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The Blair Oaks Falcons pulled out a victory Friday night thanks a big fourth quarter, but they might not have been in position to make the comeback if not for two pivotal plays in the second period.
WARDSVILLE — With their fortunes on the line, the Blair Oaks Falcons owned the most important quarter of the whole season.
The Blair Oaks Falcons aren’t quite sure what team they’ll face in tonight’s Class 3 District 6 championship game.
With the Helias attack having a decided advantage in time of possession and a stifling defense getting it back to the offense the few times it did surrender it, the Crusaders were never in danger of losing Tuesday night’s Class 3 sectional soccer contest.
It’s hard to pinpoint what was more impressive Friday night for the Blair Oaks Falcons — their high-octane offense or their stifling defense.
After the Blair Oaks Falcons and Eldon Mustangs combined for 109 points in their regular-season meeting, most were expecting similar fireworks in Friday’s playoff matchup.
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WARDSVILLE — After the Blair Oaks Falcons and Eldon Mustangs hooked up in a wildly entertaining game back in Week 3, plenty of fans from both sides were hoping they’d see a rematch this season.
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At this point it’s probably safe to say that if Blair Oaks and Versailles played football 10 times this season, Blair Oaks would win 70-0 every time.
It seems only fitting to quote Yogi Berra almost one month to the day after his death, because it was like “deja vu all over again” for the Blair Oaks football team on Friday night. One week after posting a 70-0 win at Versailles, the Falcons came home and posted a — you guessed it — 70-0 win against the Tigers.
The prospect of replaying a matchup that resulted in a 70-point throttling might not seem to be too enticing to anyone. That is, unless you’re the ones charged with formulating and installing the blueprint for success.
The Lady Crusaders used a scrappy brand of defense to spark them to the Class 3 District 12 Tournament title Tuesday night, as Helias rolled California in the semifinals before taking out Blair Oaks in the championship match. Helias’ 25-15, 25-15 win against Blair Oaks showed off an effort that’s been months in the making.
Facing an overmatched opponent in the first round of the Class 1 District 9 Tournament, the Calvary Lutheran volleyball team did just what it should: It made quick work of the match.
If you have been wanting to see what the future of Blair Oaks football looks like, Friday night was a perfect chance.
The Blair Oaks Falcons scored 10 touchdowns — all of them on the ground — and added a field goal while ripping the Versailles Tigers 70-0 on Friday night. The Falcons’ dominant ground attack churned out a total of 423 yards on just 33 carries, good enough for an average of 12.8 yards per carry. Blair Oaks added another 113 yards through the air as it outgained Versailles 536-76.
With the postseason looming, the Helias and Jefferson City volleyball teams were both able to take some positives out of their regular-season finale Thursday night.
Most times, when football teams play a home-and-home series, it’s in back-to-back years.
With the end of the regular season fast approaching, thoughts are starting to turn to the soccer postseason. So it seems only fitting the Southern Boone Eagles and Helias Crusaders put together a game Saturday that had a definite playoff feel to it.
The Warsaw Wildcats’ best play Friday night was a fake punt. Their worst plays were all tied into their real punts.
Blair Oaks scored 16 points before their offense ever touched the field and the Falcons rolled to a 57-0 win against the Warsaw Wildcats on Friday night.
The Blair Oaks Falcons are averaging more than 50 points per game this season.
With things in hand on Senior Night, you had a feeling the Helias volleyball team would start substituting soon. But the way it played out caught the fans, and one player in particular, by surprise.
On a night where C.J. Closser scored four touchdowns, there was no doubt which one was the biggest.
The California Pintos scored the first and the last touchdowns of Friday night’s game. In between, it was all Blair Oaks.
The Blair Oaks Lady Falcons started quick, but it was the Helias Lady Crusaders who had the better finishing kick in Thursday night’s volleyball showdown.
Coming into the season, the Blair Oaks Falcons and California Pintos had several question marks after losing key contributors from squads that finished the season ranked among the state’s top eight teams in Class 3.
It’s been five games since Ben Mitan strayed out from between the pipes, leaving behind his role as Helias goalkeeper to become a center midfielder.
The Helias volleyball team has played 17 matches so far this season, and it seems like the Lady Crusaders have used almost that many different lineups.
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Blair Oaks won Friday night’s game against School of the Osage thanks to a key stretch in the third quarter, but the Falcons would not have been in position to take advantage if not for some huge plays in the first half.
KAISER — With the result hanging in the balance, it took the Blair Oaks Falcons just 85 seconds to pluck it away.
The Blair Oaks offense is cruising along this season, as the Falcons are averaging 52.2 points per game and haven’t scored less than 42 points in any game.
The Helias Crusaders had several good runs at the start of Tuesday night’s soccer game with Quincy (Ill.) Notre Dame, but just couldn’t come up with enough connections to make them pay off.
The Blair Oaks Falcons and Southern Boone Eagles took turns scoring in the first half of Friday night’s game, with the teams generating points on eight of 12 possessions.
The Blair Oaks Falcons scored 31 unanswered points after halftime and turned a close game into a laugher, rolling to a 61-26 win against the Southern Boone Eagles on Friday night.
It’s Homecoming week for Blair Oaks, and the Falcons are hoping to treat it like just another week on the schedule.
After dropping the first set by a 25-10 score and falling behind 4-1 to start the second, things looked dire for the Fatima volleyball team.
The Helias volleyball team had three players close to double-digit totals in assists Tuesday night, but the biggest assist came before the match even started. When there was a bit of trouble locating the recording of the national anthem, it appeared it might be left up to the crowd to sing it.
The Helias boys soccer team came out a little flat against the Battle Spartans on Monday night, which maybe shouldn’t have come as a surprise. “We started out slow,” Helias midfielder Braden Remmert said. “I think we underestimated them a little bit and played flat. It might be because we were off school today. Driving (to the 179 Soccer Park) from home is kind of different than driving here from school.
Fatima, Jefferson City, Helias also compete
The Blair Oaks Lady Falcons got three of their four hits in a three-run third inning and used tough pitching and defense to keep Centralia from ever crossing home plate, resulting in a 3-0 win at 63 Diamonds.
Indians manage just 11 yards of offense
One week after giving up 47 points in a win against Eldon, the Blair Oaks defense came out and got the same result, but in a much different fashion.
The Blair Oaks Falcons held the Hallsville Indians to just 11 yards on 40 offensive plays Friday night and romped to a 48-0 victory. Hallsville ran the ball 23 times for a staggering minus-34 yards, as their leading ballcarrier netted 3 yards on eight carries. That was running back Garrett Vincent, who had racked up 409 yards rushing on 60 carries in the first three weeks.
The first two weeks of the season, the Blair Oaks Falcons showed off a run-heavy offense with a very low number of passes taking to the air.
With the Waynesville Tigers having two very good middle hitters, the Jefferson City Lady Jays knew slowing them down would be a key. And for a while, the Lady Jays did that.
Kevin Kohler is not exactly easing into retirement. After retiring from public education in 2011 after 29 years that includes stints as a coach, teacher and administrator, Kohler has branched out into a number of activities.
If you like the offensive side of football, the Falcon Athletic Complex was the place to be Friday night.
The Blair Oaks Falcons exploded for 50 points in the second half and rallied for a 62-47 win against the Eldon Mustangs on Friday night. In a game that featured a whopping 137 offense plays resulting in 1,045 combined yards, things actually got off to a slow start at the Falcon Athletic Complex. The only score in the first quarter belonged to Eldon, and that came with :30.7 left when Nick Hendrix hit Levi Shinn with a 34-yard touchdown pass to make it 7-0.
It’s a game that has the potential to wear out the guy working the scoreboard.
Time after time, the ball came across the net, and time after time, the Helias Lady Crusaders picked it up and sent it back. Utilizing some stout defense, the Lady Crusaders won all the long points and plenty of others for good measure, winning the crosstown volleyball showdown with Jefferson City by a 25-13, 25-13 score.
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