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Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 5:32 pm | Updated: 8:29 am, Wed Nov 14, 2012.

By Craig Vonder Haar

Missourian Sports Writer

At this point of the high school season, with most teams still alive having played 12 games, injuries usually are an issue for every team.

That certainly is the case for the Sullivan Eagles, particularly on the offensive line and in the backfield.

Junior running back Justin Biermann, who has rushed for 1,762 yards and has scored 34 touchdowns this season, currently is playing with a broken left hand.

Wearing a soft cast in the Class 4 District 3 championship game Monday against St. Clair, Biermann rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles’ 32-17 victory.

Biermann is forced to carry the ball in his right hand, even when he runs left.

“The coaches got me a bunch of stuff to put on my hand, so I really can’t even feel it,” Biermann said. “The credit goes to our offensive line. They’ve been a huge factor in our offense. Without them, we just wouldn’t function.”

Biermann has earned the respect of his teammates.

“At this point in the season, everybody is going to be a little banged up. Every team is dealing with that,” said Sullivan quarterback Adam Tiefenbrunn. “Biermann is definitely pushing through it and giving us his all. That’s all we can ask of him.”

The Sullivan coaches will continue to call Biermann’s number.

“Justin is a gamer. He has this quiet confidence. The kid rarely talks,” said Sullivan Head Coach Pat Burke. “His hand is hurting, but he’s probably feeling pretty good right now.”

With injuries come opportunities.

Although Biermann still is playing, he’s clearly not at full strength.

Clayton Mayer and Caden Weigl have stepped up and produced big results in the Sullivan backfield. Both players scored a touchdown Monday against St. Clair.

“Clayton played a great game. He really took the load off my back,” Biermann said. “Clayton and Caden do a great job for us.”

Tiefenbrunn had similar thoughts.

“He’s a little truck. He doesn’t go down easy,” Tiefenbrunn said of Mayer. “He’s one of my favorite guys on the team. He can run the ball.”

Any football coach will say that a backfield is only as good as its offensive line.

The line of scrimmage has been a major strength for the Eagles this season on both sides of the ball.

“That group of five offensive linemen, we’ve been beaten up this year,” Burke said. “St. Clair did a lot of really nice things to us. Some things we haven’t seen before. We were able to persevere through it. We got the blocks when we needed it. We got the hard yards from our backs when we needed it. We were able to find the holes and find the end zone.”

Naturally, Sullivan’s skill players had high praise for the offensive line.

“Our offensive line, I couldn’t ask for anything more,” Tiefenbrunn said. “I’ve been playing with them since I was a sophomore. We’ve taken our lumps and bruises over the last couple seasons. It’s nice to have some success with them this year. I couldn’t ask for anything more from them.”

The senior class has led the way for the Eagles during their current 12-0 season.

Production has come from a number of different players.

“We’re beat up. It’s a mash unit. It adds character to the team,” Burke said. “We have a large senior class. We have guys who are role players. We’ve talked to some guys from day one about being a role player. They may only play at certain times, but when you get that opportunity, you make the most of it. We have seniors who have barely seen the field this year, but they understand the role that they play. We had some guys come in tonight and give us snaps that we had to have. They did a fantastic job. This group of seniors have worked so hard. I love these guys. It’s an incredible group of kids.”


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