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Posted: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 2:00 pm

For a day, the Missouri Cyclones football team returned to Warrenton.

And playing Saturday at Black Hawk Middle School against the Evansville Enforcers, the Cyclones dominated in a Great Midwest Football League victory, 48-18.

Still, there’s plenty of room for improvement, according to Head Coach Troy Robertson.

“We’ve got a long way to go if we want to get back to where we were last year (playing in the national championship game),” Robertson said. There still is a long way to go with growing up. Thankfully it’s a 12-week season.”

Robertson said there are positions open on the team for the remainder of the season. Interested players should come to the team’s practices during the next two Wednesdays at Laurel Park in St. Peters (181 Driftwood Lane).

“I just want to get my team back,” Robertson said. “We’re going to make some changes in practice. We’re looking for some new blood as well. Some of the guys  have worn out their welcome.”

It was a brief return to the town the team called home for the past two years.

“Drew DeManuele, who has been our host there, did a great job, the best with what he was given,” Robertson said.

However, the team is dedicated to its current home, Washington, and will come back for its final three home games there later in the summer.

Upcoming Games

The Cyclones (2-1) hit the road Saturday to play the Eastside Justice Saturday at Little Devil Football Stadium in Belleville. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

And July 7, the Cyclones play on the road again at Parkway Central High School against the River City Eclipse. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

The next home game, to be played at Borgia, will be July 14 against the Illinois Blitzing Cowboys. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.

Enforcers Game

After losing to the Midwest Chargers June 9, 15-10, the Cyclones were eager to bounce back with a win.

“I felt the running game was going good and then we went away from it,” Robertson said. “The passing game could be better. I don’t think the quarterbacks and wide receivers are on the same page. We’ve had wrong routes leading to interceptions.”

And that started with the opening kickoff, squibbed to Washington’s Evan Brinker.

The return set up a 32-yard touchdown pass from starting quarterback Mike McMullen to Jason Boyd with 11:35 to play in the first quarter. Will Rodriguez kicked the extra point and the Cyclones were up, 7-0.

The home team dominated play on both sides of the ball until Evansville took advantage of a bad snap to Rodriguez on a punt. Evansville players Reggie Thompson and Aquado Douglas got to Rodriguez, blocking the punt. Chuck Capshaw recovered and ran for the touchdown.

However, a two-point conversion attempt to take the lead was stopped and the Cyclones led 7-6 with 7:42 to go in the quarter.

The Cyclones appeared to score again, but Jeremy Gettis’ 19-yard scoring reception from Clayton Tunney was brought back on a penalty. That set up a 44-yard field goal by Rodriguez, who took advantage of having the wind at his back to easily split the uprights. The kick, with 3:46 left in the quarter, made it 10-6.

With 4:56 to play, the Cyclones took advantage of another chance. Daryle Jones ran in from two yards out and Rodriguez kicked the extra point to make it 17-6.

The Cyclones scored another quick touchdown after recovering the ball on the kickoff. Tunney powered in from three yards out with 2:15 left in the half. Rodriguez kicked the extra point to make it 24-6.

The scoring was far from done for the half. After a Cyclones defender slipped, Evansville quarterback Damien Dunning found a wide-open Ray Everhart for a 70-yard touchdown on the left side with 1:56 left in the half. The two-point conversion pass failed and it was 24-12.

Rodriguez kicked a 28-yard field goal with three seconds left in the half to give the Cyclones a 27-12 edge at the intermission.

Although the Enforcers received the second half kickoff, it wasn’t long before a fumbled snap turned the ball back over to the Cyclones, who took over at the Evansville 38.

That led to a one-yard run by Keenan Miller with 13:37 to play in the third quarter. Rodriguez kicked the extra point to make it 34-12.

Evansville’s punter Jamison Buck had been hurt in the first half, one of a number of players who suffered ankle or foot injuries during the game on the old rough field, and the Enforcers were forced to use a different kicker in the second half. Problems with a punt gave the Cyclones the ball again in good field position.

“We’ve got a lot of injuries on defense right now,” Robertson said. “Two of our starting linebackers are out and Skye Buckner-Petty is hurt, too. We had to use one of our defensive tackles on the offensive line because we weren’t getting the job done.”

However, a five-yard run by Jones was wiped out on a holding call and a fake field goal attempt didn’t work for the Cyclones. After three quarters, it still was 34-12.

In the fourth quarter, Jones flipped over to the defensive side of the ball, helping the Cyclones seal the victory.

“He was our defensive player of the year two seasons ago,” Robertson said. “I asked him to move back to running back this season.”

With 11:25 left in the game, Kyle Wagner intercepted the ball in the end zone to stop another Evansville drive.

The Cyclones were able to control the ball, marching down the field to get a 24-yard touchdown from Tunney to Jeff Kolkmeier with 5:22 to play. Rodriguez kicked the extra point to make it 41-12.

Evansville scored its final touchdown with 1:20 to play on a 25-yard touchdown pass from Mitch Henderlong to Everhart. The two-point conversion attempt failed and it was 41-18.

Evansville received a major penalty on the two-point conversion attempt and tried an onside kick. The resulting play gave Missouri the ball deep in Evansville territory and the Cyclones took advantage.

The Cyclones scored a final touchdown with 12 seconds to play. Tunney hit Alex Thomas with a seven-yard pass for the touchdown. Rodriguez kicked the extra point to make it 48-18.

After the kickoff, the Enforcers let time expire to conclude the 48-18 Cyclones victory.


Area Scoreboard

Area Sports Schedule

American Legion Baseball

Ninth District Senior Legion Tournament

Thursday, July 17

At Westhoff Park

G1 (1) West 11, (8) Pacific 1

G2 (4) St. Charles 17, (5) Elsberry 2

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G3 (3) Washington 4, (6) Wentzville 0

G4 (2) Daniel Boone 8, (7) St. Peters 2

Friday, July 18

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G5 Elsberry 8, Pacific 3

G6 St. Peters 9, Wentzville 1

At Westhoff Park

G7 St. Charles 4, West 1

G8 Daniel Boone 7, Washington 4

Saturday, July 19

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G9 Washington 9, Elsberry 4

G10 West 9, St. Peters 6

G12 West 14, Washington 1

At Westhoff Park

G11 St. Charles def. Daniel Boone (fft)

Sunday, July 20

Rest at Westhoff Park

G13 Championship — West 2, St. Charles 1 (13 innings)

Monday, July 21

G14 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 13, West 11

Zone 1 Senior Legion Tournament

At Lindenwood University, St. Charles

Thursday, July 24

G1 West 13, Daniel Boone Post 262 8

G2 Jefferson City Post 5 11, Hannibal Post 55 2

Friday, July 25

G3 West 11, St. Charles Post 312 1

G4 Daniel Boone 10, Hannibal 2

Saturday, July 26

G5 Jefferson City 9, West 2

G6 St. Charles 11, Daniel Boone 0

G7 West 6, St. Charles 2

Sunday, July 27

G8 Championship — West 11, Jefferson City 0

G9 If-Needed Game — Jefferson City 14, West 12

Jefferson City advances to state tournament in Sedalia.

Ninth District Junior Legion Tournament

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 Washington 12, St. Peters 11 (10 innings)

G12 Elsberry 6, Union 3

Saturday, July 12

G13 Elsberry 4, St. Peters 3

G14 Championship — Washington 3, Elsberry 1

Washington wins district, to host Zone 1 Tournament at Borgia. Schedule below.

Junior Legion Zone 1 Tournament

At Borgia

Thursday, June 17

G1 Elsberry Post 226 10, Chillicothe Post 25 2

Friday, June 18

G2 Washington Post 218 5, Elsberry 1

G3 Chillicothe 5, Elsberry 4

Saturday, June 19

G4 Championship — Washington 16, Chillicothe 0 (5 innings)

Washington advances to State Tournament in Jackson.

Junior Legion State Tournament

At Jackson

Thursday, July 24

G1 Jackson 3, Springfield Glendale 2

G2 Eureka 7, Sedalia 0

Friday, June 25

G3 Jackson 8, Washington 3

G4 Springfield Glendale 8, Sedalia 3

G5 Jackson 4, Eureka 2

G6 Washington 8, Springfield Glendale 0

Saturday, June 26

G7 Eureka 11, Washington 10 (9 innings)

G8 Championship — Jackson 7, Eureka 6

Jackson advances to Regional Tournament in Leavenworth, Kan.

Sunday, June 27

G9 If-Needed Game — G8 winner vs. G8 loser, 1 p.m.

Freshman Legion Ninth District Tournament

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 Elsberry-Winfield 8, St. Peters 3

G11 Washington 6, St. Charles 0, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 1

G14 Championship — St. Charles 5, Washington 2

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 2, Washington 0

Missouri Freshman

Legion State Tournament

At Rotary Recreational

Complex - Ronsick Field

Wednesday, July 16

G1 Creve Coeur Post 397 16, St. Robert Post 331 2

G2 Ste. Genevieve Post 150 4, St. Charles Post 312 0

G3 Jackson Post 158 1, vs. Springfield Glendale Merchants 0

G4 Washington Post 218 9, Eureka Post 177 4

Thursday, July 17

G5 Springfield Glendale 11, St. Robert 1 (St. Robert eliminated)

G6 St. Charles 10, Eureka 2 (Eureka eliminated)

G7 Ste. Genevieve 4, Creve Coeur 2

G8 Washington 12, Jackson 10

Friday, July 18

G9 Jackson 12, Springfield Glendale 0 (Springfield Glendale eliminated)

G10 Creve Coeur 8, St. Charles 3 (St. Charles eliminated)

G11 Ste. Genevieve 3, Washington 2

G12 Creve Coeur 11, Jackson 7 (Jackson eliminated)

Saturday, July 19

G13 Washington 8, Creve Coeur 3 (Creve Coeur eliminated)

G14 Championship—Washington 5, Ste. Genevieve 2

Sunday, July 20

G15 Championship Game 2—Washington 3, Ste. Genevieve 0

Great Midwest Football League

July 19

Missouri Cyclones 34, Illinois Justice 0

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 First

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    First

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    PPD

7-12    at Division Meet, Pacific    Third

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.

*Indicates League Games

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