WARDSVILLE -- The Blair Oaks Falcons beat the Cardinal Ritter Lions 55-46 to secure a spot in the football Class 3 state championships.

Jayden Purdy got the Falcons started early with a touchdown in the first quarter with a hand-off from Dylan Hair.

Hair was a big asset this game, helping the Falcons maintain a lead throughout the game.

Cardinal Ritter closed the gap, muscling back to 49-40, but never took charge. Blair Oaks takes the semifinal game and moves on to their second straight championship game in the last three seasons.

Blair Oaks advances to the Class 3 state championships on Dec. 5 at 6:00 p.m. at Adkins Stadium in Jefferson City. The Falcons will face the Maryville Spoofhounds.

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