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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.

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Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North

Normandy

Carnahan

Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter

Pacific

Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1

CBC

Soldan

Washington

Pool 2

Borgia

North Tech

Union

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.

Wrestling

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

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