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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

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