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Posted: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 3:30 pm

Blake Hulsey’s first half proved to be just a little better than Craig Winkelmann’s second half.

And that’s what proved to be the difference as the Union Wildcats edged the Hermann Bearcats Friday at Stierberger Stadium, 21-14.

“It’s a great accomplishment,” Union Head Coach Erick Webster said. “They played really tough. They did a great job tonight. They’re a pretty good football team in my book.”

Hermann Head Coach Andy Emmons said his team came out strong in the second half.

“It was definitely a tale of two halves,” Emmons said. “We played much better in the second half. I was very proud of our defense especially how they played in the second half.”

The home victory gave Union (7-2, 5-1) second place in the Four Rivers Conference over the Bearcats (5-4, 4-2).

Additionally, both teams will host Week 10 playoff games Thursday. Union will host Priory (5-4) while Hermann will host Hallsville (6-3). Both games will start at 7 p.m.

Hulsey, Union’s junior quarterback, scored three touchdowns in the first half while Winkelmann accounted for all 14 Hermann points in the second half.

Hulsey’s touchdowns were:

• 8:32 left in first quarter on a one-yard run (kick failed);

• 3:04 left in second quarter on a one-yard run (Hulsey ran for conversion); and

• 14.4 seconds left in the second quarter on a five-yard run (Grant Henry kicked the extra point).

Winkelmann’s scores were:

• 9:49 left in third quarter on a 12-yard run (kick failed); and

• 2:29 left in third quarter on a 12-yard run (Winkelmann ran for the conversion).

“We had a couple of rough things happen,” Webster said. “We had a pass bounce off a kid’s pads in the end zone. That was the difference between a 28-7 lead and a 21-14 lead and that led to a fight at the end. I’m pleased our guys got the chance to play for four full quarters. We haven’t had that in a few weeks.”

Henry Fights Back

The one point in the game not scored by either of the quarterbacks came on a kick by Union senior Grant Henry. While the conversion kick may be lost in the box score, there’s a lot more to the story.

Just suiting up for game was a victory for Henry, who was severely injured in an accident on Old Highway 50 prior to 7 a.m. March 14.

Henry’s white Mustang struck a ditch, went airborne and struck a utility pole before overturning.

He was flown to St. Louis Children’s Hospital for treatment and the recovery has been a long one.

“We were wondering if he was going to make it to the next week,” Webster said.

After returning to school, Henry was able to rejoin the football team, but wasn’t cleared for competition until the day before the Hermann game.

“We went from there to working for the last couple of months with kicking and trying to find something he could do,” Webster said. “We wanted to keep him as part of the team. He came out here and got his chance. You can’t have a better ending to the story than him making it. I’m extremely proud of him and the fight he’s been through. He’s still got a long way to go, but I’m extremely proud of him.”

And, with Union leading 20-0 late in the second quarter, Henry was sent into the game to attempt the conversion kick following Hulsey’s third score.

Hermann, showing tremendous sportsmanship, did not rush the kick and Henry kicked the ball through the uprights to make it 21-0.

“We were happy to allow Grant Henry to get the opportunity to kick the extra point,” Emmons said. “I explained the situation to our guys when the timeout was called. We have a great group of young men and we are very disciplined so I had no doubt they would do the right thing.”

Union’s Quick Double

Henry’s extra-point kick came soon after Union scored its second touchdown in less than three minutes, moving from a 6-0 lead to a 21-0 advantage by the half.

Union was able to move the ball in the final minute to score a decisive touchdown.

After Hermann was halted near midfield, the Wildcats stormed back. Hulsey hit Logan Bellamy for a 45-yard gain down to the Hermann 12 with 29.8 seconds to play.

Hulsey followed up by finding Jake Siddens for a seven-yard pass down to the five with 24.3 seconds to go.

With time running out, Hermann made it difficult for Hulsey to find an open receiver from the five, so he scrambled into the end zone for a score with 14.4 seconds left in the half.


Union picked up 270 passing and 136 rushing yards in the game.

Hermann ran for 368 yards and passed for 56 yards.

Hulsey was 20-31 for 270 yards and one interception through the air. He carried the ball 21 times for 29 yards and three touchdowns.

For the season, Hulsey surpassed 3,000 passing yards during the contest. He now is 213-299 for 3,017 yards, 27 touchdowns and six interceptions.

For Hermann, Winkelmann carried the ball 14 times for 126 yards and two touchdowns. He was 5-10 passing the ball for 56 yards and one interception.

Union’s top rusher was John Prosser, who ran 11 times for 46 yards. Bellamy picked up 22 yards on three carries while Jacob Carman had three rushes for 19 yards.

Deric Purnell ran once for 13 yards while Nick Maher had one carry for seven yards.

After Winkelmann, Chris Hug picked up 89 yards on 11 carries for Hermann. Garret Leimkuehler ran five times for 74 yards. Saige Hale posted nine carries for 50 yards.

Jarrod Kolbe ran three times for 24 yards while Jordan Leicht had one carry for three yards and Conner Lane ran once for two yards.

Siddens caught the most passes, six, while gaining 64 yards for the Wildcats.

Bellamy caught four passes for 86 yards. Jobie Richardson had four catches for 50 yards.

Carman caught three passes for 38 yards. Maher had one reception for 23 yards. Tyler Pace caught one pass for eight yards and Prosser had one catch for one yard.

Hermann’s top receiver was Kody Thompson, who had three receptions for 31 yards. Leimkuehler caught one pass for 17 yards and Grant Ruediger had one catch for five yards.

Defensively, Ryan Schumaker intercepted a pass, which thwarted one Hermann drive.

Thompson intercepted a deflected pass for the Bearcats in the end zone and returned it 48 yards to set up a Hermann drive.

For Union, Prosser, Joe Lasky and Casey Peth each had one sack. Kolbe led Hermann with two sacks while Leicht, Hale, Cody Hudson and Zach Speckhals had one sack each.

Maher led Union with 15 total tackles, including 10 solo stops. Ben Jeffs had 10 total tackles. Lasky had eight while Logan Meyer, Bellamy and Prosser each had seven. Siddens was next with six.

Kolbe led Hermann with 12 total tackles, including 10 solo stops. Speckhals had 11 total tackles while Lane recorded 10, Leicht ended with nine and Winkelmann had eight. Colton Hale and Saige Hale each had seven stops.

Week 10 Previews

Union gets a rematch this week against Priory, the same district first-round opponent it faced last year.

In 2012, the Wildcats had to go on the road and lost in an 8-0 game to the Rebels. This year, Priory comes to Union Thursday. Kickoff at Stierberger Stadium is set for 7 p.m.

Priory brings a 5-4 record to Union. The Rebels have posted wins over Alton Marquette, Lutheran North, Lutheran South, Affton and St. Dominic this season.

Losses have been against John Burroughs, MICDS, Westminster Christian and Breese, Ill., Mater Dei.

The loss to Westminster came by two points, 20-18. The Rebels held John Burroughs to 21 points in Week 3 in a 21-6 loss.

Union will have to stop quarterback Andrew Rund to have a chance in the game.

Rund has completed 76 of 138 pass attempts for 961 yards and 12 touchdowns. He’s thrown six interceptions.

On the ground, Rund has carried the ball 116 times for 590 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Dominic Coppola also will see a lot of carries. He has 108 on the season for 568 yards and three touchdowns.

When the Rebels throw, Patrick O’Brien is the top target with 24 catches for 275 yards. But Rund also will look for Patrick Agnew (13 catches for 240 yards and two touchdowns) and Jack Heitz (16 catches for 224 yards and four touchdowns).

Defensively, Paul Deschler is the top tackler with 58 total stops and two sacks. Kevin Schilling also has two sacks while Will O’Brien and Cole Esparrago each have two interceptions.

Hermann hosts Hallsville Thursday in a Class 2 District 6 quarterfinal at 7 p.m.

“Hallsville should be a very physical and tough game,” said Emmons. “I would expect it to be a very exciting one.”

Hallsville comes into Thursday’s game with a 6-3 record. The Indians have beaten Fayette, Paris, Warsaw, Versailles, Osage and Southern Boone.

The win over Osage came in overtime, 41-34.

Losses have been against Blair Oaks, California and Eldon.

Joe Forge has completed 77 of 153 pass attempts for 1,170 yards, eight touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Gabe Breuer (21 catches for 456 yards and six touchdowns), Gabe Sheffield (26 catches for 419 yards and two touchdowns) and Skyler Creed (18 catches for 192 yards) are the top receivers.

On the ground, Creed is the top runner with 160 carries for 1,108 yards and 10 touchdowns. Austin Cochran has carried the ball 74 times for 551 yards and eight touchdowns while Forge has run 73 times for 218 yards and seven touchdowns.

Defensively, Collin Drummond leads the way with 96 total tackles.

Box Score

HER 0-0-14-0=14

UNI 6-15-0-0=21

First Quarter

UNI - Blake Hulsey 1 run (kick failed), 8:32

Second Quarter

UNI - Hulsey 1 run (Hulsey run), 3:04

UNI - Hulsey 5 run (Grant Henry kick), 0:14.4

Third Quarter

HER - Craig Winkelmann 12 run (kick failed), 9:49

HER - Winkelmann 12 run (Winkelmann run), 2:29

Fourth Quarter

No Scoring


Area Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Monday, Jan. 12

%St. Charles 85, Bayless 32

%Westminster 64, Washington 44

Fulton SA at Providence    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Pacific 48, Eureka 38

%Borgia 72, St. Clair 36

#South Callaway 68, North Callaway 29

#Hermann 28, Russellville 13

Crosspoint 59, Heritage Christian Academy 18

%Francis Howell Central 87, Union 79

#New Bloomfield 63, Montgomery Co 59

#Harrisburg 48, New Haven 39

Thursday, Jan. 15

#North Callaway 65, Montgomery County 58

#South Callaway 84, New Bloomfield 58

Bethel at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

#Russellville 36, New Haven 34

#Harrisburg 51, Hermann 44

Friday, Jan. 16

%Washington 71, Bayless 43

%Union 65, St. Clair 52

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

%St. Charles 67, Westminster 50

Providence at Fulton SA    7 pm.

#Seventh-place game — New Haven vs. Montgomery Co.    7:30 p.m.

Consolation game — Russellville vs. North Callaway    7:30 p.m.

%Borgia 60, Francis Howell Central 53

Saturday, Jan. 17

%Seventh-place game — Bayless 58, St. Clair 43

#Third-place game — Hermann vs. New Bloomfield   3:30 p.m.

%Consolation game — Washington 66, Union 59

%Third-place game — Westminster 66, Francis Howell Central 62

#Championship game — Harrisburg vs. South Callaway    6:30 p.m.

%Championship game — St. Charles 65, Borgia 40

Sunday, Jan. 18

Pacific vs. Jefferson City (Mizzou)    5:30 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 19

Union 86, Warrenton 62

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Park Hills Central 72, St. Clair 55

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

Crosspoint at CAGSL    7:30 p.m.

Linn 59, New Haven 38

Thursday, Jan. 22

Union 86, Cuba 72

Fulton SA at Rivers of Life    6 p.m.

Borgia 70, O'Fallon Christian 35

*Crosspoint at Thomas Jefferson    7 p.m.

Pacific 69, Wichita Independent 46

Friday, Jan. 23

Cuba at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Borgia at Trinity    6:45 p.m.

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

*Fulton SA at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

Pacific vs. Riverton at Frontenac Tny (Kan.)    8:30 p.m.

New Haven at Chamois    6 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 24

Pacific vs. TBA, Frontenac Tny (Kan.)    TBA

Monday, Jan. 26

^Rock Bridge 79, Northwest 27

^Lutheran South 76, Hillsboro 43

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Jackson at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

^Borgia vs. Union    5:30 p.m.

~Warrenton vs. Chamois    6 p.m.

~Hermann vs. Owensville    6 p.m.

^Washington vs. St. Clair    7 p.m.

~Wright City vs. New Haven    7:30 p.m.

~Montgomery Co vs. St. James    7:30 p.m.

*Bethel at Crosspoint    7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

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

Thursday, Jan. 29

^Northwest vs. Hillsboro   5:30 p.m.

~Warrenton-Chamois loser vs. Wright City-New Haven loser    6 p.m.

~Warrenton-Chamois winner vs. Wright City-New Haven winner    6 p.m.

^Borgia-Union loser vs. Washington-St. Clair loser    7 p.m.

~Hermann-Owensville loser vs. Montgomery Co-St. James loser    7:30 p.m.

~Hermann-Owensville winner vs. Montgomery Co-St. James winner    7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge vs. Lutheran South    5:30 p.m.

^Borgia-Union winner vs. Washington-St. Clair winner    7 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

^Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

~Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

^Consolation    4 p.m.

~Consolation    4 p.m.

^Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

~Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

^Championship    7 p.m.

~Championship    7 p.m.

%Washington Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament

^Union Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Girls Basketball

Monday, Jan. 12

St. Clair 60, Lutheran South 49

Pacific 65, Lindbergh 40

@Washington 79, Patriettes 28

#Harrisburg 69,  Russellville 45

#New Bloomfield 54, Montgomery Co 29   

Fulton SA at Providence    6 p.m.

@Helias 47, Sullivan 42

#North Callaway 49 vs. New Haven 39 

#Hermann 44 vs. South Callaway 40

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Ursuline 63, Pacific 44

St. Clair 58, Ft. Zumwalt East 27

Heritage Classical at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

@St. Charles West 45, Union 38

@Borgia 57, Eureka 35

Wednesday, Jan. 14

#Russellville 43,  New Haven 24

#North Callaway 63, Harrisburg 57

# South Callaway 46, Montgomery Co 28

#New Bloomfield 58, Hermann 50

Thursday, Jan. 15

Bethel at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

St. Clair 54, Northwest 38

@Sullivan 64, Patriettes 32

@Union 56, Eureka 26

Friday, Jan. 16

@Helias 38, Washington 35

Providence at Fulton SA    5:30 p.m.

#Seventh-place game — New Haven 52, Montgomery County 40

#Consolation — Russellville vs.  South Callaway  6 p.m.

@Borgia 47, St. Charles West 37

Saturday, Jan. 17

@Seventh-place game — Eureka 69, Patriettes 39

#Third-place game — Hermann vs. Harrisburg   2 p.m.

@Consolation game — Sullivan 45, Union 38

@Third-place game — Washington 55, St. Charles West 37

#Championship — New Bloomfield vs. North Callaway    5 p.m.

@Championship — Borgia 37, Helias 36

Monday, Jan. 19

*Owensville 78,  St. Clair 68

Warrenton 51, Union 44

New Haven 44, Montgomery Cnty 40 

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.-rescheduled for Friday, Jan. 23

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Fulton SA at Liberty Christian    5 p.m.

Pacific 63, Parkway West 43

New Haven 35, Wellsville 26

Crosspoint at CAGSL    6 p.m.

Borgia 56, O'Fallon Christian 26

Wednesday, Jan. 21

Pacific 55, Eureka 40

Thursday, Jan. 22

*Washington 56, Ft. Zumwalt East 30

*Crosspoint at Thomas Jefferson    5:30 p.m.

Silex 45, New Haven 44

Borgia 67, Trinity 22

Friday, Jan. 23

*Fulton SA at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 26

^Holt 60, Pacific 57

^Warrenton 42, Union 40

~Owensville vs. Montgomery Co    6 p.m.

Borgia 62, Cardinal Ritter 41

^St. Clair 64, Lutheran South 45

~Hermann vs. Wright City    7:30 p.m.

^Washington 74, Wentzville Liberty 19

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Fulton SA at Barat    4:30 p.m.

~New Haven vs. Montgomery Co    6 p.m.

*Bethel at Crosspoint    6:15 p.m.

~Hermann vs. Wright City    7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

^Pacific vs. Union    4 p.m.

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    5 p.m.

^Wentzvillr Liberty vs. Lutheran South     5:30 p.m.

~Owensville vs. New Haven    6 p.m.

^Holt vs. Warrenton    7 p.m.

~Hermann vs. Chamois    7:30 p.m.

^Washington vs. St. Clair    8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

*Borgia at Notre Dame    6:45 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game    4 p.m.

~Consolation    5 p.m.

^Consolation    5:30 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    6 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    6 p.m.

~Third-place game    6:30 p.m.

^Third-place game    7 p.m.

~Championship    8 p.m.

^Championship    8:30 p.m.

@Union Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament

^Washington Tournament

~Hermann Tournament


Tuesday, Jan. 20

*Ft. Zumwalt North 39, Washington 36

*Union 41, St. James 24

*Union 49, Sullivan 24

Warrenton 48, Union 30

Thursday, Jan. 22

Priory/Windsor at Pacific    5 p.m.

Borgia at Festus    5 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 23

Union, Pacific at MICDS Tny    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 24

Union, Pacific at MICDS Tny    TBA

St. Clair at Ft. Zumwalt South Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Jan. 27

*Pacific at St. Clair    6 p.m.

Borgia at Helias Tri-Meet    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Union at Farmington/Summit    5 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James/Owensville    5:30 p.m.

Washington at Seckman    6 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    TBA

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at Potosi/Festus    5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    9 a.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 vs. Borgia    noon

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Washington at St. Charles West    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

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

Borgia at St. Dominic    8:30 p.m.

*Conference Games