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Posted: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 10:00 am

The Cyclones have touched down in Franklin County.

The Cyclones, who play “amateur club football,” as Head Coach Troy Robertson terms it, will be playing most of its football games this season at St. Francis Borgia Regional High School.

The schedule included a preseason exhibition against the Sugar Creek Shockers last Saturday night, a game which ended in a 48-18 Cyclones victory.

The Cyclones have had tremendous success in recent years. Based in Warrenton last season, the Cyclones won the Great Midwest Football League championship and advanced all the way to the Minor League Football National Championship game, losing to the Nashville Storm.

The Cyclones are looking to locate a community which will support the team and its endeavors. Robertson was encouraged with what he saw in Washington.

“We had maybe 150-200 fans with less than a week’s notice,” Robertson stated. “It’s a beautiful facility. Hopefully we will have a concession stand for the next game.”

Who Are the Cyclones?

Most of the team’s players are former college athletes at many different levels.

“College football players bring the discipline,” Robertson said. “We’ve got a lot of Division I players as well as many from schools such as Lindenwood and Missouri Valley.”

The team has some athletes from larger colleges. Quarterback Clayton Tunney came through the UCLA program. Defensive end Jason Null came through Texas A&M. Travis Triplett played at Kansas State. Matt Askew is a former Idaho player while Tony King went to Kansas.

Robertson indicated further former Division I players could be coming following the conclusion of the Arena Football League season.

Robertson indicated the team holds one practice per week since most of the players have full-time jobs and many live around the state.

“It’s different at this level,” Robertson said. “We’re a lot like the rugby team here (Franklin County Crimson). We’re at the club level. There’s a fine line you have to walk. We have a 55-man roster and we try to play everybody we can. We usually play about 42 per game.”

The team plays in the Great Midwest Football League, one of a number of amateur football leagues around the country.

“There are a ton of leagues around the nation and over 1,000 club teams,” Robertson said.

The Cyclones play in the Great Midwest Football League while the Sugar Creek Shockers of Kansas City, Saturday’s preseason opponent, belongs to the Alliance Football League. There are several other leagues around the nation as well.

Robertson indicated that the team seeks players who are good, responsible and solid citizens.

One of the team’s top veterans is Evan Brinker, who is a Washington High School graduate who played college football at Lindenwood. Brinker helped to secure Washington as a home base for the club this season.

The Right Fan Base

“We’ve moved around a lot hoping to find the right fan base,” Robertson said about the team’s movement during its history which stretches back to December of 2000.

The team was formed as a member of the North American Football League and played three seasons there.

From 2001-04, the team was called the St. Charles Cyclones and was based in St. Charles County. In 2004, the team moved to Vandalia and played as the Northeast Missouri Cyclones playing in the Minor League Football Association.

Robertson became the team’s head coach in 2006 and he led the squad to a 14-0 record and the MLFA Eastern Conference championship.

The team merged with the Missouri Wildcats (now Gateway Hawks) in 2007 and the combined team won another MLFA title during the one season the teams were together.

In 2008, the Cyclones left the merger and joined the GMFL, using CBC as its home field. The team went 13-1 in 2008 and 15-0 in 2009, winning the league title in both seasons.

In 2010, field usage issues led to the team spending a 10-4 season at different locations, including Warrenton, Holt in Wentzville and CBC.

The team moved to Warrenton for the 2011 season and went 14-2, winning the GMFL and reaching the national championship game before falling in the title game.

But for the 2012 season, Robertson said the field fees in Warrenton were raised too much to continue playing games there.

So, the Cyclones went in search of another venue.

“They raised the price of the high school field out of our reach,” Robertson said. “The middle school field was only open for 4:30 p.m. games. We couldn’t do that to our opponents coming from that far away.”

The team knew about Washington. A game scheduled to be played at Washington High School a couple of seasons back ended up getting rained out.

But Robertson hopes this time, basing the team in Washington will end up working out for everyone.

“Evan Brinker put in a lot of effort to make this work,” Robertson said. “Dan Black also worked to make this happen.”

The team is scheduled to play games at Borgia June 9, July 14, July 21 and Aug. 4. Playoff games will follow. Another home game is June 16 and that could be played at another local field.

More information on the team is at cyclonesfootball.net.

Shockers Game

Being a preseason contest, Robertson said the team wanted to try as many players as possible.

“We kept the starters in last week in Nashville because that was a game we really wanted to win,” Robertson said about the team’s 26-21 preseason opening loss in Nashville, a rematch of last year’s championship game.

In Saturday’s preseason home opener, the Cyclones took charge early in the contest.

The Cyclones led 10-0 after one quarter and 31-18 at the half.

“We rotated a lot of guys into the game,” Robertson said. “At times, there were mixups in coverage. They also got lucky and caught some tipped balls.”

Kelvin Williams, a former Westminster College player, feasted on Shockers passes during the game, picking off three passes. One was returned for a touchdown.

“He’s a good kid,” Robertson said. “He had three interceptions, including one in the final seconds.”

Ike White, a former McKendree University player, returned an interception over 90 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter.

“He was a running back at McKendree and we’ve converted him to a safety,” Robertson said. “He picked off a slant in Cover 2 and took it all the way back.”

The Cyclones were able to move the ball through the air, getting a quick touchdown from Tunney to Jason Boyd, a play Robertson enjoyed.

The team did have some trouble later.

“Offensively, we had some trouble with some routes being run poorly,” Robertson said. “The running backs played well. Our offensive line has the best guard-tackle tandem in the league. They didn’t play in the second half.”

Offensively in the first half, Tunney had plenty of protection from the line and was able to search out his receivers.

“He played pretty well other than the one interception where he threw it up there,” Robertson said.

“Our kicking game was pretty good,” Robertson said. “We had one field goal of around 40 yards and another of around 30 yards.”

Former Lindenwood player Will Rodriguez does the kicking for the Cyclones.

Overall, Robertson said he’s happy with how the game went.

The Cyclones hit the road for the regular season opener June 2, visiting the Illinois Firehawks. The next home game is set for June 9 against the Midwest Chargers at Borgia. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.

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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 vs. Daniel Boone Post 262, 5 p.m.

G2 Jefferson City Post 5 vs. Hannibal Post 55, 8 p.m.

Friday, July 25

G3 St. Charles Post 312 vs. G1 winner, 5 p.m.

G4 G1 loser vs. G2 loser, 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 26

G5 G2 winner vs. G3 winner, 10 a.m.

G6 G3 loser vs. G4 winner, 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 Springfield Glendale vs. Jackson, 3 p.m.

G2 Sedalia vs. Eureka, 5:30 p.m.

Friday, June 25

G3 Washington vs. G1 winner, noon

G4 G1 loser vs. G2 loser, 2:30 p.m.

G5 G2 winner vs. G3 winner, 5 p.m.

G6 G3 loser vs. G4 winner, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 26

G7 G5 loser vs. G6 winner, 1 p.m.

G8 Championship — G5 winner 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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