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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.”


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.


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


Area Scoreboard

Area Sports Schedule

American Legion Baseball

Senior Legion

Tuesday, July 1

*Daniel Boone 14, Pacific 3

*Washington 20, Sullivan 5

Wednesday, July 2

*Daniel Boone 8, Pacific 2

*Washington 11, St. Peters 1

Thursday, July 3

*Washington 11, St. Charles 0

Friday, July 4

*Pacific at St. Peters    1:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 5

*Washington 20, Pacific 1

Sunday, July 6

*Washington 11, Warrenton 2

Monday, July 7

Washington 9, Creve Coeur 7

Blue Springs Wood Bat Tournament

Wednesday, July 9

Washington 7, Gravette Lions 0

Thursday, July 10

Washington 4, Post 339 West (Bellevue, Neb.) 2

Friday, July 11

Washington 14, Geiger Redi-Mix (Leavenworth, Kan.) 0

Washington vs. Hawthorne Outlaws (Lee's Summit), Jim Moran Field (Hidden Valley), 7 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

Washington vs. TBA, TBA

Sunday, July 13

Semifinal Games, 11 a.m.

Championship, 2 p.m.

Junior Legion

Tuesday, July 1

*Union 5, New Haven 0

*Union 7, New Haven 4

*St. Charles 12, Pacific 5

Thursday, July 3

*Union 13, Hannibal 2

*Union 10, Hannibal 3

*Elsberry at Pacific    7 p.m.

Saturday, July 5

*Daniel Boone at Pacific (DH)    10 a.m.

Union 6, Crocker 5

Union 13, Crocker 7

Freshman Legion

Tuesday, July 1

*Washington 16, Pacific 1

Wednesday, July 2

*Washington 11, St. Peters 0

Ninth District Tournament Schedules

Junior Legion

Tuesday, July 8

At Union High School

G1 (1) Elsberry 3, (8) New Haven 0

At Ronsick Field

G4 (3) Washington 7, (6) Wentzville 1

G4 (2) Union 8, (7) Hannibal 1

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G2 (5) St. Peters 8, (4) St. Charles 6

Wednesday, July 9

At New Haven

G5 Wentzville 4, New Haven 0

G6 St. Charles 8, Hannibal 7 (9 innings)

At Ronsick Field

G7 St. Peters 5, Elsberry 2

G8 Washington 2, Union 1

Remainder at Ronsick Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 Union 7, Wentzville 1

G10 Elsberry 3, St. Charles 2

Friday, July 11

G11 St. Peters vs. Washington, 6 p.m.

G12 Union vs. Elsberry, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 G11 loser vs. G12 winner, 2 p.m.

G14 Championship — G11 winner vs. G13 winner, 5 p.m.

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — G14 winner vs. G14 loser, 2 p.m.

Ninth District Tournament Schedules

Freshman Legion

Tuesday, July 8

At Elsberry Legion Field

G1 (1) St. Charles 7, (8) St. Peters 0

G2 (4) Elsberry-Winfield 4, (5) Wentzville 3

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G3 (3) Hannibal 3, (6) Warrenton 2

G4 (2) Washington 10, (7) West 1

Wednesday, July 9

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G5 St. Peters 17, Warrenton 6

G6 Wentzville 5, West 4

At Elsberry Legion Field

G7 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 2

G8 Washington 3, Hannibal 0

Remainder at Elsberry Legion Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 St. Peters 11, Hannibal 9

G10 Elsberry-Winfield 13, Wentzville 4

Friday, July 11

G12 St. Peters vs. Elsberry-Winfield, 6 p.m.

G11 St. Charles vs. Washington, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 G11 loser vs. G12 winner, 1 p.m.

G14 Championship — G11 winner vs. G13 winner, 4 p.m.

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — G14 winner vs. G14 loser, 1 p.m.

Swim Team Schedules

Washington Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Oaks Landing    Washington 192-100

6-16    Westglen    Washington 259-206

6-23    at Fox Creek    Washington 311-225

6-30    at Chadwick    Chadwick 264-258

7-7    Cherry Hills    Washington 291-140

7-11 at Division Meet, Westminster Christian

Pacific Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    Lake of the Woods    LOtW 176-130

6-16    at Union    Union 289-220

6-23    Bridle Creek    Pacific 371-124

6-30    at Arbor Oaks    Pacific 282-241

7-7    at Indian Hills    Cancelled, weather

7-12    Division Meet    8 a.m.

Union Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Arbor Oaks    Union 180-120

6-16    Pacific    Union 289-220

6-23    at Lake of the Woods    LoTW 312-201

6-30    Indian Hills    Union 322-275

7-7    Bridle Creek    6 p.m.

7-12    at Division Meet, Pacific    8 a.m.

Pacific Diving Team

Date    Opponent    Time

6-14    at MAC West    MAC West 40-30

6-21    at Lindgate    Lindgate

6-28    at Cool Dell    9 a.m.

7-13    at Championships    8 a.m.

Great Midwest Football League

July 5

Missouri Cyclones 22, Midwest Chargers 14

July 12

Missouri Cyclones at Missouri Valley Pitbulls, St. Charles High School, 5 p.m.

Ninth District Standings

July 1, 2014

District Games Only

Senior Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

West    11    2

Daniel Boone 262    9    3

Washington 218    11    5

St. Charles 312    9    5

Elsberry 226    8    5

Wentzville 323    5    5

St. Peters 313    7    7

Pacific 320    3    10

Warrenton 122    0    10

Sullivan 18    1    12

2014 Final Standings

Junior Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

Elsberry 226    20    2

Union 297    19    3

Washington 218    18    4

St. Charles 312    14    8

St. Peters 313    12    10

Wentzville 323    12    10

Hannibal 55    10    12

New Haven 366    9    13

Daniel Boone 262    5    14

Warrenton 122    3    16

Pacific 320    3    15

Sullivan 18    0    20

Freshman Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

St. Charles 312    20    0

Washington 218    17    3

Hannibal 55    16    4

Elsberry-Winfield 226    14    6

Wentzville 323    9    11

Warrenton 122    8    12

West    7    13

St. Peters 313    6    14

New Haven 366    5    15

Pacific 320    4    16

Elsberry 226    4    16

*Indicates League Games

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