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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

Boys Basketball

Friday, Jan. 2

Sullivan at Washington    7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 6

Community Christian at Fulton SA    5:30 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Liberty Christian    7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 8

Fulton SA at Bethel    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:45 p.m.

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

*Crosspoint at Eagle Ridge    7:45 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

&Borgia vs. Lutheran N    TBA

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Monday, Jan. 12

%St. Charles vs. Bayless    6 p.m.

%Westminster vs. Washington    7:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at Providence    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 13

%Borgia vs. St. Clair    6 p.m.

#South Callaway vs. North Callaway    6 p.m.

#Hermann vs. Russellville    6 p.m.

Heritage Classical at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

%Francis Howell Central vs. Union    7:30 p.m.

#Montgomery Co vs. New Bloomfield    7:30 p.m.

#Harrisburg vs. New Haven    7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

#South Callaway-North Callaway loser vs. Montgomery Co-New Bloomfield loser    6 p.m.

#South Callaway-North Callaway winner vs. Montgomery Co-New Bloomfield winner    6 p.m.

Bethel at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

#Hermann-Russellville loser vs. Harrisburg-New Haven loser    7:30 p.m.

#Hermann-Russellville winner vs. Harrisburg-New Haven winner    7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

%St. Charles-Bayless loser vs. Westminster-Washington loser    4 p.m.

%Borgia-St. Clair loser vs. Francis Howell Central-Union loser    5:30 p.m.

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

%St. Charles-Bayless winner vs. Westminster-Washington winner    7 p.m.

Providence at Fulton SA    7 pm.

#Seventh-place game    7:30 p.m.

Consolation game    7:30 p.m.

%Borgia-St. Clair winner vs. Francis Howell Central-Union winner    8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

%Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3:30 p.m.

%Consolation game    4 p.m.

%Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

#Championship game    6:30 p.m.

%Championship game    7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

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

Crosspoint at CAGSL    7:30 p.m.

%Washington Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament

Girls Basketball

Friday, Dec. 26

Seckman Tournament

Mehlville vs. Northwest    noon

Festus vs. Patriettes    1:30 p.m.

Oakville vs. Seckman    3 p.m.

Pacific vs. Carnahan    4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 27

Seckman Tournament

Festus-Patriettes loser vs. Mehville-Northwest loser    noon

Pacific-Carnahan loser vs. Oakville-Seckman loser    1:30 p.m.

Festus-Patriettes winner vs. Mehville-Northwest winner    3 p.m.

Pacific-Carnahan winner vs. Oakville-Seckman winner    4:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 29

Seckman Tournament

Seventh-place game    1:30 p.m.

Third-place game    1:30 p.m.

Consolation game    3 p.m.

Championship game    3 p.m.

Rolla Tournament

St. Clair vs. Waynesville    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 30

Rolla Tournament

St. James-Sedalia loser vs. Waynesville-St.Clair loser    2 p.m.

St. James-Sedalia winner vs. Waynesville-St. Clair winner    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 31

Rolla Tournament

Consolation game    9 a.m.

Seventh-place game    9 a.m. at MS&T

Third-place game    12 p.m.

Championship game    3 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 2

Hermann at Washington    5:30 p.m.

New Haven at Bourbon    6 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 5

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 6

*Holt at Washington    5:30 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Liberty Christian    5:30 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 7

Borgia at St. Clair    7 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 8

Fulton SA at Bethel    5 p.m.

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

Cuba at New Haven    6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

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

*Crosspoint at Eagle Ridge    6:15 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

Borgia vs. MICDS (St. Joseph’s Academy Shootout)    12:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Monday, Jan. 12

Lutheran South at St Clair    5:30 p.m.

Lindbergh at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

@Washington vs. Patriettes    5:30 p.m.

#Harrisburg vs. Russellville    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield vs. Montgomery Co    6 p.m.

Fulton SA at Providence    6 p.m.

@Helias vs. Sullivan    7 p.m.

#North Callaway vs. New Haven    7:30 p.m.

#Hermann vs. South Callaway    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Pacific at Ursuline    4:30 p.m.

Ft. Zumwalt East at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Heritage Classical at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

@St. Charles West vs. Union    5:30 p.m.

@Borgia vs. Eureka    7 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 14

#Harrisburg-Russellville loser vs. North Callaway-New Haven loser    6 p.m.

#Harrisburg-Russellville winner vs. North Callaway-New Haven winner    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield-Montgomery Co loser vs. Hermann-South Callaway loser    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield-Montgomery Co winner vs. Hermann-South Callaway winner    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Bethel at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Northwest at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

@Washington-Patriettes loser vs. Helias-Sullivan loser    5:30 p.m.

@St. Charles West-Union loser vs. Borgia-Eureka loser    7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

@Washington-Patriettes winner vs. Helias-Sullivan winner    5:30 p.m.

Providence at Fulton SA    5:30 p.m.

#Seventh-place game    6 p.m.

#Consolation game    6 p.m.

@St. Charles West-Union winner vs. Borgia-Eureka winner    7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

@Seventh-place game    1 p.m.

#Third-place game    2 p.m.

@Consolation game    2:30 p.m.

@Third-place game    4 p.m.

#Championship    5 p.m.

@Championship    5:30 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Union at Warrenton    6 p.m.

Montgomery Co at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Fulton SA at Liberty Christian    5 p.m.

Parkway West at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

New Haven at Wellsville    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at CAGSL    6 p.m.

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

@Union Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament


Friday, Dec. 26

Union, Pacific at Hillsboro Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 27

Union, Pacific at Hillsboro Tny    TBA

Monday, Dec. 29

Washington at Lindbergh Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Dec. 30

Washington at Lindbergh Tny    TBA

Wednesday, Jan. 7

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

Thursday, Jan. 8

Washington at Granite City    4:30 p.m.

Borgia at Hancock Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

Washington at GAC Championships    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

Washington at GAC Championships    TBA

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Union at Liberty Quad    5 p.m.

Washington at Warrenton    6 p.m.

*Sullivan at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 14

*Washington at Holt/Ft. Zumwalt East    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Westminster at Pacific    6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

Union at Branson    5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

Borgia at Owensville Tny    9 a.m.

Washington, Pacific at 141 Rumble    TBA

Union at Branson Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Jan. 20

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

Union at Sullivan/St. James/Warrenton    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Wednesday, Jan. 7

Borgia at Kennedy    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

Borgia/Washington at MICDS    4:15 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 12

Borgia at DuBourg    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Washington at Clayton    4:15 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt West    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt East/Timberland    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games