The Versailles Tigers used an 11-play clock-eating drive in the fourth quarter to secure a 35-21 season-opening victory over the Pirates Friday night.

Senior receiver Brian Oetting pulled in an 11-yard touchdown pass from QB Cory Sheets with 6:21 remaining to ice the game.


The Versailles Tigers used an 11-play clock-eating drive in the fourth quarter to secure a 35-21 season-opening victory over the Pirates Friday night.
Senior receiver Brian Oetting pulled in an 11-yard touchdown pass from QB Cory Sheets with 6:21 remaining to ice the game.
Versailles had built a 29-7 lead late in the first half, but Boonville came with two unanswered scores.
“We needed that win,” Versailles coach Bob Ramsey said. “It was scary because we don’t have any depth and we were getting tired. We tried to not beat ourselves.”
While the offense was running down the game clock, the Tiger defense held Boonville to just six rushing yards in the fourth quarter.
“I can’t say enough about our defense,” Ramsey said. “We’re young and some of our young kids stepped up tonight.”
The Tiger defense stepped up after allowing Boonville QB chuckies Jones to scramble outside the pocket and roam up the right side 59 yards for the game’s first touchdown less than two minutes into the game.
But just over one minute later, Eddie Stevenson scored on a 5-yard reverse to get the Tigers on the board with 9:18 left in the opening quarter.
Kyle Sheets pulled in a 4-yard TD pass from his brother Cory Sheets with 2:24 left in the first quarter.
Aaron Bolton scored the first of two touchdowns in two minutes on a 34-yard pass from Cory Sheets with 9:51 left in the second quarter. Then with 7:50 left, Bolton returned a punt 75 yards for a score and 27-7 Versailles lead after Stevenson ran in the 2-point conversion. Bolton led the Tigers with 123 yards rushing of the team’s 325 total yards.
With about 6:40 left in the half, Boonville muffed a punt deep in its own territory and Oetting tackled the punter in the end zone for a safety and a 29-7 lead.
Versailles plays at Knob Noster Sept. 5.
Versailles    13-16-00-06 – 35
Boonville    07-06-08-00 – 21
First quarter
10:25 Chuckie Jones 59 run (kick good) 0-7
9:18 VERS - Eddie Stevenson 5 run (Kyle Sheets kick) 7-7
2:46  VERS - KSheets 4 pass from Cory Sheets (kick blocked) 13-7
Second quarter
9:51  VERS - Aaron Bolton 34 pass from CSheets (run failed) 19-7
7:50  VERS - Bolton 75 punt return (Stevenson run) 26-7
6:40  VERS - Brian Oetting tackled punter in end zone for safety 29-7
1:39 BOON - Jones 72 run (kick fail) 29-13
Third quarter
5:01 BOON- Jones 62 int return (Jones run) 29-21
Fourth quarter
6:21  VERS - Oetting 11 pass from CSheets (kick fail)35-21