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Posted: Friday, September 13, 2013 11:01 pm

Is there a jinx?

For the third week in a row, the top-ranked team in The Missourian Area Football Poll has fallen.

Opening Four Rivers Conference play Friday in Sullivan, the top-ranked Union Wildcats (1-2) fell to the defending league champion Sullivan Eagles (1-2), 36-22.

Sullivan gave new Head Coach Andy Arnette his first varsity victory and secured a win in a key FRC showdown to start the league campaign.

Sullivan picked up 476 yards in the game on the ground over 51 carries while completing one pass for -6 yards.

Union ran for 176 yards on 37 carries and threw for 371 yards.

Leading the way for Sullivan was senior standout Justin Biermann. Bottled up in losses to Park Hills Central and Festus, Biermann came alive offensively and defensively to lead the Eagles to the win.

Offensively, Biermann ran 22 times for 219 yards. Defensively, he came through with a huge interception return in the closing minute of the game to seal the victory.

Union was paced by its junior quarterback Blake Hulsey. He completed 35 of 48 pass attempts for 329 yards, but also threw four interceptions. On the ground, Hulsey picked up 103 yards on 21 carries.

Sullivan also got 74 yards on nine carries from Caden Weigl, 70 yards on 10 carries from Michael McDermott and 41 yards on seven carries from Joey Rigdon.

Sullivan jumped out to a 13-0 lead, scoring a touchdown 69 seconds into the game on a 40-yard run by Justin Biermann. After a three-and-out by Union, the Eagles quickly scored again, with Zach Holtz rushing for a 22-yard touchdown at 9:36. The kick was blocked.

Union scored with 2:31 to play in the first quarter on an 18-yard touchdown run by Blake Hulsey. After a Sullivan punt on their next drive, Hulsey drove Union down to the Sullivan 2, but the drive was cut short on an interception by Justin Biermann, the first of three.

Biermann fumbled on Sullivan’s ensuing drive, but he made up for it by picking off Hulsey again. Nine plays later, Biermann threw a ball near the goal line intended for Caden Weigl, but the ball went off his hands and was intercepted with 4:27 left in the half. Union took over at their own 1, but punted away. Sullivan got the ball at midfield, then scored on a four-play drive with Biermann rushing for a 20-yard touchdown run with 1:54 left in the half. A successful extra point had Sullivan up 20-7, but Union would quickly drive down the field. At the Sullivan 5 with 20 seconds left, Hulsey lost two yards, then threw two straight incompletions.

On their second drive of the third quarter, Hulsey would fumble the ball away after gaining 13 yards and leading the Wildcats into Sullivan territory. Biermann led the Eagles down field and scored on an 8-yard touchdown run with 2:56 to play in the third quarter.

Jake Lochner began the fourth quarter with a 43-yard field goal at 11:55, giving Sullivan a 29-7 Hulsey again drove Union down the field, and he ran in a 1-yard touchdown with 9:15 left in the game. After an unsuccessful onside kick put the ball at midfield, Biermann ripped off a 44-yard run that brought the ball down to the Union 2, but a bad snap turned the ball over near the goal line for the second time.

Union easily went 98 yards. Hulsey found a wide open Jacob Carman for a 19-yard touchdown pass with 6:45 left. Hulsey pounded through the Eagles defense for a successful 2-point conversion, bringing the score to 29-22.

Union thought they had tied the game on a 15-yard touchdown run by Logan Bellamy with 3:35 to play, but a holding penalty brought the ball back. Union would eventually dig themselves into a 4th-and-27 that they couldn’t escape from.

On their next drive, Sullivan again fumbled the snap, with Union recovering at the Eagles 35. On the first play of the drive, Hulsey threw his third and final interception to Biermann, who took the ball 80 yards for a touchdown with 1:04 to play.


Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


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 76, Union 57

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

Lindbergh 67, St. Clair 46

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington 56, Lutheran South 54

Poplar Bluff 59, Borgia 49

Sullivan vs. Affton, 7 p.m.

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 72, New Haven 21

*Union 49, Pacific 48

Friday, Dec. 19

Francis Howell 55, Washington 48

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 62, Sullivan 35

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.


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