Vianney, led by running back/defensive back Kyren Williams, will play for its second Class 5 Missouri State High School Football Championships in the last three seasons.
Vianney defeated host Carthage 36-21 in the state semifinals on Nov. 24. The Golden Griffins (10-3), winner of their past four games, will play Fort Osage in the state final at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, at Faurot Field on the campus of the University of Missouri in Columbia. The Golden Griffins won the 2016 Class 5 state crown.
Williams, a Notre Dame commit, was involved in four of five touchdowns against Carthage. He rushed for two touchdowns on runs of 25 and four yards, returned an interception for a 50-yard touchdown and threw a 68-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Fahreed Cheeks.
Williams, the area’s leading scorer with 248 points, has scored 39 touchdowns and seven two-point conversions this season. He gained 134 yards on 18 attempts while fellow running back Percy Mitchell rushed for 99 yards on 17 carries and scored one touchdown on a 17-yard run for his 20th score of the season. Placekicker Andrew Copeland converted three of four extra points and had a 21-yard field goal.
Williams leads Vianney in total offense with 2,046 yards (1,746 rushing yards on 153 attempts and 660 passing yards on 50 receptions). Mitchell leads Vianney in rushing with 1,759 yards on 242 carries. As a team, Vianney has 5,951 total yards (4,055 rushing, 1896 passing).