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Posted: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 2:15 pm

While the Borgia football Knights earned respect Saturday in Town and Country, Head Coach Dale Gildehaus would have preferred to get the victory.

Borgia (4-3) fell to Westminster Christian Academy (6-1) by a 35-20 final score.

“I hate to lose and they do too,” Gildehaus said. “Losing is contagious. I don’t want that because we’ve been losing too much over the last two years. They left everything out there today. This one hurts.”

Borgia never led in the game, but was tied after one quarter and fought back to within seven points through three quarters.

“They kept trying,” Gildehaus said. “To do that against this team, which played John Burroughs and the schools they’ve beaten, all I ask is to gain respect. I think we gained some today, but there’s still a long way to go.”

However, the Wildcats scored twice early in the fourth quarter to put the game away.

The Knights never gave up and scored the game’s final touchdown.

“We did a lot of good things, but mistakes were made,” Gildehaus said. “You can’t do that when you’re a young team.”

Don’t Give Up

One thing which impressed observers was the fact that the Knights never stopped working and even scored the game’s last touchdown.

Westminster was a huge favorite going into the game and scored early.

“The way the game started out, it looked like they would run away with it,” Gildehaus said. “They did what they wanted. Then we scored.”

Borgia fought back to tie the score and it was 7-7 for some time. After that, the Knights picked up confidence and were able to stick with the Wildcats for much of the rest of the game.

Gildehaus said that by scoring on Borgia’s first drive of the second half, the Knights earned respect.

“To come out in that opening drive, all of a sudden we’re in it,” Gildehaus said. “That was the big thing about our kids today. We didn’t lie down. I’m proud of the effort from each and every one of them. We had a makeshift line with Nathan Held getting hurt just last night. James Mullen did a pretty good job stepping into left tackle. Logan Bell played left guard. Noah Garcilaso was new at center. It basically was a lot of guys in new positions.”

Gildehaus said there’s plenty to build upon for the rest of the season.

“There are a lot of positives which came from this game today,” Gildehaus said. “We’ve got to run the ball a little bit better, but throwing the ball we made great strides today.”


Gildehaus feels it’s getting too late in the season to settle for moral victories. The Knights stand sixth in Class 4 District 3 with 30.76 points while Westminster is second at 42.03 points.

Had Borgia been able to knock out the Wildcats, they would have been able to climb in the standings, perhaps to a point to where they would have a chance at hosting a Week 10 game.

“This one hurts,” Gildehaus said. “But we have to go back to work on Monday because St. Clair doesn’t care if we feel bad or not.”

At the current rate, the Knights would have to go onto the road. Borgia has a key game against St. Clair (3-4, 29.2 points) this week at home and follows up with Sullivan (5-2, 40.57 points) in the ninth week.

“We haven’t been home in a long, long time,” said Gildehaus. “We’ll have our fans and our school there.”

St. Clair is seventh in the district while Sullivan holds down the third spot.

“Cody McDowell does a great job,” Gildehaus said about the St. Clair coach. “We always joke. He’s got a newborn. I told him I would buy him something blue and gold. He told me, ‘no, that’s OK.’ Doggone, he’s a good man. They do a great job. They lost last night against a very good Hermann team.”

Gildehaus knows it’s going to be a rough game Friday night.

“St. Clair will play their best ballgame of the season against us,” said Gildehaus. “Any time you play a well-coached football team, you had better be ready. St. Clair probably is more physical than any other team we’ll play all year. We’ve got to be physical as well. This game is so big because of the district seeds.”

Gildehaus knows to get anything out of the game, the Knights have to stop Skyler Hutchison.

“It’s not only him, but also the rest of the team,” Gildehaus said. “They do a great job running the ball. We’ve got to stop him first. We’ve got to make them do something they are not used to doing. Hermann slowed down the running game and made them throw the ball. Hutchison is an outstanding running back. He’s a difference maker within their team. If we can stop him, we’ll win the ballgame. If we let him loose, they’ll win the ballgame.”

Calpreps.com has projected Borgia to win, 28-27. The MasseyRatings.com website was down as of press time.

Westminster finishes out the regular season against Class 3 schools Bishop DuBourg (2-5) and Duchesne (6-1).

Duchesne sealed the Archdiocesan Athletic Association Large Division title last week with a 35-0 win at St. Dominic.


Westminster outgained the Knights, 375 yards to 282.

Westminster rolled up 178 rushing and 197 passing yards. Borgia recorded 147 rushing and 185 passing yards.

Borgia quarterback Justin Baylard completed 12 of 27 passes for 185 yards and three interceptions, but it was his demeanor in trying to locate targets which impressed many.

“The young man who I thought did the best job of the year was Justin Baylard,” Gildehaus said. “I’ve been on him because I expected a lot more from him from what he did on the JV level last year. Last week, he did OK. Today, he made plays. He scrambled. He didn’t go down. He just kept scrambling and made plays. He threw the ball to several different kids. That tells me his head was up and he was looking for different receivers and making plays. He was a leader. That’s what made me proud of him.”

Baylard bounced off of would-be tacklers in the backfield like a pinball and was able to either make passes or scramble.

Dominic Struckhoff caught four of Baylard’s passes for 60 yards.

Todd Kleekamp came up with three catches for 50 yards.

Drake Raftery made two huge receptions for 51 yards.

Receivers with one catch each were Tyler Breckenkamp (12 yards), Riley Durbin (eight) and Charlie Smith (four).

On the ground, Kelan Winters was Borgia’s top runner, gaining 93 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries.

“Kelan is a player,” Gildehaus said. “He gets another touchdown called back on a mistake.”

Baylard ran seven times for 23 yards and one touchdown.

Struckhoff had five carries for 16 yards and Bret Snider ran a fake punt for 15 yards.

Winters gave Borgia good field position with three returns for 89 yards. Raftery had two returns for 26 yards.

Defensively, John Hanneken had 10 total tackles to lead the Knights.

“John Hanneken played well,” Gildehaus said. “All of these kids are playing better.”

Phillip Swoboda led Borgia with seven solo tackles with one assist.

Brandon Guehne had six solo tackles. Cody Smith had five total tackles and one sack.

Max Baker, Raftery and Struckhoff each had four total stops.

Borgia stopped itself at times, taking 10 penalties for 65 yards.

“You can’t be first and 15,” Gildehaus said. “You can’t be third and three and then end up third and 18. You can’t do those things.”

The Wildcats were flagged six times for 65 yards.

Westminster posted 12 first downs and Borgia had 11. Westminster was 5-9 on third-down conversions and Borgia went 4-11.

Jacob Grellner kicked two extra points. The snap was bad on the third.

Trey Merritt ran the ball 18 times for 133 yards and two touchdowns for the Wildcats.

Blake Sutphen carried twice for 22 yards while Brett Bond had five carries for 12 yards and Caleb Miller ran three times for 12 yards.

Bond went 11-16 for 152 yards and one touchdown at quarterback. Brendan Bognar was 3-7 for 45 yards and one score.

Through the air, Brennan Hehner had five catches for 64 yards and one touchdown.

Demetris Williams caught two passes for 66 yards and one touchdown.

Zach Hughes pulled in three passes for 27 yards. Bond had one catch for 19 yards and Sutphen caught one pass for 14 yards.

Merritt, Sutphen and Bradley Almus intercepted passes. Carson Burke had one sack.

Caleb Miller led the Wildcats with eight solo tackles and three assists. Travis Ralls had 10 total tackles.

Key Play

While it didn’t change the outcome of the game, Borgia was not happy about what it perceived as a no-call early in the fourth quarter.

Borgia trailed 28-14 and was driving down the field. Baylard escaped from pressure up the middle and scrambled around, firing a high pass at Winters.

While Winters was hit just before the ball got to him, it deflected it to Merritt, who returned it to set up his own 27-yard touchdown to seal the outcome with 8:14 to play.

Borgia’s coaches discussed the play with the officials, who claimed they were not in position to see the contact due to the broken play.

So, instead of Borgia potentially scoring to cut it to 28-21 with plenty of time left on the clock, Westminster took a three-score lead, 35-14.

“We were driving,” Gildehaus said. “After that, it was a done game. Unfortunately that happens. It’s part of the game.”

Box Score

BOR 7-0-7-6=20

WES 7-14-0-14=35

First Quarter

WES - Brett Bond 1 run (David Williams kick), 6:06

BOR - Kelan Winters 3 run (Jacob Grellner kick), 3:09

Second Quarter

WES - Trey Merritt 3 run (Williams kick), 10:56

WES - Brennan Hehner 20 pass from Brendan Bognar (Williams kick), 8:03

Third Quarter

BOR - Justin Baylard 3 run (Grellner kick), 5:26

Fourth Quarter

WES - Demetris Williams 23 pass from Bond (Williams kick), 11:12

WES - Merritt 27 run (Williams kick), 8:14

BOR - Winters 7 run (pass failed), 0:59


Area Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Rock Bridge 79, Northwest 27

^Lutheran South 76, Hillsboro 43

Owensville 41, Hermann 40

St. James 80, Montgomery County 39

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Jackson 65, Pacific 44

^Borgia 82,  Union 61

~Warrenton 69, Chamois 24

^Washington 49, St. Clair 45 (OT)

~Wright City 51, New Haven 37

*Bethel at Crosspoint    7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

^Hillsboro 49, Northwest 34

~New Haven 35, Chamois 28

~Wright City 47, Warrenton 41

^Union 63,  St. Clair 60

~Hermann 63 vs. Montgomery Co 5

St. James 57, Owensville 35

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge 80, Lutheran South 59

^Borgia 46, Washington 43 (OT)

*Providence at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

^Seventh-place game — St. Clair vs. Northwest   2:30 p.m.

~Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

^Consolation — Union vs. Hillsboro    4 p.m.

~Consolation    4 p.m.

^Third-place game — Washington vs. Lutheran South   5:30 p.m.

~Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

^Championship — Borgia vs. Rock Bridge    7 p.m.

~Championship    7 p.m.

^Union Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Monday, Feb. 2

New Haven at Silex   5:30  p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Whitfield at Union    4 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

Pacific at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Fulton SA at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

Wellsville at New Haven     6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Mary’s    6:45 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

Rock Bridge at Borgia    7:15 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Owensville at New Haven   6 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Holt 60, Pacific 57

^Warrenton 42, Union 40

~Owensville 64,  Montgomery Co 32

Borgia 62, Cardinal Ritter 41

^St. Clair 64, Lutheran South 45

~Hermann 57, Wright City 26

Washington 74, Wentzville Liberty 19

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Fulton SA at Barat    4:30 p.m.

~New Haven 42, Montgomery Co 34

*Bethel at Crosspoint    6:15 p.m.

~Chamois 61, Wright City 20

Wednesday, Jan. 28

^Pacific 62, Union 59 (OT)

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    5 p.m.

^Lutheran South 54, Wentzville Liberty 40

~Owensville 54, New Haven 24

^Warrenton 51, Holt 44

~Chamois 50, Hermann 45

^Washington 54, St. Clair 31

Thursday, Jan. 29

*Notre Dame 50, Borgia 45

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game — Union 66, Wentzville Liberty 31

~Consolation — Montgomery Co. vs. Wright City    5 p.m.

^Consolation — Lutheran South 55, Pacific 49

*Providence at Crosspoint    6 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    6 p.m.

~Third-place game — Hermann vs. New Haven   6:30 p.m.

^Third-place game — Holt 63, St. Clair 49

~Championship — Owensville vs. Chamois   8 p.m.

^Championship — Washington 61 Warrenton 50

Monday, Feb. 2

#Borgia vs. Patriettes    4 p.m.

#Cardinal Ritter vs. Union    5:20 p.m.

De Soto at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    6 p.m.

#Washington vs. Parkway South    6:40 p.m.

Chamois at New Haven    7 p.m.

#Helias vs. Troy    8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

#Washington-Parkway South loser vs. Helias-Troy loser    4 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes loser vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union loser    5:20 p.m.

#Washington-Parkway South winner vs. Helias-Troy winner    6:40 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes winner vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union winner    8 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Barat at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

#Seventh-place game    noon

#Consolation    1:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3 p.m.

#Championship    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Elsberry    5 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    6 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

^Washington Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

#Borgia Tournament


Tuesday, Jan. 27

*Pacific 42, St. Clair 33

Borgia 36, Hallsville 30

Helias 66, Borgia 21

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Summit 39, Union 34

Owensville 41, Pacific 38

Pacific 45, St. James 28

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at DeSoto   5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at DeSoto 9 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

Borgia at O’Fallon Christian    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at AAA Tny    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at Union    6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

Washington at Seckman Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at Francis Howell Central Inv    9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Pacific at Parkway Central Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Timberland 140, Washington 96, Ft. Zumwalt East 87

Thursday, Jan. 22

Oakville 120, Washington 115, University City 9, Mehlville 6

Saturday, Jan. 24

Washington 91, Borgia 80

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Washington 122, St. Charles West 46

Thursday, Jan. 29

Washington at Affton/Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic    8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at McCluer North    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at MICDS/Duchesne (Rec-Plex)    8:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

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

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Borgia at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Wednesday, Feb. 11

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 12

Borgia at AAA Meet    TBA

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

*Conference Games