Valle Catholic wins 14th Missouri state title to set record

Valle Catholic wins 14th Missouri state title to set record

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Valle Catholic wins 14th Missouri state title to set record

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Valle Catholic's Nicholas Oberle dives but comes up just short of the end zone as his is pushed out of bounds (Photo: Jeff Roberson, Associated Press)

Valle Catholic’s Nicholas Oberle dives but comes up just short of the end zone as his is pushed out of bounds (Photo: Jeff Roberson, Associated Press)

On a weekend when many of the nation’s longest active winning streaks ended, Valle Catholic (Sainte Genevieve) kept its streak alive with a 61-36 victory against Hamilton in the Missouri Class 1 title game at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.

In winning its 45th consecutive game, Valle (15-0) also won a third consecutive state title and the 14th state title in school history, moving it past Webb City for the most in state history.

Valle has not lost since the 2012 state championship game when it fell to Hamilton, which also beat Valley in the 2009 title game.

“We kind of downplayed it all week, but at the end of the day, that’s a team that you haven’t been able to get over the hump against,” coach Judd Naeger told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I know those guys weren’t a part of those games, but there were a lot of kids involved in those games who I still get phone calls from.”

The margin of victory was more along the lines of what Valle has been accustomed to: After scoring at least 50 points in 10 games this season, Valley posted one-possession wins on its way to the state title game the last two weeks. Valle beat Thayer, 17-10, and Marceline, 16-13.

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