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Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 5:32 pm | Updated: 8:29 am, Wed Nov 14, 2012.

By Craig Vonder Haar

Missourian Sports Writer

The sequel lived up to the hype.

St. Clair and Sullivan, two longtime Four Rivers Conference rivals, slugged it out Monday night for the right to advance in the MSHSAA football playoffs.

For the second time this season, the top-seeded Eagles prevailed over the second-seeded Bulldogs, claiming the Class 4 District 3 championship, 32-17.

“It’s St. Clair against Sullivan, so that’s automatically a big rivalry. At the same time, it’s for the district championship, so it’s at a whole other level,” said Sullivan quarterback Adam Tiefenbrunn. “We knew it was going to be a hard-hitting game. Both teams played amazing. We just came out on top.”

Like the first game on Sept. 14, St. Clair had its chances, but mistakes hurt. The Bulldogs committed six turnovers in the district title contest.

“We turned the ball over. We made some mistakes as far as penalties. We missed tackles,” said St. Clair Head Coach Cody McDowell. “You can’t make mistakes like that in a game of this magnitude. They’re a good enough team to make you pay when things like that happen.”

Sullivan (12-0) visits Webb City (12-0) in the Class 4 quarterfinals Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

“We talked all week about playing within our emotions. I think we did a really good job of that,” said Sullivan Head Coach Pat Burke. “We came out and executed the game plan like we worked all week. We did what we needed to do. I’m really proud of these guys.”


Sullivan accumulated 379 total yards, 257 rushing and 122 passing.

Tiefenbrunn was 9-14 passing for 122 yards. He also rushed for a touchdown.

Playing with a broken left hand, Justin Biermann carried the ball 15 times for 106 yards and one touchdown.

“It was a great game,” Biermann said. “Our line blocked really well. They played physical. St. Clair was real physical.”

Caden Weigl rushed for 85 yards on nine attempts and scored one touchdown.

Clayton Mayer had 15 rushes for 72 yards and one touchdown. He also scored on a two-point conversion.

“He’s our little engine,” Burke said of Mayer. “The kid is a driver. He’s an emotional leader on this team. When we need the hard yards, he’s the one who steps it up and calls for the ball.”

Adam Weiland finished with four receptions for 85 yards. He also had a touchdown pass on a broken two-point conversion play.

St. Clair (10-2) accumulated 277 total yards, 159 rushing and 118 passing.

Quarterback Kyle Juergens was 9-19 passing for 118 yards. He also carried the ball 16 times for 84 yards and one touchdown.

Rickey Grivetti rushed for 49 yards on 10 attempts before leaving the game early in the third quarter. Early indications were that Grivetti suffered a dislocated elbow.

Grivetti also had a kickoff return for a touchdown, which tied the game 10-10 late in the second quarter.

“I hated losing Rickey. That hurt,” McDowell said. “We had to have other people step up.”

Adam Brott had four receptions for 60 yards and had two rushes for 26 yards.

Game Summary

Sullivan never trailed in the district championship game.

St. Clair lost the ball on a fumble on its second possession, which gave the Eagles the ball at their own 44-yard line.

Sullivan took advantage, scoring on a 38-yard touchdown run by Biermann with 3:49 left in the opening quarter.

The Bulldogs made the score 7-3 on a 27-yard field goal by Jacob Meisel early in the second quarter.

It was then Sullivan’s turn for a field goal as Jake Lochner connected from 24 yards away to increase the lead to 10-3 with 3:32 remaining in the second quarter.

Grivetti then returned the ensuring kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown to tie the game 10-10 with 3:17 left in the second quarter.

The Eagles came right back, scoring on a three-yard touchdown run by Weigl. On the extra point attempt, the snap was dropped, but Weiland scrambled and found Mayer in the end zone for two points to make the score 18-10 with 2:00 left in the second quarter.

Sullivan led 18-10 at halftime.

Mayer scored on an eight-yard touchdown run to give Sullivan a 25-10 lead with 3:24 left in the third quarter.

The Bulldogs answered when Juergens raced 47 yards for a score to trim the Sullivan lead to 25-17 with 1:55 left in the third quarter.

With the score still 25-17, Juergens had another long touchdown run that was called back due to offsetting penalties.

Later on the same possession, the Bulldogs lost the ball on a fumble.

Sullivan sealed the win on a one-yard touchdown run by Tiefenbrunn to make the score 32-17 with 6:13 remaining in the fourth quarter.

“It was a good run, but it’s second place in districts. That’s not really what we worked for,” McDowell said. “We’re losing a great group of seniors. We had a pretty good run. We just came up a little short. These kids worked hard. When you get to this point of the year, you have to play well. And we didn’t play well.”

Webb City Preview

Webb City, the two-time defending Class 4 champions, blew out Hillcrest Monday to claim the District 4 crown, 55-10.

The Cardinals, coached by John Roderique, have won 90 straight regular season games and 42 consecutive games overall.

“We have 30 seniors our roster, which is probably the most we’ve had since I’ve been here,” said Roderique. “Just like every other team, we’ve had to deal with injuries. We lost our best defensive lineman two weeks ago to an ACL. We lost two starters on the offensive line early (Monday) night. They didn’t even play. We’ve just had guys step in and fill those spots, which has been a real key for us. Our depth is very good this year.”

Against Hillcrest, Webb City rushed for 401 yards and eight touchdowns.

Running back Phoenix Johnson carried the ball 13 times for 163 yards and scored three touchdowns.

On the season, Johnson has rushed for 1,245 yards and 22 touchdowns.

Cooper Smith also rushed for three touchdowns against Hillcest and has 13 scores on the season.

Quarterback John Roderique, son of the head coach, has thrown for over 1,300 yards and 15 touchdowns on the season. He rushed for 121 yards on eight attempts against Hillcrest.

His favorite receiving targets are Kohl Slaughter and Jalen Vaden.

“On the second play of the game (Monday) night, John ran 72 yards for a touchdown against a fast Hillcrest defense,” Roderique said. “He’s always been able to throw the ball, but I’ve been surprised how well he’s run it. I’m really proud of how he’s improved as a quarterback.”

Webb City’s defense held Hillcrest to 169 total yards, 98 passing and 71 rushing.

Leading tacklers on the season are Dalton Humphrey, Logan Williams, Jose Speer and Todd Fowler.

‘“They have speed across the board. They’re a split-back veer team. They’ll run right at you,” Burke said of Webb City. “We have to be able to slow them down. We have to slow their running game down. They can throw the ball. They do a lot of things really well. They’re really big up front on both sides of the ball.”

St. Clair 0-10-7-0=17

Sullivan 7-11-7-7=32

First Quarter

SU-Justin Biermann 38 run (Jake Lochner kick), 3:49

Second Quarter

SC-Jacob Meisel 27 FG, 8:39

SU-Lochner 24 FG, 3:32

SC-Rickey Grivetti 82 kickoff return (Meisel kick), 3:17

SU-Caden Weigl 3 run (Clayton Mayer pass from Adam Weiland), 2:00

Third Quarter

SU-Mayer 8 run (Lochner kick), 3:24

SC-Kyle Juergens 47 run (Meisel kick), 1:55

Fourth Quarter

SU-Adam Tiefenbrunn 1 run (Lochner kick), 6:13


Area Scoreboard

Area Sports Schedule

American Legion Baseball

Ninth District Senior Legion Tournament

Thursday, July 17

At Westhoff Park

G1 (1) West 11, (8) Pacific 1

G2 (4) St. Charles 17, (5) Elsberry 2

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G3 (3) Washington 4, (6) Wentzville 0

G4 (2) Daniel Boone 8, (7) St. Peters 2

Friday, July 18

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G5 Elsberry 8, Pacific 3

G6 St. Peters 9, Wentzville 1

At Westhoff Park

G7 St. Charles 4, West 1

G8 Daniel Boone 7, Washington 4

Saturday, July 19

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G9 Washington 9, Elsberry 4

G10 West 9, St. Peters 6

G12 West 14, Washington 1

At Westhoff Park

G11 St. Charles def. Daniel Boone (fft)

Sunday, July 20

Rest at Westhoff Park

G13 Championship — West 2, St. Charles 1 (13 innings)

Monday, July 21

G14 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 13, West 11

Zone 1 Senior Legion Tournament

At Lindenwood University, St. Charles

Thursday, July 24

G1 West 13, Daniel Boone Post 262 8

G2 Jefferson City Post 5 11, Hannibal Post 55 2

Friday, July 25

G3 West 11, St. Charles Post 312 1

G4 Daniel Boone 10, Hannibal 2

Saturday, July 26

G5 Jefferson City 9, West 2

G6 St. Charles 11, Daniel Boone 0

G7 West 6, St. Charles 2

Sunday, July 27

G8 Championship — West 11, Jefferson City 0

G9 If-Needed Game — Jefferson City 14, West 12

Jefferson City advances to state tournament in Sedalia.

Ninth District Junior Legion Tournament

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 Washington 12, St. Peters 11 (10 innings)

G12 Elsberry 6, Union 3

Saturday, July 12

G13 Elsberry 4, St. Peters 3

G14 Championship — Washington 3, Elsberry 1

Washington wins district, to host Zone 1 Tournament at Borgia. Schedule below.

Junior Legion Zone 1 Tournament

At Borgia

Thursday, June 17

G1 Elsberry Post 226 10, Chillicothe Post 25 2

Friday, June 18

G2 Washington Post 218 5, Elsberry 1

G3 Chillicothe 5, Elsberry 4

Saturday, June 19

G4 Championship — Washington 16, Chillicothe 0 (5 innings)

Washington advances to State Tournament in Jackson.

Junior Legion State Tournament

At Jackson

Thursday, July 24

G1 Jackson 3, Springfield Glendale 2

G2 Eureka 7, Sedalia 0

Friday, June 25

G3 Jackson 8, Washington 3

G4 Springfield Glendale 8, Sedalia 3

G5 Jackson 4, Eureka 2

G6 Washington 8, Springfield Glendale 0

Saturday, June 26

G7 Eureka 11, Washington 10 (9 innings)

G8 Championship — Jackson 7, Eureka 6

Jackson advances to Regional Tournament in Leavenworth, Kan.

Sunday, June 27

G9 If-Needed Game — G8 winner vs. G8 loser, 1 p.m.

Freshman Legion Ninth District Tournament

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 Elsberry-Winfield 8, St. Peters 3

G11 Washington 6, St. Charles 0, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 1

G14 Championship — St. Charles 5, Washington 2

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 2, Washington 0

Missouri Freshman

Legion State Tournament

At Rotary Recreational

Complex - Ronsick Field

Wednesday, July 16

G1 Creve Coeur Post 397 16, St. Robert Post 331 2

G2 Ste. Genevieve Post 150 4, St. Charles Post 312 0

G3 Jackson Post 158 1, vs. Springfield Glendale Merchants 0

G4 Washington Post 218 9, Eureka Post 177 4

Thursday, July 17

G5 Springfield Glendale 11, St. Robert 1 (St. Robert eliminated)

G6 St. Charles 10, Eureka 2 (Eureka eliminated)

G7 Ste. Genevieve 4, Creve Coeur 2

G8 Washington 12, Jackson 10

Friday, July 18

G9 Jackson 12, Springfield Glendale 0 (Springfield Glendale eliminated)

G10 Creve Coeur 8, St. Charles 3 (St. Charles eliminated)

G11 Ste. Genevieve 3, Washington 2

G12 Creve Coeur 11, Jackson 7 (Jackson eliminated)

Saturday, July 19

G13 Washington 8, Creve Coeur 3 (Creve Coeur eliminated)

G14 Championship—Washington 5, Ste. Genevieve 2

Sunday, July 20

G15 Championship Game 2—Washington 3, Ste. Genevieve 0

Great Midwest Football League

July 19

Missouri Cyclones 34, Illinois Justice 0

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 First

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    First

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    PPD

7-12    at Division Meet, Pacific    Third

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.

*Indicates League Games

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