Vianney tames Oakville Tigers 37-19 in season opener

By STEPHEN GLOVER

History repeated itself Friday night for the Oakville Senior High School football team when the Tigers again dropped their season opener to Vianney 37-19.

Vianney thumped the Tigers 45-21 last season when Golden Griffins quarterback Dalton Hewitt completed eight of 13 passes for 220 yards and three touchdowns.

“We knew going into the game that they would be good,” Oakville head coach Arlee Conners told the Call. “We did good in the first half, but unfortunately not the rest of the game.”

Vianney took a 6-0 lead when James Glad-stone scored on a one-yard touchdown pass from Dalton Hewitt with 10:58 remaining in the first quarter.

But the Tigers immediately responded with a 19-yard touchdown run from Steve Martin with 7:42 left in the quarter.

“Steve had a pretty decent night,” Con-ners said. “He hit the holes hard and went out and got the job done.”

Vianney took a 9-6 lead with 5:47 to play in the quarter when Brett Hassenmueller nailed a 14-yard field goal.

Paul Taylor gave Oakville a 12-9 lead on a 25-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Joe Plassmeyer with 1:57 to play in the quarter.

“Joe started off real well,” Conners said. “As the game went on, I don’t know if he wore down or the offensive line did, but it didn’t come as easy to him as it did at the start of the game.

“Paul played real well in the first half,” the Oakville coach added. “Unfortunately, he cramped up real big in the third quarter.”

Vianney regained its lead when Terry Bujnak caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Hewitt with 8:11 to play in the second quarter.

The Tigers took a 19-16 lead with 29 seconds left when Plassmeyer connected with Mike DeGuire on an 11-yard touchdown pass.

“Mike played probably the best of all the people we had on the field,” Conners said. “He made solid plays throughout the game.”

The Golden Griffins regained their lead on a five-yard touchdown run when Matt Grimes put Vianney ahead 23-19 with 9:47 to play in the third quarter.

Hewitt threw his third touchdown of the game on an 18-yard pass to James Gladstone with 3:32 to play in the third quarter to give Vianney a 30-19 lead.

Gladstone hauled in his second touchdown of the game on a four-yard pass from Hewitt with 9:35 to play in the fourth quarter as Vianney extended its lead to the 37-19 final.

The Tigers are back in action at 7 p.m. Friday when they travel to Mehlville for a showdown with the Panthers.

The Panthers fell 17-7 to DeSmet Friday night in the season opener.

“It’s a big rivalry game,” Conners said. “Both teams are going to want that first win of the season.”