Versailles picks up win at Osage and Eldon unable to take down Boonville
Versailles runs past Osage
The legs of Versailles junior quarterback Coby Williams were fresh and ready to go Friday night.
The mobile dual-threat signal caller dashed for 200 rushing yards and three touchdowns, completed 10 of his 14 passes for another 74 yards and the Tigers came home with a 29-13 win over the Indians. It was the program’s first win over its Lake area neighbor since a 19-13 win on the road in 2010.
The night started off as a stalemate with no points after the first quarter, but Versailles soon broke the deadlock as senior running back Michael Trotter found the end zone after punching in a 1-yard run for the first play of the second quarter. Midway through the second quarter, Williams ran in for the first of his three touchdowns on a four-yard run and a two-point conversion from junior tailback Dallas Waller made it 14-0. Osage would not be kept quiet for long, though, as senior quarterback Dalton Depeé hit junior receiver Logan Havner for an 11-yard touchdown strike to cut the deficit in half before halftime.
In the second half, the Versailles offense continued to stay in rhythm. The Tigers marched down the field and Williams found an opening for a 40-yard dash to the end zone and a two-point conversion pass extended the advantage to 22-7. Depeé and company answered right back as the senior signal caller for the Indians ran in a 1-yard score, but the Tigers were not done yet as Williams broke free again with a 45-yard run in the fourth quarter to create the final margin.
Versailles finished with 299 total yards on the ground, averaging 7.1 yards per carry, and Trotter added 72 yards while junior running back Brycen Reynolds finished his night with 27 respectively. Senior receiver Wyatt Espinosa led the receiving corps with 31 yards on three catches while Waller put up 29 yards on five receptions. Defensively, Trotter led the unit with 14 total tackles while junior linebacker Gage Tessier finished with nine and junior defensive lineman Riley Rademann finished with seven. Williams also forced and recovered a fumble from his position at safety.
Osage totaled 142 yards on the ground with Depeé and sophomore running back Mason Clarke leading the way with 50 yards each. Depeé completed five of nine pass attempts for 44 yards and Havner pulled in four of those passes for 33 yards while senior tight end Garrett Sutherland pulled in one pass for 11 yards. Depeé also led the defense with 13 tackles at defensive back, Clarke had eight at linebacker including a sack and Depeé also forced a fumble that was recovered by junior defensive back Luke Funderburk.
Versailles improves to 4-3 overall and 3-2 in the Tri-County Conference with a trip to Lake area neighbor Eldon lined up for Friday night at 7 p.m. Osage (2-5, 1-4 Tri-County Conference) will look to rebound at Blair Oaks on Friday at the same time.
Eldon unable to keep up with Boonville
Eldon was tasked with slowing down a high-powered Boonville offense Friday night and the Mustangs were unable to get the job done in a 34-21 loss to the hometown Pirates.
Boonville entered the contest scoring over 40 points in their last three games and won its fourth game in a row by jumping out to a 27-0 lead by the third quarter that Eldon could not quite overcome. The legs of Boonville junior running back Avian Thomas were a big reason for that as he dashed for 207 of the team’s 282 rushing yards for three touchdowns while junior quarterback Nick Ferrari put up 104 passing yards and two touchdown tosses to junior wideout Tramell Coleman who led Pirate receivers with three catches for 104 yards.
Eldon got on the board via special teams in the third quarter as when senior Dawson Brandt blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown. The other touchdowns came through the air as sophomore quarterback Collin Tamm completed eight of his 18 pass attempts for 110 yards and two touchdowns to junior running back Logan Hall on a 25-yard and six-yard strike.
Hall kept his legs churning for the Mustangs, rushing for 92 yards on 18 carries while hauling in four passes for 82 yards while senior running back Isaiah Parsons led the ground game with 109 yards on 23 touches. Junior receiver Nathaniel Wardenburg also got into the mix, pulling down three receptions for 27 yards of his own.
Eldon (4-3, 2-3 Tri-County Conference) will wrap up its regular season with a pair of Lake area battles. The Mustangs will come Friday night to take on Versailles at 7 p.m., before clashing with rival Osage in the regular season finale the following week.