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Posted: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 1:15 pm

After starting the football season with two losses, it appears Sullivan now has things rolling.

Joey Rigdon and Justin Biermann combined to score all seven of the Eagles’ touchdowns in a 51-25 Four Rivers Conference win last Friday at St. Clair.

Ridgon, who returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, found the end zone four times. Biermann scored three touchdowns.

“Our offensive line did a great job against St. Clair. They were getting a great push up front and getting to linebackers. We struggled with that in the first two games,” said Sullivan Head Coach Andy Arnette. “Our running backs did a much better job. I can only remember one fumble, which we recovered. It’s something that has hurt us in previous games. They boys are starting to take pride in limiting those mistakes.”

St. Clair running back Skyler Hutchison did his best to keep up with the Eagles, finishing the game with 30 carries for 215 yards and three touchdowns.

“I know a lot of people talk about Biermann, and for good reason, but I wouldn’t trade Skyler for anyone,” said St. Clair Head Coach Cody McDowell. “He runs the ball hard every week and has given us exactly what we expect from him.”

The Eagles (2-2, 2-0) had too much firepower with their ground attack as the Bulldogs (2-2, 1-1) tried to keep pace.

“We had an opportunity with a 12-7 lead to make it a two-possession game in the first half, but turned it over when our pass protection broke down. They got the ball at the 40-yard line and scored on that possession,” McDowell said. “That turned out to be a big turnover. With what they do offensively, it’s tough for them to play when they’re too far behind. We missed an opportunity there.”

Statistics

St. Clair accumulated 392 yards, 299 rushing and 93 passing.

Hutchison led the way, rushing for over 200 yards for the second straight week. He has 759 yards on the season.

Quarterback Collin Scott was 9-16 passing for 78 yards and two interceptions. He carried the ball six times for 25 yards and one touchdown.

Paul Armistead rushed for 55 yards on five attempts. Damon Arnold had one carry for four yards.

Alex Miller finished with five receptions for 45 yards. Kevin Cox added two catches for 19 yards. Charlie Fuchs collected one catch for 15 yards. Ian McQueen and Harley Love both had one catch for seven yards.

Defensively, Dalton Ulrich finished with four solo tackles and five assists. Harley Love added three solos and four assists. Cox collected two solos and four assists. Collin Avery and Ryan Alsop both had two solos and two assists.

“We made some mistakes defensively. What they do offensively put us in a bind, especially when you’re going against a player like Biermann,” McDowell said. “They had good field position for a lot of the game. I don’t think the final score was indicative of how the game was played, but a loss is a loss.”

Sullivan accumulated 367 yards, 363 rushing and four passing.

Biermann, the quarterback, carried the ball 15 times for 187 yards and three touchdowns. He was 1-5 passing for four yards.

Rigdon rushed for 119 yards on 10 attempts and scored four touchdowns, including the opening kickoff. He added one catch for four yards.

“Joey had a breakout game. We knew that he could produce those kinds of numbers and that it was just a matter of time before he did,” Arnette said. “Justin is a special player who can put up big numbers on any given week.”

Zach Holtz rushed for 21 yards on seven attempts. Dylan Harmon had one carry for 17 yards. Nathan Johnson (nine yards) and Devin Harris (seven yards) both added four carries. Caden Weigl had two rushes for three yards.

Weigl led Sullivan’s defense with 14 solo tackles and nine assists.

James Sappington added seven solos and seven assists. Rigdon collected six solos, five assists and one interception. Devin Harris had five solos and five assists. Michael McDermott registered five solos and four assists. Brent Davis recovered a fumble. Biermann had an interception.

“The defense played very hard. We struggled in the first quarter, but made some adjustments that helped our run defense,” Arnette said. “There still is work to be done on the defensive side of the ball. We gave up more yards than we have gained the last two weeks. The boys have kept teams out of the end zone and stepped up and made plays when we’ve needed them.”

Game Summary

Rigdon returned the opening kickoff 85 yards to put Sullivan ahead, 7-0.

St. Clair bounced back by scoring two straight touchdowns by Hutchison on runs from 25 and 17 yards out to put the Bulldogs ahead 12-7 at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Biermann tallied touchdowns on runs covering 12, 38 and four yards. The Eagles led at halftime, 28-12.

The Bulldogs tried to fight their way back into it at the start of the third period as Hutchison scored on a 20-yard run on the opening drive, making the score 28-18.

Rigdon then put the contest away by netting two touchdowns on four- and 36-yard runs.

After Jake Lochner’s 36-yard field goal at the start of the fourth quarter, Scott scored the Bulldogs’ final touchdown on a three-yard run.

Rigdon answered for the Eagles on a 21-yard scamper to produce the final score.

Week Five Preview

St. Clair and Sullivan both return to FRC competition Friday at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs host Union (2-2, 1-1) while the Eagles visit Pacific (1-3, 0-2).

St. Clair and Union both have beaten Pacific and lost to Sullivan in FRC games.

“Union is a good team with a lot of offensive firepower,” McDowell said. “We have to make plays and limit our mistakes on both sides of the ball.”

Arnette, a Pacific graduate, returns home to lead his Eagles against the Indians.

“I’m excited to go back to Pacific. The last time we played there was in 2011. A lot has changed for me,” Arnette said. “I know that it’s homecoming week. Hopefully there will be a big crowd. It wasn’t that long ago I was playing under the lights on that same field. Our boys will be ready to play. I know that Coach (George) Hinkle will have the Indians prepared. I’m hoping we can keep things rolling.”

Box Score

Sullivan 7-21-14-9=51

St. Clair 12-0-6-7=25

Scoring Summary

First Quarter

SUL — Joey Rigdon 85 kickoff return (Jake Lochner kick), 11:47

STC — Skyler Hutchison 25 run (kick failed), 8:38

STC — Hutchison 17 run (run failed), 1:45

Second Quarter

SUL — Justin Biermann 12 run (Lochner kick), 9:49

SUL — Biermann 38 run (Lochner kick), 4:49

SUL — Biermann 4 run (Lochner kick), 0:18

Third Quarter

STC — Hutchison 20 run (pass failed), 5:50

SUL — Rigdon 4 run (Lochner kick), 4:33

SUL — Rigdon 36 run (Lochner kick), 2:31

Fourth Quarter

SUL — Lochner 36 FG, 11:55

STC — Collin Scott 3 run (Hutchison kick), 9:12

SUL — Rigdon 21 run (kick failed), 2:40

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Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North

Normandy

Carnahan

Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter

Pacific

Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1

CBC

Soldan

Washington

Pool 2

Borgia

North Tech

Union

Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

%Washington vs. TBA    4 p.m.

%Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff    5:30 p.m.

%St. Clair vs. TBA    TBA

%Sullivan Shootout

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

Sullivan Tournament

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia vs. Sullivan, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.

Wrestling

Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

*Conference Games

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