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Posted: Friday, November 1, 2013 4:00 pm

With another dominating performance, Sullivan was the only area football team in Class 4 District 3 to survive the opening round.

The second-seeded Eagles (8-2) won for the eighth straight time, cruising to a 51-21 win over seventh-seeded St. Clair Thursday at Sullivan High School.

“We had some penalties and turnovers, so we have to fix that. Other than that, the intensity was good. The kids executed pretty well,” said Sullivan Head Coach Andy Arnette. “We preached to the kids to jump on them early and put them away as quickly as we could. Turnovers in the first half slowed us down, but we were still in a good spot. Our defense held them to no points in the first half, which was big.”

St. Clair (4-6) fell behind 14-0 after one quarter and 28-0 at halftime.

“They jumped on us early. I don’t know if we were in a daze. I felt like we were focused before the game and ready to play,” said St. Clair Head Coach Cody McDowell. “It’s different when you go from practice to game speed, especially when you’re facing what they have and a player like they have in (Justin) Biermann. He’s a good one. It’s hard to replicate that in practice.”

District Semifinals

Sullivan will host third-seeded Westminster (8-2) in the district semifinals Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Wildcats defeated sixth-seeded Borgia, 46-6.

Top-seeded Ladue (9-1) hosts fifth-seeded Priory (6-4) in the other district semifinal contest.

“Westminster moves the ball well and has a lot of talent. They’re good. They’ve been ranked in the state all year,” Arnette said. “I’m glad we get to host. That was the best part about moving up from three to two in the district standings is getting to host that second game. That’s huge. Going on the road isn’t easy. It’s a tough district. Any one of these last four teams can come out of it.”

Key Statistics

It was another big game for Sullivan on the ground.

Quarterback Justin Biermann and running back Joey Rigdon combined to score all seven of the Eagles’ touchdowns.

Biermann carried the ball 13 times for 251 yards and scored four touchdowns.

Rigdon rushed for 175 yards on 11 carries and scored three touchdowns.

“It all starts up front,” Arnette said. “Our linemen made some big holes and Joey and Justin broke tackles down field.”

St. Clair running back Skyler Hutchison carried the ball 17 times for 162 yards and one touchdown. He also had two receptions for 97 yards and one touchdown.

Quarterback Collin Scott threw two touchdown passes.

Game Summary

Sullivan jumped ahead 14-0 in the first quarter on touchdown runs of 27 yards by Rigdon and 13 yards by Biermann.

In the second quarter, Rigdon had a 67-yard touchdown run and Biermann added a 23-yard scoring run to increase the lead to 28-0 at halftime.

The Eagles extended their lead to 41-0 in the third quarter on touchdown runs of 32 yards by Rigdon and 83 yards by Biermann.

The Bulldogs got on the scoreboard late in the third quarter on a four-yard touchdown pass from Scott to Evander Spinks.

Even with all the big runs, the highlight of the game for Sullivan may have been a 50-yard field goal by Jake Lochner early in the fourth quarter, making the score 44-7.

“Jake has done some awesome things this year,” Arnette said. “He kicked a 55-yarder the other day in practice. If it was 50 or in, I was letting him kick it. He got into it and got it through.”

Hutchison added a pair of touchdowns, a 62-yard reception from Scott followed by an 86-yard run to make the score 44-21.

The scoring ended on a 24-yard touchdown run by Biermann.

“Once you get down like that early, it takes you off script on both sides of the ball and you have to gamble more and take a few more chances, which usually is hit or miss,” McDowell said. “We’re a little beat up on the line. We had guys who were in there for the first time. We have one guy who everybody likes to key on. We tried to do some different things to open it up and didn’t do very well. It comes down to execution, and they did it better.”

St. Clair will begin working toward next season.

“We’re going to miss our seniors. There’s two or three of them who were anchors on both sides of the ball who will be tough to replace,” McDowell said. “We played three to four sophomores at a time and a lot of juniors. It’s one of those years where we just have to learn from what happened. This isn’t what anybody wanted, but hopefully the kids we have coming back will learn from this experience.”

Box Score

St. Clair 0-0-7-14=21

Sullivan 14-14-13-10=51

First Quarter

Su-Joey Rigdon 27 run (Jake Lochner kick), 10:13

Su-Justin Biermann 13 run (Lochner kick), 3:41

Second Quarter

Su-Rigdon 67 run (Lochner kick), 11:11

Su-Biermann 23 run (Lochner kick), 9:30

Third Quarter

Su-Rigdon 32 run (kick failed), 9:58

Su-Biermann 83 run (Lochner kick), 6:43

Sc-Evander Spinks 4 pass from Collin Scott (Skyler Hutchison kick), :21

Fourth Quarter

Su-Lochner 50 FG, 8:01

Sc-Hutchison 62 pass from Scott (Hutchison kick), 6:57

Sc-Hutchison 86 run (Hutchison kick), 4:20

Su-Biermann 24 run (Lochner kick), 2:11


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