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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

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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