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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

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North

Normandy

Carnahan

Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter

Pacific

Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1

CBC

Soldan

Washington

Pool 2

Borgia

North Tech

Union

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

Thursday, Dec. 18

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 at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

%Washington vs. TBA    4 p.m.

%Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff    5:30 p.m.

%St. Clair vs. TBA    TBA

%Sullivan Shootout

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

Pattonville vs. Farmington, 4 p.m.

Sullivan vs. Owensville, 5:30 p.m.

Principia vs. Pattonville, 7 p.m.

Borgia vs. Cuba, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

Sullivan Tournament    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.

Wrestling

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.

Washington at Kennedy    6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Washington at Lindbergh    4 p.m.

*Conference Games

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