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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

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 vs. West, 10 a.m.

G6 St. Charles vs. Daniel boone, 4 p.m.

G7 G5 loser vs. G6 winner, 7 p.m.

Sunday, July 27

G8 Championship — G5 winner vs. G7 winner, 1 p.m.

G9 If-Needed Game — G8 winner vs. G8 loser, 4 p.m.

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 vs. Washington, 1 p.m.

G8 Championship — Jackson vs. G7 winner, 3:30 p.m.

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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