The Jefferson City Jays vs. the Francis Howell Vikings was a match up of a veteran Jays team that had 24 seniors and 16 starters from a year ago versus an upstart Viking team that had gone 9 and 1 on the season and looking to break a two year jinx where Jeff City had eliminated them from the sectionals.
In addition, Jeff City has the all-state running back Kody Walker, that has rushed for over 4,000 yards in his career. Howell broke on top with a 62 yard drive on their first possession of the game that was capped by a 4 yard touchdown run from Zac Perkins. The Jays then proceeded to turn the ball over three times on two fumbles and an interception. The Vikings took advantage of these turnovers by converting them two more touchdowns, the third score was an exciting 79 yards fumble return for touchdown by Defensive end Josh Brown.
The score stood at 21 to 0 until late in the 2nd quarter when Howell muffed a punt and the Jays converted that into a 44 yard drive for a touchdown. The extra point was missed and the teams went into halftime at 21 to 6. In the second half, the Jays scored on their first possesion on a 96 yard drive that consumed over 7 minutes of the third quarter. After a successful two point conversion, it was suddenly a game at 21 to 14.
The Vikings starting quarterback Brett Graves left the game with a concussion. Junior Eric Siebenshuh came off the bench to throw a 67 yard touchdown pass to Keith Brown, to seal the Viking victory at 28 to 14.
Although star running back Kody Walker rushed for 107 yards, he was not a big factor in the final outcome. The result was characterized by the numerous turnovers by the Jays and the well balanced attack by the Vikings.