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Posted: Friday, November 8, 2013 12:15 pm | Updated: 1:17 pm, Fri Nov 8, 2013.

In a football matchup that featured plenty of talent at the skill positions on both teams, it was the play at the line of scrimmage that ultimately decided the outcome.

Playing in the semifinals of Class 4 District 3, third-seeded Westminster (9-2) established itself up front in a 37-21 victory at second-seeded Sullivan (8-3).

“They’re big, fast and strong up front and they controlled the line of scrimmage. That was the difference in the ball game. They did what we tried to do, and they did it well,” said Sullivan Head Coach Andy Arnette. “I knew they were good, but film doesn’t do their offensive and defensive lines justice. They are a lot bigger, stronger, faster and a lot more physical than what the film shows.”

Westminster rode the success of its line, particularly on the offensive side of the ball.

“Our hope was that we’d be able to control the line of scrimmage,” said Westminster Head Coach Cory Snyder. “We tested it early in the game to see if we could. Once we found out we could, we continued to push it.”

It was a rematch of a district semifinal game from last year at Sullivan, won by the Eagles, 42-14.

“Last year’s trip here was a learning experience for us, especially on the defensive side of the ball playing against the double wing,” Snyder said.

Westminster plays top-seeded Ladue (10-1) in the district championship game Monday at 7 p.m. Ladue won Wednesday over fifth-seeded Priory, 42-7.

“Ladue is a good team,” Snyder said. “They’re fast and they’re senior heavy, so it’s going to be a challenge for us.”

Ball Control

The key for Westminster was its ability to control the clock with its running game.

The Wildcats constantly called on junior running back Trey Merritt, and he delivered. He carried the ball 45 times for just over 300 yards.

“He ran downhill. When they control the line of scrimmage like they did, he’s going to get at least three or four yards every time,” Arnette said. “There’s no reason to do anything different.”

Merritt was a workhorse for the Wildcats.

“We’ve never really given our running backs that many carries in a game, but there was no reason not to,” Snyder said. “He had good ball security, ran hard and got extra yards. We’re glad he’s going to be around for another year, that’s for sure.”

Game Summary

Westminster used two quarterbacks in the game.

Brett Bond played in the wildcat formation, where he ran the ball up the middle. When he moved to running back or receiver, Brendan Bognar took over. Bognar took most of the snaps.

It was a back-and-forth contest until Westminster took over in the second half.

The Wildcats led 10-0 after one quarter on a 28-yard field goal by David Williams and a one-yard touchdown run by Bond.

The Eagles scored all of their points in the second quarter, outscoring Westminster, 21-10.

Quarterback Justin Biermann had touchdown runs of 23 yards and one yard and also tossed a 13-yard touchdown pass to Matt McGowan.

Westminster scored on a 33-yard field goal by Williams and a 26-yard run by Merritt.

Sullivan led at halftime, 21-20.

The second half belonged to the Wildcats, outscoring Sullivan, 17-0.

“It looked like they put it into cruise control in the second quarter and that’s when we jumped on them,” Arnette said. “They came out after halftime and really controlled the line of scrimmage both ways, offensively and defensively.”

Williams booted his third field goal of the game, this one from 21 yards, and Bond scored on a one-yard run and a six-yard pass from Bognar.

“We didn’t make any changes at halftime. Defensively, we were weak on the edges and tried to shore that up a little,” Snyder said. “Getting ahead helped and forced them into some things they didn’t want to do. We held the ball for a really long time in the second half.”

Biermann carried the ball 17 times for 135 yards and scored two touchdowns.

Season Ends

In his first season as head coach, Arnette was pleased with the improvements his team made after dropping the first two games of the season.

“We had a great season, going undefeated in the conference,” Arnette said. “After losing those first two games, we came back, improved and did things the right way. I’m extremely proud of our guys.”

Now the task begins of finding a replacement for Biermann and the other seniors.

“You can’t replace Justin. That’s a given. We’ve got a good core group of younger kids coming back. Hopefully they’ll step up and take leadership of this team and lead us to some wins next year,” Arnette said. “We’ll give these guys a little time off then get them back and get them in the weight room. We’ll start working with the juniors, turning those guys into our senior leader group for next year.”

Box Score

Westminster 10-10-3-14=37

Sullivan 0-21-0-0=21

First Quarter

W-David Williams 28 FG, 8:23

W-Brett Bond 1 run (Williams kick), 3:04

Second Quarter

S-Justin Biermann 23 run (Jake Lochner kick), 11:53

S-Matt McGowan 13 pass from Biermann (Lochner kick), 10:08

W-Williams 33 FG, 8:33

S-Biermann 1 run (Lochner kick), 4:10

W-Trey Merritt 26 run (Williams kick), :48

Third Quarter

W-Williams 21 FG, 6:18

Fourth Quarter

W-Bond 1 run (Williams kick), 11:01

W-Bond 6 pass from Brendan Bognar (Williams kick), 1:35


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 at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

St. Clair vs. Lindbergh, 1 p.m.

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington vs. Lutheran South, 4 p.m.

Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff, 5:30 p.m.

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

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

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 vs. Sullivan, 8:30 p.m.

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