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Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 1:00 pm

Everyone knew it would just be a matter of time before Sullivan senior Justin Biermann had his breakout game this season.

Fortunately for the Eagles, Biermann dominated Friday night’s Four Rivers Conference opener against the Union Wildcats in a 36-22 victory.

“It was definitely a relief to get that first win,” said Sullivan Head Coach Andy Arnette. “It was an emotional one for me. The boys really played their hearts out and left it all out on the field.”

Union Head Coach Erick Webster said his team was slow to start.

“I knew we might have an issue if it ended up in a shootout,” Webster said. “I think we have a little more firepower than they do, but we didn’t show it until the second half.”

Sullivan (1-2, 1-0) got 220 rushing yards from Biermann on 23 attempts.

Biermann also intercepted three Union passes and returned one of them for a touchdown in the final minute of the game to secure the win.

Last year’s Missourian All-Area offensive and special teams player of the year, Biermann has been playing quarterback for Arnette’s team this season. In losses to Park Hills Central and Festus, Biermann was limited in what he could do. Facing the Wildcats proved to be the tonic Sullivan needed to get into the win column this season.

“It was a great win for our team,” Arnette said. “It was a huge win in the conference and a big win after two losses to tough opponents.”

Sullivan had to sweat as well. After building up a 29-7 lead into the fourth quarter, the Eagles had to withstand a late Union (1-2, 0-1) onslaught which nearly yielded victory for the Wildcats.

“We actually had two or three chances to win it,” said Webster. “We scored on the drive before the final turnover. Logan Bellamy ran for a 19-yard touchdown, but it was called back on a penalty. That gave us first and 20 and we ended up turning the ball over on downs.”

The Eagles ran for 426 yards on 51 carries against Union. While Sullivan was just 1-3 for six yards and one interception, it didn’t need to put the ball into the air.

“Our coaches and players did a great job preparing last week,” Arnette said. “The boys went out and executed the game plan. Our run game was very successful on Friday, and Justin led the way. Our line and other running backs did a great job blocking. It was a total team effort.”

Besides Biermann’s 9.6 yards per rush, Sullivan also got 74 yards on nine carries from Caden Weigl, 70 yards on 10 carries from Michael McDermott, 41 yards on seven carries from Joey Rigdon and 21 carries on two carries from Zach Holtz.

“We just didn’t fill defensively in the first half,” Webster said. “We had to reboot on the defensive side. Once we did that, we were fine.”

Biermann’s pass completion was to Andrew Hines for six yards.

Jake Lochner hit a 43-yard field goal for the Eagles in the game.

“I’m not 100 percent sure, but I think Justin’s three interceptions may be a school record,” Arnette said. “I believe that Jake Lochner’s 43-yard field goal may be a record as well.”

While Sullivan was able to find a weak spot in Union’s run defense, the Wildcats were able to exploit Sullivan’s pass coverage much of the evening.

“Our offense gained 550 yards,” Webster said. “The team that does that probably is not going to lose.”

Blake Hulsey completed 37 of 57 pass attempts for 342 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.

“Blake had completed 60 percent of his passes going into that final drive,” Webster said. “He thought he was invincible. He ran for 131 yards and threw 57 passes. I don’t remember seeing a quarterback attempt 57 passes in a game.”

Jake Siddens was Hulsey’s favorite target and he hauled in 14 catches for 114 yards.

Jacob Carman had six catches for 87 yards and one touchdown. Nick Eads made six catches for 75 yards and Logan Bellamy caught six passes for 27 yards.

“Nick Eads did a remarkable job stepping up for Jobie Richardson,” Webster said. “Jobie just had surgery and possibly could have played. It’s good to know we have that depth.”

John Prosser caught two passes for 17 yards and Tyler Pace caught two passes for 14 yards. Logan Meyer had one catch for eight yards.

Hulsey also paced Union’s rushing offense, which carried for 206 yards on 39 carries. Hulsey kept the ball 23 times for 131 yards and two touchdowns in the game.

“Union is definitely one of the favorites in the FRC this year,” Arnette said. “They have an outstanding quarterback who made a lot of plays on Friday night. They never gave up. They are in store for a successful season. Coach Webster does a great job with those boys.”

Bellamy was next with five carries for 36 yards. Prosser had eight rushes for 32 yards. Nick Maher carried the ball twice for eight yards and Pace had one rush for -1 yard.

Defensively, Union was paced by Ryan Schumaker and Casey Peth, who each recorded 13 total tackles.

Maher was next with 12 total tackles. Joe Laskey and Siddens each made seven total stops. Bellamy, Meyer and Prosser had six total tackles.

TreLin Edwards had Union’s only sack while Bellamy intercepted a pass.

Schumaker kicked two extra points while Hulsey ran for a two-point conversion.

Upcoming Games

The Eagles face another key FRC game this Friday when they visit St. Clair (2-1, 1-0) at 7 p.m.

“We have another tough conference game this week against St. Clair,” Arnette said. “Hopefully we can keep things rolling.”

Union will host Pacific (1-2, 0-1) as both teams try to record their first FRC win of the season.

“If we can play our game and take care of business, we should be fine,” Webster said. “It will be tough to win if we start off slow again.”

The Bulldogs have found their stride with wins over De Soto and Pacific following a season-opening loss to Washington.

Pacific won their opener over De Soto, but then fell to both Potosi and St. Clair.

The player to watch for St. Clair is senior running back-linebacker Skyler Hutchison. He gained 298 rushing yards and scored four touchdowns in the win over Pacific Friday night.

Games between Sullivan and St. Clair frequently have come down to the last play in recent years. The teams also played each other for the district championship last season.

For Pacific, the Indians have turned Lucas Zurliene at quarterback after losing Eain Roberts for the season during the Potosi game.

Linebackers Dalton Voyles and Jeff Hinkle are players to watch on defense for the Indians.

The game will be something of a homecoming for Pacific Head Coach George Hinkle, who spent time at Union as an assistant coach under Brent Eckley.

Box Score

First Quarter

SUL - Justin Biermann 40 run (Jake Lochner kick), 10:51

SUL - Zach Holtz 22 run (kick blocked), 9:36

UNI - Blake Hulsey 18 run (Ryan Schumaker kick), 2:31

Second Quarter

SUL - Biermann 20 run (Lochner kick), 1:54

Third Quarter

SUL - Biermann 8 run (kick blocked), 2:56

Fourth Quarter

SUL - Lochner 43 kick, 11:55

UNI - Hulsey 1 run (Schumaker kick), 9:15

UNI - Jacob Carman 19 pass from Hulsey (Hulsey run), 6:45

SUL - Biermann 80 interception return, (Lochner kick), 1:04


Area Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Friday, Jan. 2

Sullivan at Washington    7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 6

Community Christian at Fulton SA    5:30 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Liberty Christian    7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 8

Fulton SA at Bethel    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:45 p.m.

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    7 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Eagle Ridge    7:45 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

&Borgia vs. Lutheran N    TBA

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Monday, Jan. 12

%St. Charles vs. Bayless    6 p.m.

%Westminster vs. Washington    7:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at Providence    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 13

%Borgia vs. St. Clair    6 p.m.

#South Callaway vs. North Callaway    6 p.m.

#Hermann vs. Russellville    6 p.m.

Heritage Classical at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

%Francis Howell Central vs. Union    7:30 p.m.

#Montgomery Co vs. New Bloomfield    7:30 p.m.

#Harrisburg vs. New Haven    7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

#South Callaway-North Callaway loser vs. Montgomery Co-New Bloomfield loser    6 p.m.

#South Callaway-North Callaway winner vs. Montgomery Co-New Bloomfield winner    6 p.m.

Bethel at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

#Hermann-Russellville loser vs. Harrisburg-New Haven loser    7:30 p.m.

#Hermann-Russellville winner vs. Harrisburg-New Haven winner    7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

%St. Charles-Bayless loser vs. Westminster-Washington loser    4 p.m.

%Borgia-St. Clair loser vs. Francis Howell Central-Union loser    5:30 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

%St. Charles-Bayless winner vs. Westminster-Washington winner    7 p.m.

Providence at Fulton SA    7 pm.

#Seventh-place game    7:30 p.m.

Consolation game    7:30 p.m.

%Borgia-St. Clair winner vs. Francis Howell Central-Union winner    8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

%Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3:30 p.m.

%Consolation game    4 p.m.

%Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

#Championship game    6:30 p.m.

%Championship game    7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Fulton SA at Liberty Christian    6:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at CAGSL    7:30 p.m.

%Washington Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament

Girls Basketball

Friday, Dec. 26

Seckman Tournament

Northwest 43, Mehlville 42

Festus 58, Patriettes 13

Seckman 36, Oakville 28

Pacific 73, Carnahan 38

Saturday, Dec. 27

Seckman Tournament

Mehlville 39, Patriettes 35

Oakville 73, Carnahan 38

Festus 47, Northwest 30

Pacific 51, Seckman 33

Monday, Dec. 29

Seckman Tournament

Seventh-place game—Carnahan vs. Patriettes    1:30 p.m.

Third-place game—Seckman vs. Northwest    1:30 p.m.

Consolation game—Oakville vs. Mehlville    3 p.m.

Championship game—Pacific vs. Festus   3 p.m.

Rolla Tournament

St. Clair vs. Waynesville    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 30

Rolla Tournament

St. James-Sedalia loser vs. Waynesville-St.Clair loser    2 p.m.

St. James-Sedalia winner vs. Waynesville-St. Clair winner    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 31

Rolla Tournament

Consolation game    9 a.m.

Seventh-place game    9 a.m. at MS&T

Third-place game    12 p.m.

Championship game    3 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 2

Hermann at Washington    5:30 p.m.

New Haven at Bourbon    6 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 5

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 6

*Holt at Washington    5:30 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Liberty Christian    5:30 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 7

Borgia at St. Clair    7 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 8

Fulton SA at Bethel    5 p.m.

Park Hills Central at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Cuba at New Haven    6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

*Ft. Zumwalt South at Washington    6 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Eagle Ridge    6:15 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

Borgia vs. MICDS (St. Joseph’s Academy Shootout)    12:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Monday, Jan. 12

Lutheran South at St Clair    5:30 p.m.

Lindbergh at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

@Washington vs. Patriettes    5:30 p.m.

#Harrisburg vs. Russellville    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield vs. Montgomery Co    6 p.m.

Fulton SA at Providence    6 p.m.

@Helias vs. Sullivan    7 p.m.

#North Callaway vs. New Haven    7:30 p.m.

#Hermann vs. South Callaway    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Pacific at Ursuline    4:30 p.m.

Ft. Zumwalt East at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Heritage Classical at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

@St. Charles West vs. Union    5:30 p.m.

@Borgia vs. Eureka    7 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 14

#Harrisburg-Russellville loser vs. North Callaway-New Haven loser    6 p.m.

#Harrisburg-Russellville winner vs. North Callaway-New Haven winner    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield-Montgomery Co loser vs. Hermann-South Callaway loser    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield-Montgomery Co winner vs. Hermann-South Callaway winner    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Bethel at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Northwest at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

@Washington-Patriettes loser vs. Helias-Sullivan loser    5:30 p.m.

@St. Charles West-Union loser vs. Borgia-Eureka loser    7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

@Washington-Patriettes winner vs. Helias-Sullivan winner    5:30 p.m.

Providence at Fulton SA    5:30 p.m.

#Seventh-place game    6 p.m.

#Consolation game    6 p.m.

@St. Charles West-Union winner vs. Borgia-Eureka winner    7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

@Seventh-place game    1 p.m.

#Third-place game    2 p.m.

@Consolation game    2:30 p.m.

@Third-place game    4 p.m.

#Championship    5 p.m.

@Championship    5:30 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Union at Warrenton    6 p.m.

Montgomery Co at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Fulton SA at Liberty Christian    5 p.m.

Parkway West at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

New Haven at Wellsville    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at CAGSL    6 p.m.

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

@Union Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament


Friday, Dec. 26

Union, Pacific at Hillsboro Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 27

Union, Pacific at Hillsboro Tny    TBA

Monday, Dec. 29

Washington at Lindbergh Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Dec. 30

Washington at Lindbergh Tny    TBA

Wednesday, Jan. 7

*Ft. Zumwalt South at Washington     6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 8

Washington at Granite City    4:30 p.m.

Borgia at Hancock Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

Washington at GAC Championships    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

Washington at GAC Championships    TBA

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Union at Liberty Quad    5 p.m.

Washington at Warrenton    6 p.m.

*Sullivan at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 14

*Washington at Holt/Ft. Zumwalt East    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Westminster at Pacific    6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

Union at Branson    5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

Borgia at Owensville Tny    9 a.m.

Washington, Pacific at 141 Rumble    TBA

Union at Branson Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Jan. 20

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt North    6 p.m.

Union at Sullivan/St. James/Warrenton    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Wednesday, Jan. 7

Borgia at Kennedy    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

Borgia/Washington at MICDS    4:15 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 12

Borgia at DuBourg    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Washington at Clayton    4:15 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt West    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt East/Timberland    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games