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Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 2:00 pm

In a football game filled with big plays and dramatic moments between Borgia and St. Clair, the biggest play decided the outcome in the final minute.

With the Knights trailing 34-33 and facing fourth down and long from its own 45-yard line, quarterback Justin Baylard escaped pressure out of the pocket and launched a long pass downfield to a wide-open Todd Kleekamp, who made the catch and raced into the end zone with 37 seconds left on the clock to give Borgia a 39-34 victory over the Bulldogs last Friday at Borgia High School.

“It was fourth down. That was it. It was all or nothing,” said Borgia Head Coach Dale Gildehaus. “How did Todd get so open? Justin scrambled so well early in the game and made some big plays. He started to scramble again on that play. Maybe the defender came up a little and we got behind him. Kids make mistakes. It could have been us, just as easily as them.”

It’s the second straight week St. Clair lost in the final seconds of the game after it also happened last week at Hermann.

“We’ve had a few tough losses. I wouldn’t say we’re used to it,” said St. Clair Head Coach Cody McDowell. “I’m proud of the way our kids fought until the end. Some things didn’t go our way. They took advantage of some opportunities and we didn’t. That’s how it works.”

The Knights escaped with the win in the week eight thriller.

“Hat’s off to Cody McDowell’s squad. They had tears in their eyes. We would have been the same way,” Gildehaus said. “They left everything they had on the field and we gave everything we had. We were lucky enough to come through at the end of the game.”

Final Minutes

St. Clair held a 34-27 lead after three quarters and the score remained that way until the last two minutes.

With just over four minutes left to play, the Bulldogs had a possession stall and lined up to punt. They faked the punt and attempted a pass over the middle, which was intercepted by Hunter Warmack.

“Hunter made a big play,” Gildehaus said. “If they got that, it’s over. It was a game of inches and a game of fourth downs.”

The Knights took over at the St. Clair 35-yard line with 4:07 left on the clock.

“The fake punt was my call, so that was on me,” McDowell said. “At the time, that’s the look we wanted and that’s how we went after it. Everybody’s to blame on our side of the ball.”

Borgia capped that drive on a one-yard touchdown run by Baylard with two minutes left in the fourth quarter.

But the extra point missed and St. Clair retained a 34-33 advantage.

Making up for the missed extra point, Borgia kicker Jacob Grellner bounced the onside kick off a St. Clair player, which was recovered by Charlie Smith at midfield.

“Grellner came up with a big-time onside kick,” Gildehaus said. “He practiced that (Thursday) night. He said, ‘Coach, I know what to do.’ So give him credit for that.”

It looked like the Bulldogs had the game won after a pair of sacks, but Baylard and Kleekamp hooked up on fourth down to pull off the dramatic victory.

“It was fourth and a long way. I couldn’t believe how open Todd was, but props to him. Our receivers made plays all night,” Baylard said.

“They got a couple of those long plays early and then we got it under control for a while,” McDowell said. “They got loose and got one behind us. We’ll look at it, learn from it and go on.”

St. Clair got the ball back and completed a hook-and-ladder, but the Knights limited the damage on the play.

“Football is a game where memories are made,” Gildehaus said. “Todd will never forget, his senior year against St. Clair, the last play of the game.”

Statistics

Borgia accumulated 402 yards, 296 passing and 106 rushing.

Baylard was 11-24 passing for 237 yards and four touchdowns. He carried the ball 21 times for 75 yards and one touchdown.

“Justin missed some passes that were open, but he made plays when we needed them, some big-time plays,” Gildehaus said.

Kleekamp had two receptions that both went for touchdowns totaling 114 yards.

Dominic Struckhoff finished with five catches for 78 yards and one touchdown.

Kelan Winters carried the ball 14 times for 31 yards. He also had three catches for 66 yards and one touchdown.

Tyler Breckenkamp and Bret Snider both had one catch for 19 yards. Breckenkamp also had a touchdown reception. Snider threw a touchdown pass to Kleekamp on a reverse pass.

“We didn’t run the ball as well as I would have liked. They took the outside game away,” Gildehaus said. “This was a game of big plays made by Kelan Winters, Drake Raftery, Todd Kleekamp, Justin Baylard and Dominic Struckhoff. That’s the neat thing about it. There wasn’t just one person. It was everybody making plays.”

Defensively, John Hanneken paced the Knights with 10 solo tackles and three assists.

Logan Bell added five solos, one assist and one fumble recovery. Philip Swoboda registered four solos. Warmack had three solos, two assists and one interception.

St. Clair accumulated 416 yards, 277 rushing and 139 passing.

Skyler Hutchison carried the ball 25 times for 248 yards and two touchdowns. He also had one catch for 26 yards. He’s rushed for 1,379 yards on the season.

“We cleaned up some things up front and it showed,” McDowell said. “Hutch knows what to do when there’s a little bit of a crease. He runs hard. Unfortunately, we still came up short.”

Quarterback Collin Scott was 9-16 passing for 139 yards and three touchdowns. He rushed for 15 yards on six attempts.

“Scott played better. We did some good things up front. We’ll keep working and keep getting better,” McDowell said. “We did a lot of things well, but we made plenty of mistakes, too.”

Alex Miller finished with three receptions for 59 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed for 12 yards on two carries. Ian McQueen added two catches for 21 yards.

Harley Love (22 yards) and Kevin Cox (11 yards) both had one catch, both of which went for touchdowns.

Defensively, Jacob Villalobos led the Bulldogs with six solo tackles and two assists. Branden Brown added five solos and two assists.

Keola Bursey collected four solos and five assists. Love finished with four solos and three assists. Jake Oermann had three solos and four assists. Lucas Magruder recovered a fumble.

Game Summary

Borgia scored on its second play from scrimmage on a reverse pass. Snider took the reverse and tossed a 59-yard touchdown pass to Kleekamp just 25 seconds into the game.

St. Clair came right back and scored on its first possession on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Scott to Miller.

Baylard fired a 44-yard touchdown pass to Struckhoff to make the score 14-7 with 3:03 left in the first quarter.

Baylard then connected with Breckenkamp on a 19-yard touchdown pass to increase the lead to 21-7 with no time left in the first quarter.

The only score of the second quarter was by the Bulldogs on a 22-yard touchdown pass from Scott to Love with 9:23 left on the clock.

Borgia took the 21-14 advantage into halftime.

With a healthy dose of Hutchison, the Bulldogs outscored the Knights in the third quarter, 20-6.

Hutchison scored 38 seconds into the third quarter on a 44-yard touchdown run. The extra point failed, which kept Borgia’s lead at 21-20.

The Knights came back on a 38-yard touchdown pass from Baylard to Winters, increasing the Knights’ lead to 27-20.

Hutchison struck again on a 65-yard touchdown run, pulling the Bulldogs to within 27-26.

St. Clair took the lead with 2:06 remaining in the third quarter on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Scott to Cox. Miller scored the two-point conversion on a pass from Scott to make the score 34-27.

The Knights outscored the Bulldogs in the fourth period, 12-0.

Standings

With one week remaining in the regular season, Borgia and St. Clair both are looking at road games in week 10, which is the first round of district play.

In Class 4 District 3, the Knights currently stand in sixth place with 31.86 points. The Bulldogs are in seventh place with 28.16 points.

Ladue holds down the top spot with 47.02 points followed by Westminster (42.77), Sullivan (40.96), Union (39.36), Priory (34.06), Borgia, St. Clair and Pacific (18.14).

Week Nine Preview

Borgia plays its likely final home game of the 2013 season against Four Rivers Conference champion Sullivan (6-2) Friday at 7 p.m.

“We need to have a good week of practice and try to have the same kind of success against Sullivan,” Baylard said.

“Sullivan is loaded. Justin Biermann (Sullivan senior quarterback) has been the class of the Four Rivers Conference for years. They just run it right down your throat and say stop us. Can we? I don’t know. We’re going to have to try to keep the ball out of their hands,” Gildehaus said. “We’re at home. It’s senior night. We know it’s an uphill battle. We know they are the favorite. We have a motto, ‘Believe in getting better.’ We’ll see if we can do it against a very good Sullivan team.”

St. Clair hits the road to play Owensville (1-7) Friday at 7 p.m.

“We’re in no position to overlook anybody. We’ll get ready and prepare for Owensville,” McDowell said. “In week 10, we’ll play wherever we’re supposed to go.”

Box Score

St. Clair 7-7-20-0=34

Borgia 21-0-6-12=39

First Quarter

B-Todd Kleekamp 59 pass from Bret Snider (Jacob Grellner kick), 11:35

S-Alex Miller 12 pass from Collin Scott (Skyler Hutchison kick), 9:29

B-Dominic Struckhoff 44 pass from Justin Baylard (Grellner kick), 3:03

B-Tyler Breckenkamp 19 pass from Baylard (Grellner kick), 0:00

Second Quarter

S-Harley Love 22 pass from Collin Scott (Hutchison kick), 9:23

Third Quarter

S-Hutchison 45 run (kick failed), 11:22

B-Kelan Winters 38 pass from Baylard (pass failed), 8:32

S-Hutchison 65 run (kick failed), 7:47

S-Kevin Cox 12 pass from Scott (Miller pass from Scott), 2:06

Fourth Quarter

B-Baylard 1 run (kick failed), 2:00

B-Kleekamp 55 pass from Baylard (pass failed), :37

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Area Scoreboard

Football

Friday, Sept. 12

*Ft. Zumwalt North 49, Washington 0

*Borgia 35, St. Dominic 0

*Union 27, Pacific 19

*Sullivan 47, St. Clair 21

Hermann 65, Wentzville Liberty 7

*Owensville 29, St. James 28 (OT)

Cuba 22, Windsor 6

*Warrenton 14, St. Charles 6

*Bowling Green 55, Wright City 0

Friday, Sept. 5

Warrenton 14, Washington 6

Borgia 13, Maplewood-Richmond Heights 0 (forfeit)

*Union 32, Sullivan 19

*Pacific 20, St. Clair 18

*Hermann 52, St. James 20

Owensville 35, Cuba 8

*Wright City 36, Montgomery Co. 0

Friday, Aug. 29

Sullivan 30, Washington 8

Borgia 56, Union 13

Ozark 41, St. Clair 0

Potosi 34, Pacific 13

Hermann 54, Cuba 12

Blair Oaks 42, Owensville 0

St. James 36, Houston 18

Warrenton 28, Troy 0

Orchard Farm 36, Wright City 18

Friday, Aug. 22

Washington 26, St. Clair 21

Borgia 48, Owensville 12

Parkway West 49, Union 39

Pacific 28, De Soto 20

Park Hills Central 34, Sullivan 27

St. James 12, Cuba 6

Hermann 61, Montgomery Co 12

Warrenton 26, St. Dominic 23

Trinity 28, Wright City 24

Softball

Monday, Sept. 8

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    4:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Windsor    4:30 p.m.

Hermann at Van-Far    4:30 p.m.

*Union at New Haven, 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Union    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

*New Haven at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

Borgia at Trinity    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 11

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt S    4:30 p.m.

*Union at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Sullivan at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

*New Haven at St. James    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 12

Washington at Howell C Tny    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 13

Cuba Tournament    TBA

Washington at Howell C Tny    TBA

Pacific at Seckman Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 15

Silex at Union    4:30 p.m.

Potosi at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Wellsville at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

Newburg at Owensville    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at Notre Dame    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N    4:30 p.m.

*Union at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Volleyball

Saturday, Sept. 6

Borgia Tournament

Blue Pool

Parkway West def. Hickman, 25-8, 25-12

Borgia def. Washington, 25-6, 25-15

Parkway West def. Washington, 25-19, 25-16

Borgia def. Hickman, 25-21, 25-10

Washington def. Hickman, 25-19, 25-11

Parkway West tied Borgia, 25-15, 22-25

Gold Pool

St. Dominic def. Francis Howell North, 25-14, 25-16

Lutheran South tied Jefferson City, 25-9, 22-25

St. Dominic def. Jefferson City, 25-7, 26-24

Lutheran South tied Francis Howell North, 24-26, 25-18

Jefferson City def. Francis Howell North, 25-9, 25-17

St. Dominic tied Lutheran South, 25-20, 22-25

Seventh Place - Francis Howell North def. Hickman, 25-15, 25-23

Fifth Place - Jefferson City def. Washington, 25-12, 25-20

Semifinal 1 - Lutheran South def. Parkway West, 25-22, 25-20

Semifinal 2 - Borgia def. St. Dominic, 26-24, 23-25, 25-22

Third Place - Parkway West def. St. Dominic, 25-17, 25-9

Championship - Borgia def. Lutheran South, 25-20, 23-25, 25-15

Owensville at Fulton Tny    8:30 a.m.

#ECC vs. Independence    9 a.m.

#ECC vs. Southeast    1 p.m.

St. Clair, Pacific, Sullivan at North County Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 8

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Fox at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Hillsboro at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Tolton at New Haven    6 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

Pacific at Rockwood Summit    4:15 p.m.

Crosspoint at Rivers of Life    5 p.m.

Washington at Owensville    5:30 p.m.

Montgomery Co at Union    5:30 p.m.

Rock Bridge at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Belle    5:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Kingston    6 p.m.

Crosspoint vs. Community Christian    6 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

*ECC at Mineral Area    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 11

Cuba at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    5 p.m.

New Haven at Centralia    5 p.m.

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

Owensville at Fatima    5:30 p.m.

*Rosati-Kain at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 12

Liberty Christian at Crosspoint    5 p.m.

Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

Hermann at Crossroads Inv    TBA

New Haven at SEMO Classic    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 13

Missouri Baptist JV at ECC    10 a.m.

Indian Hills at ECC    2 p.m.

Borgia at Springfield Classic    TBA

Union at Rockwood Summit Tny    TBA

Hermann at Crossroads Inv    TBA

New Haven at SEMO Classic    TBA

St. James at Cuba Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 15

Union at Cuba    5:30 p.m.

Hickman at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Potosi    5:30 p.m.

Montgomery Co at Owensville    5:30 p.m.

St. James at Licking    6 p.m.

ECC at Missouri Baptist JV    6 p.m.

New Haven at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Sullivan at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    5 p.m.

*New Haven at Union    5:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Boys Soccer

Saturday, Sept. 6

St. Charles at Washington    11 a.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic Tny    TBA

Pacific Tournament    TBA

Sunday, Sept. 7

Blue River 3, East Central 1

Monday, Sept. 8

Christian Academy at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

Pacific at Washington    5 p.m.

*Sullivan at St. James    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

Sullivan at Valley Park    4 p.m.

*ECC at St. Charles    4 p.m.

Crosspoint at St. Louis United A    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Union    5 p.m.

St. Clair at Belle    5 p.m.

Mehlville at Pacific    5 p.m.

*Borgia at Duchesne    6:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

Washington at Warrenton    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 11

*Washington at Holt    4 p.m.

Windsor at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Festus    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Calvery Lutheran    5 p.m.

Borgia at Pacific    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 12

ECC at Oakton    4 p.m.

*Fulton SA at Eagle Ridge    4:30 p.m.

Dixon at St. James    5 p.m.

Crosspoint at Jefferson City Lightning    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 13

Washington at Helias    11 a.m.

Cape Central at Union    11 a.m.

ECC at Lake Co    3 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 15

*Sullivan at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Affton at Pacific    5 p.m.

St. James at Richland    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 16

Crosspoint at Fulton St. Albans    4:30 p.m.

Tolton Catholic at Borgia    5:30 p.m.

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

Cross Country

Tuesday, Sept. 9

Sullivan Invitational    4 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 11

Pacific, Sullivan at Steelville Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 13

Forest Park Inv    9 a.m.

New Haven, Hermann, Owensville at Linn Inv    9 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 15

St. James at Bourbon    4 p.m.

Girls Golf

Monday, Sept. 8

Washington at Timberland    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

*O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

Washington at Troy    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at St. Dominic    3:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming

Friday, Sept. 5

Washington at Oakville/CBC    4:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

Washington at Kennedy    5:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

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