Rolla wins district opener with Capital City and St. James shut out by St. Clair in district opener

Rolla wins district opener with Capital City

So far, so good for the Rolla Bulldogs. 

The team hosted Capital City in the first round of the Class 5 District 4 playoffs Friday night and the third-seeded Bulldogs downed the No. 6 Cavaliers 35-7 to advance to the district semifinals. 

Rolla led just 7-0 at halftime, but a 21-point third quarter left little doubt and the Bulldogs did not give up a single point until the fourth. 

Rolla's rushing attack was relentless as the Bulldogs gained 395 yards on the ground and it was a team effort. The running game worked so well that the Bulldogs attempted just two passes on the evening.

Junior Gage Klossner led the way with nine carries for 108 yards and a touchdown while senior Isaac Hunter totaled 88 yards and a score on five carries, sophomore Brock Lyle added 72 rushing yards on just two carries, senior Malachi Ray pummeled ahead for 63 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries and junior Hayden Fane finished with nine carries for 56 yards and a score. 

Klossner was the signal caller at quarterback in for Adam Hounsom and he completed pass for 15 yards to Lyle. 

Rolla (5-3) will be on the road Friday night at No. 2 Battle (6-1) with a trip to the district championship on the line. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

St. James shut out by St. Clair in district opener

The season came to a tough end for St. James Friday night as the Tigers were shutout by St. Clair 49-0 in the first round of the Class 3 District 2 playoffs. 

The second-seeded Bulldogs did most of their damage in the first half, building a 42-0 lead by halftime over the No. 7 Tigers. 

Senior quarterback Preston Schmidt went 9-20 for 102 yards and threw three interceptions. Senior Kadin Guese led the receiving corps with three catches for 68 yards while junior Peyton Maylee added a pair of catches for 19 yards and junior Logan Sparks added a 10-yard catch. On the ground, freshman Kaiden Snyder led the way with seven carries for 37 yards, sophomore Cody Wilfong added nine carries for 17 yards  and Schmidt finished with five carries for eight yards as the Tigers finished with 62 total yards on the ground. 

St. James ends its season at 1-9.