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Posted: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 9:30 am

Dominating the competition on and off the field, the Missouri Cyclones breezed to their fifth victory in a row Saturday at Borgia.

On the field, the Cyclones dominated the Gateway Hawks in a 41-6 blowout.

Missouri (6-1) held the Hawks to a pair of first half field goals while rolling to the easy victory at Borgia.

And the Cyclones got good news from the Great Midwest Football League office. The Midwest Chargers, who held a one-game edge in the Gateway Conference Southeastern Division over the Cyclones headed into this week’s games, lost to the Twin City Dawgs, tying the teams at 6-1.

The Cyclones moved up to third in this week’s GMFL Power Rankings at 57.87, behind only the 7-0 Detroit Ravens (64.17) and the 6-1 Twin City Dawgs (63.69).

Skill Makes Difference

Head Coach Troy Robertson says it’s a difference in skill level that has given his team the edge to keep itself in contention for the title.

“We are still by far the most talented team in the area,” said Robertson. “There’s no reason we can’t win it all. For us to be going through the motions and still winning by 30 is crazy.”

Missouri continues its quest for the division title and a playoff berth this Saturday night in Indiana. The Cyclones visit the Evansville Enforcers, a team they beat 48-18 in Warrenton June 16, Saturday. Kickoff in the Southeastern Division game at F.J. Reitz High School is set for 7 p.m.

Anthing for the Fans

The Cyclones continue to work on trying to build up a local fan base and had two contests for those attending the game.

The Cyclones even dominated off the field. Defensive lineman Mike Brooks won a hot wing eating contest at halftime as the Cyclones tried to get the crowd more involved in supporting the team.

Team sponsor Big Boy’s Grilled Subs and Wings provided the hot wings for the competition, which also included defensive back Sergio Kahn and two fans.

In the end, although sweat poured down his face, Brooks prevailed to eat all of his wings.

At the same time, a lucky fan had a chance to kick a 25-yard field goal for a gift card, but missed all three chances.

Cyclones Dominate

Domination is not new for the Cyclones this season.

The team’s average margin of victory over the past four weeks has been 27 points.

Robertson said this success has come in spite of struggle. Particularly, a lack of discipline has been exposed by the glaring fact the Cyclones have given up 90 yards per game on penalties.

“We’re horrible right now at getting penalties,” said Robertson. “That shows inconsistency on our part, and we’ve got to be more disciplined. We’ve had a lot of personal fouls and we’ve got to get that under control.”

The Cyclones wasted no time dispatching their visitors at Borgia Saturday, jumping ahead 20-3 by halftime. The Hawks were able to move the ball, but struggled near the goal line. Gateway struggled with its punting game, frequently giving the Cyclones strong field position after kicking it away.

“We felt like we left some points on the field in the first half,” said Robertson. “Ever since the Nashville game (preseason opener), it seems like we’ve just been going through the motions.”


Will Rodriguez booted a 44-yard field goal to put Missouri on the board with 11:24 remaining in the first quarter.

An errant snap set the Cyclones up in the red zone again moments later, as Daryle Jones plunged in from eight yards out.

Gateway connected on the first of its two field goals, both by Dillon Forbes, with 5:25 left in the opening period. The Cyclones were able to keep the Hawks out of the red zone, holding them to 36 yards on 32 carries.

“We went away from our traditional 3-4 defense and went to a modern 3-4, using Jason Null as our pass rusher,” said Robertson.

The Cyclones built on their 10-3 lead when Tony King hauled in an 18-yard grab from quarterback Mike McMullen on the opening drive of the second quarter. King finished with 80 yards on four receptions.

Rodriguez split the uprights on a 25-yard field goal in the final minute of the first half, giving Missouri a 20-3 advantage.

The Cyclones opened the second half by returning a kickoff return for a score and added two more touchdowns, including one by running back Keenan Miller.

Robertson was pleased with the rushing effort by his primary tandem of backs. Miller had 35 yards on seven carries, while Jones amassed 63 yards on 13 carries.

“They dictated the game,” acknowledged Robertson. “Our running game was pretty solid.”

McMullen, who started while splitting snaps with first-year quarterback Clayton Tunney, finished 11 of 17 passing with 178 yards.

“We had a couple of guys come off the bench and play well on defense,” said Robertson. “Lucas Gibson has been a great third linebacker for us.”

While the Hawks were the visiting team, some of them didn’t have far to go to get home.

Quarterback Tom Gajeski is a Defiance resident.

Defensive lineman Waymond Hemphill is a Wright City resident.

And Gabe Sydnor and Jeremy Boschert are from Wentzville.

Warren County Record Sports Editor Derrick Forsythe and Missourian Sports Editor Bill Battle combined to write this article.


Area Scoreboard

Area Sports Schedule

American Legion Baseball

Senior Legion

Tuesday, July 1

*Daniel Boone 14, Pacific 3

*Washington 20, Sullivan 5

Wednesday, July 2

*Daniel Boone 8, Pacific 2

*Washington 11, St. Peters 1

Thursday, July 3

*Washington 11, St. Charles 0

Friday, July 4

*Pacific at St. Peters    1:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 5

*Washington 20, Pacific 1

Sunday, July 6

*Washington 11, Warrenton 2

Monday, July 7

Washington 9, Creve Coeur 7

Blue Springs Wood Bat Tournament

Wednesday, July 9

Washington 7, Gravette Lions 0

Thursday, July 10

Washington 4, Post 339 West (Bellevue, Neb.) 2

Friday, July 11

Washington 14, Geiger Redi-Mix (Leavenworth, Kan.) 0

Washington vs. Hawthorne Outlaws (Lee's Summit), Jim Moran Field (Hidden Valley), 7 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

Washington vs. TBA, TBA

Sunday, July 13

Semifinal Games, 11 a.m.

Championship, 2 p.m.

Junior Legion

Tuesday, July 1

*Union 5, New Haven 0

*Union 7, New Haven 4

*St. Charles 12, Pacific 5

Thursday, July 3

*Union 13, Hannibal 2

*Union 10, Hannibal 3

*Elsberry at Pacific    7 p.m.

Saturday, July 5

*Daniel Boone at Pacific (DH)    10 a.m.

Union 6, Crocker 5

Union 13, Crocker 7

Freshman Legion

Tuesday, July 1

*Washington 16, Pacific 1

Wednesday, July 2

*Washington 11, St. Peters 0

Ninth District Tournament Schedules

Junior Legion

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 St. Peters vs. Washington, 6 p.m.

G12 Union vs. Elsberry, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 G11 loser vs. G12 winner, 2 p.m.

G14 Championship — G11 winner vs. G13 winner, 5 p.m.

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — G14 winner vs. G14 loser, 2 p.m.

Ninth District Tournament Schedules

Freshman Legion

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 St. Peters vs. Elsberry-Winfield, 6 p.m.

G11 St. Charles vs. Washington, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 G11 loser vs. G12 winner, 1 p.m.

G14 Championship — G11 winner vs. G13 winner, 4 p.m.

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — G14 winner vs. G14 loser, 1 p.m.

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

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    8 a.m.

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    6 p.m.

7-12    at Division Meet, Pacific    8 a.m.

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.

Great Midwest Football League

July 5

Missouri Cyclones 22, Midwest Chargers 14

July 12

Missouri Cyclones at Missouri Valley Pitbulls, St. Charles High School, 5 p.m.

Ninth District Standings

July 1, 2014

District Games Only

Senior Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

West    11    2

Daniel Boone 262    9    3

Washington 218    11    5

St. Charles 312    9    5

Elsberry 226    8    5

Wentzville 323    5    5

St. Peters 313    7    7

Pacific 320    3    10

Warrenton 122    0    10

Sullivan 18    1    12

2014 Final Standings

Junior Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

Elsberry 226    20    2

Union 297    19    3

Washington 218    18    4

St. Charles 312    14    8

St. Peters 313    12    10

Wentzville 323    12    10

Hannibal 55    10    12

New Haven 366    9    13

Daniel Boone 262    5    14

Warrenton 122    3    16

Pacific 320    3    15

Sullivan 18    0    20

Freshman Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

St. Charles 312    20    0

Washington 218    17    3

Hannibal 55    16    4

Elsberry-Winfield 226    14    6

Wentzville 323    9    11

Warrenton 122    8    12

West    7    13

St. Peters 313    6    14

New Haven 366    5    15

Pacific 320    4    16

Elsberry 226    4    16

*Indicates League Games

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