Nate Ruble

St. Pius X running back Nate Ruble scores one of his two 79-yard touchdowns against Grandview on Friday night. The Lancers beat the Eagles 41-16 in the I-55 Conference game.

Grandview ran 12 plays on the first series of its I-55 Conference game at St. Pius X on Friday night, but the Eagles’ drive ended at the Lancers’ 34-yard line when quarterback Jakob Brand fumbled and defensive lineman Jackson Hall recovered the ball.

Five plays later Chase Marnin hauled in a 52-yard touchdown pass from St. Pius quarterback Collin Smith and Logan Jacobson’s extra point gave the Lancers a 7-0 lead.

Hall recovered another Brand fumble on Grandview’s next possession, and after the Lancers moved the ball into Eagles’ territory Smith was sacked for a loss of 10 yards by Eric O’Brien and Gavin Oldham, which snuffed out the drive.

Smith scored on a 15-yard run with 6:49 left in the first half to give the Lancers a 13-0 lead.

Lightning struck Grandview twice in the final four minutes of the first half when junior running back Nate Ruble ran for a 79-yard TD to give St. Pius a 19-0 lead and then after junior running back Chase Wilson got the Eagles on the scoreboard with a 6-yard run, Ruble burned them again with a 79-yard TD pass from Smith that gave the Lancers a 27-8 lead at halftime.

The third quarter was scoreless and St. Pius improved to 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the conference with a 41-16 victory. The Eagles scored on the game’s final play on a 10-yard pass from quarterback Clayton Riddle to O’Brien.

For the second straight game, Grandview was without head coach Dave Dallas, who is recovering from a positive COVID-19 test. Dallas told the Leader Friday night before kickoff that he had been cleared by the St. Francois County Health Department to return to Grandview on Monday. Steve Nausley coached the Eagles the last two games in Dallas’s absence.

For the complete story about this game, read Thursday’s Leader.

St. Pius X 41, Grandview 16

Grandview      0   8   0   8 – 16

St. Pius X        7 20   0 14 – 41

First Quarter

S: Chase Marnin 52 pass from Collin Smith (Logan Jacobson kick), 3:25

Second Quarter

S: Smith 15 run (kick failed), 6:49

S: Nate Ruble 79 run (pass failed), 3:42

G: Chase Wilson 6 run (Jakob Brand run), 1:15

S: Ruble 79 pass from Smith (Jacobson pass from Smith), :54

Fourth Quarter

S: Smith 1 run (Jacobson pass from Smith), 3:24

S: Michael Bollinger 2 run (kick failed), 2:09

G: Eric O’Brien 10 pass from Clayton Riddle (Chase Wilson run), :00