, which was capped by Prather's 7-yard run.
Spencer Davis' 76-yard punt return for a touchdown with 7:47 remaining set a Show-Me Bowl record and helped lift Hazelwood Central to its second straight state title, as the Hawks defeated Blue Springs 35-24 on Friday.
Davis was one of five players to score for Hazelwood Central (13-1) which won its fifth title by beating a Blue Springs team for the second straight season. The Hawks knocked off Blue Springs South 25-20 in the 2008 Class 6 Show-Me Bowl.
Blue Springs finished the year at 12-2. The Wildcats were led by Darrian Miller, who had 36 carries for 182 yards and a TD. Miller finished the year with 309 carries for 2,798 yards and 37 touchdowns.
With his team holding a 28-24 advantage, Davis fielded a punt from Jared Lanpher on his 24 and headed left. Thanks to a key block from Bakari Woods, Davis got the corner and sprinted the rest of the way down the left side line.
His 76-yard return was the longest in Show-Me Bowl history, breaking the record of 68 yards set by current University of Missouri running back Derrick Washington in 2006 when he was with Raymore-Peculiar.
The team's traded touchdowns in the first 24 minutes. Blue Springs took its third lead of the half at 21-14 when Lanpher scored from 1-yard out with 3:17 left in the second quarter. But Hazelwood Central answered that on the next play from scrimmage when Tra Brown took off on a 78-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 21-21 after one half.
Derrick Dilworth completed 13-of-20 passes for 208 yards and two scores to lead Webster Groves to a 31-14 win over Fort Osage in the Class 5 Show-Me Bowl Saturday.
It was Webster Groves' (13-0) fourth state title. Fort Osage, which played in its first state title game, finished the year 13-1.
David Scanlon, who had 74 receiving yards, was the recipient of Dilworth's TD tosses -- his only two catches of the day.
After Fort Osage grabbed a 14-10 lead on a 79-yard TD pass from Edward Pearl to Garry Frisk 3:06 into the third quarter, Desmond Brown gave the Statesmen the lead with a 1-yard run.
Shane Hartzler ran for one touchdown and passed for another to lead Kearney over Helias 27-15 in the Class 4 championship game Friday.
The Bulldogs (13-2) held previously unbeaten Helias (14-1) to 15 net yards rushing, although the Crusaders set a Show-Me Bowl record for longest completion on Clint Distler's 86-yard touchdown pass to Conner White.
Kearney trailed 9-7 at the half and went ahead for good on Hartzler's 1-yard touchdown run with 8:15 left in the third quarter. Keith Ringler added a 36-yard field goal later in the period, and Ashton Hiatt's 4-yard run on the first play of the fourth quarter gave Kearney a 24-9 lead.
The championship loss was the second in two years for Helias, which defeated previously unbeaten Sikeston last weekend in the semifinals.
Trevor Tanner had 22 carries for 131 yards and two touchdowns to lead Cassville to its second straight state title with a 24-7 win over Bowling Green Saturday in the Class 3 Show-Me Bowl.
Joseph Gouvion added 123 yards on 17 carries for the Wildcats (14-1), including an 85-yard touchdown run that tied the score at 7-7. Cassville rushed the ball 47 times for 278 yards and had 407 yards of total offense.
Bowling Green (14-1) was held to 239 yards on 68 plays. Class 2
Gavin Talmadge rushed 18 times for 130 yards and a touchdown, and teammate Derek DeMott ran 13 times for 73 yards and two scores Friday as Maryville beat Brentwood 35-0 in the Class 2 championship game.
Maryville (14-1) went a step further than last year, when the Spoofhounds lost 10-7 to Clark County in the 2008 title game. The loss snapped an 11-game winning streak for Brentwood (12-2).
-- The Associated Press