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Posted: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 2:00 pm

While Drake Raftery’s touchdown reception with 1:40 left Friday may have given the Borgia Knights a 30-27 victory at St. Mary’s, the effects may pay dividends for weeks to come.

Borgia (2-2, 1-1) picked up its first Archdiocesan Athletic Association Large Division victory against the Dragons (1-3, 0-1) in south St. Louis.

“We are beginning to grow up as a team,” said Borgia Head Coach Dale Gildehaus. “We were up,then down, then up, then down, but in the end, when things looked very bleak we found a way to pull out a win.”

It also gave Borgia a win over a 2012 Class 4 semifinalist and showed that the Knights can overcome adversity.

“Bottom line, we made plays when we had to,” Gildehaus said. “We made mistakes but I was so proud of our effort in the last quarter. When things looked bad we battled. We continue to work hard in practice even when things look bad. The kids are starting to believe that with hard work good things will come.”

Three times, the Knights rallied from deficits in the game. The Knights lost leads as much as 10 points during the contest and came back after St. Mary’s forged ahead by four points with 6:40 to play.

The winning touchdown was a 32-yard pass from Justin Baylard to Raftery with 1:40 to play. Raftery pulled the ball away from a defender and went on to score the touchdown.

“We were down to fourth and 16 on a pass that was up for grabs,” Gildehaus said. “Drake Raftery basically said ‘I’m going to make a play,’ and did he ever. The ball was in the defender’s hands and Drake just took the ball away to win the ballgame.”

Not to be overlooked was Jake Erwin’s extra-point kick, which gave Borgia a three-point cushion and made certain that the Dragons would have to put the ball into the end zone on their final drive for the victory.

Borgia also trailed 13-10 in the second quarter after jumping out to a 10-0 lead.

Gildehaus said Kelan Winters made a crucial stop at the Borgia one to close out the first half.

“If it were not for his effort we would have been down again,” Gildehaus said.

The Knights then went down 19-16 in the third quarter, which was the score going into the final quarter.

“This was a night of big plays,” Gildehaus said. “Winters broke off the left side for a 65-yard score that was sprung because of a big block from Todd Kleekamp. Tyler Breckenkamp caught a pass from Justin Baylard for a 35-yard touchdown.


St. Mary’s outgained Borgia in the game, 343-285.

The Dragons picked up 197 yards in the air to Borgia’s 143. St. Mary’s edged Borgia on the ground, 146-142, but needed seven additional carries to do that.

“We made a few adjustments at half but St. Mary’s did a great job of running the option all night and went up again,” Gildehaus said.

Baylard was Borgia’s only passer on the night, completing 12 of his 14 attempts for 143 yards and two touchdowns.

“We threw for 142 yards and rushed for 143,” Gildehaus said. “That’s the balance every team looks which we have been striving for. We were led by linemen Nathan Held, James Mullen, Noah Filla, Logan Bell and Taylor Monzyk. That is a young offensive line but senior Brendan Joyce has been pushing for more playing time.”

On the ground, Kelan Winters led the way with six carries for 90 yards. Hunter Warmack was next with seven carries for 47 yards.

“Hunter became an important part of our offense as we began to run under center with a little more power,” Gildehaus said. “He ran very well as well as becoming a blocker as well plus leading us on the defensive side each and every week.”

Baylard ran 12 times for six yards while Raftery had one carry for four yards. Charlie Smith returned and had one rush for a five-yard loss.

Through the air, Tyler Breckenkamp caught three passes for 50 yards. Raftery had three catches for 48 yards.

Grant Broeder recorded two catches for 24 yards. Winters had two catches for eight yards.

Phillip Swoboda caught one pass for eight yards and Todd Kleekamp made one reception for five yards.

Defensively, Raftery made 11 total tackles. Brandon Guehne was next with 10 total stops and Warmack had nine total tackles.

John Hanneken made eight total stops.

Guehne posted a sack. Swoboda and Max Baker recovered fumbles.

Cody Beile led the Dragons by going 8-16 for 197 yards and one touchdown through the air. He also carried the ball 12 times for 57 yards.

William Pratt picked up 54 yards on nine carries and 43 yards on three catches.

Carl Crimi hauled in three catches for 96 yards and Jake DeWeese had two receptions for 58 yards.

St. Dominic Preview

If the Knights had to pick an arch rival among their AAA Large Division foes, it likely would be St. Dominic. Prior to Borgia joining the AAA, the two teams met up multiple times on the final week of the season with a playoff berth on the line.

And the Crusaders are coming to Washington Friday night for a 7 p.m. game.

Gildehaus said he has tremendous respect for the Crusaders (3-1, 1-0).

“They are rebuilding as well after losing 27 seniors to graduation,” Gildehaus said. “They do not have the strong running back they had last year but they know how to win. That is what Coach Jim Cook has brought to that program, they believe in themselves and that is why they are winning again this year.”

Wins have come against Warrenton (12-7), Bishop DuBourg (41-23) and Trinity (15-0). The loss came in Week 2 against Cardinal Ritter (34-6).

Offensively, the Crusaders are fairly balanced. Quarterbacks Luke Mennemeier and Gary Ernst have passed for 384 combined yards. Mennemeier is the top quarterback, completing 31 of 62 attempts for 362 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions.

Ernst is 2-6 for 22 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

Tony Papa is the top runner, carrying the ball 46 times for 180 yards and one touchdown. Mark Weiss has 36 carries for 120 yards. Mennemeier has run 26 times for 62 yards and one touchdown.

In the air, John Hagan is the top receiver with 11 catches for 161 yards and two touchdowns.

Tyler Kalist has pulled in 10 catches for 111 yards and two scores. Nathan Livingston has six catches for 87 yards.

Defensively, Jarod Sachs has been the top tackler with 38 total stops, four tackles for loss and two sacks.

Drew Basse is next at 31 stops and one sack.

Josh Dause and Ernst have intercepted two passes each. Jason Graning has two fumble recoveries.

Gildehaus feels it will be a great football atmosphere.

“They have a tremendous following from their student body,” Gildehaus said about St. Dominic. “They were very intimidating last year, it will be fun to have them at our place with our kids behind us this year. Our students have just been outstanding. I have never be more proud of a school as we went down to defeat two weeks ago against Duchesne in a bad score as we walked over to sing the school song our kids gave the team a standing ovation because of their effort. Wow, the kids were so thankful. Now, this week we hope to give something back to our fans and student body.”

The Knights will have to limit the big plays. St. Mary’s was able to find holes in Borgia’s defense, especially through the air. The Knights need to seal up those holes to have a chance.

Borgia is getting healthier and several injured players are closing in on being able to return, such as Dean Lockhart and Dominic Struckhoff. With Smith’s return against St. Mary’s, the Knights have one of their projected running backs in the lineup once again, which should allow Gildehaus to spread out the wealth of the three quarterbacks (Baylard, Raftery and Winters). has not projected this game as it has an incorrect AAA schedule.

Box Score

BOR 10-6-0-14=30

STM 0-13-6-8=27

First Quarter

BOR - Jake Erwin 42 field goal, 8:17

BOR - Kelan Winters 80 run, (Jake Erwin kick) :58

Second Quarter

STM - Will Pratt 5 run, (Jake DeWeese kick), 8:05

STM - Cody Beile 10 run, (kick failed), 5:58

BOR - Tyler Breckenkamp 34 pass from Justin Baylard, (kick failed), 1:42

Third Quarter

STM - Cody Beile 10 run, (kick failed) 3:07

Fourth Quarter

BOR - Justin Baylard 1 run, (Erwin kick), 7:31

STM - Carl Crimi 65 pass from Beile, (Beile run) 6:20

BOR - Drake Raftery 23 pass from Baylard, (Erwin kick), 1:40


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

Owensville 41, Hermann 40

St. James 80, Montgomery County 39

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Jackson at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

^Borgia vs. Union    5:30 p.m.

~Warrenton vs. Chamois    6 p.m.

^Washington vs. St. Clair    7 p.m.

~Wright City vs. New Haven    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 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 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