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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


Week 10 Schedule Playoff Round 1

Friday, Oct. 24

Washington at Battle    7 p.m.

Kennedy at Borgia    7 p.m.

Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Priory at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Salem at St. James    7 p.m.

Southern Boone at Owensville    7 p.m.

Transportation and Law at Hermann    7 p.m.

Moberly at Warrenton    7 p.m.

Wright City at O’Fallon Christian    7 p.m.

Jefferson at Cuba    7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 25

St. Clair at Westminster    2:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 17

Francis Howell N 24, Washington 20

Westminster 35, Borgia 14

*Union 35, Hermann 32

*St. Clair 26, Owensville 12

*Pacific 34, St. James 22

Helias 56, Sullivan 3

Ft. Zumwalt East 42, Warrenton 0

*Clopton-Elsberry 20, Wright City 0

Saturday, Oct. 18

Hogan Prep 49, Cuba 6

Friday, Oct. 10

Holt 21, Washington 14

Borgia 42, St. Clair 7

Union 68, St. James 20

Hermann 32, Pacific 24 (OT)

Sullivan 38, Owensville 12

Orchard Farm 28, Warrenton 3

Wright City 22, North Callaway 18

Father Tolton 35, Cuba 0


Sectional Games

Wednesday, Oct. 15

Bolivar 17, Sullivan 2

Mexico 5, Warrenton 4

Thursday, Oct. 16

Pacific 12, Rosati-Kain 0

Saturday, Oct. 18

Quarterfinal — De Soto 5, Pacific 2

District Tournaments


Class 4 District 4

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) Northwest 11, (5) Rolla 3

Saturday, Oct. 11

(1) Lafayette 3, Northwest 1

(2) Eureka 4, (3) Washington 0

Monday, Oct. 13

Championship — Eureka 5, Lafayette 0

Class 3 District 3

At Lutheran South

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) Affton 3, (5) Bishop DuBourg 2

(3) Pacific 21, (6) Bayless 0

Sunday, Oct. 12

(1) Lutheran South 11, Affton 1

Pacific 1, (2) Notre Dame 0

Championship — Pacific 2, Lutheran South 1

Class 3 District 7

At St. Dominic

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) Borgia 9, (5) Wentzville Liberty 8

(3) Winfield 15, (6) O’Fallon Christian 1

Saturday, Oct. 11

At Borgia

(1) St. Dominic 12, Borgia 3

(2) Warrenton 11, Winfield 2

Championship — Warrenton 1, St. Dominic 0

Class 3 District 9

At Sullivan

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) St. James 12, (5) Owensville 3

(3) Sullivan 11, (6) St. Clair 1

Saturday, Oct. 11

At Union High School

St. James 10, (1) Union 5

Sullivan 5 (2) Salem 4 (8 innings)

Championship — Sullivan 11, St. James 6

Class 2 District 10

At New Bloomfield

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) New Bloomfield 5, (5) Belle 0

(3) South Callaway 9, (6) Hermann 0

Saturday, Oct. 11

South Callaway 7, (2) Linn 2

(1) Fatima 6, New Bloomfield 1

Championship — Fatima 7, South Callaway 4

Class 1 District 4

At Community R6, Laddonia

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) Wellsville-Middletown 8, (5) New Haven 2

(3) Van-Far 4, (6) Community R6 2

Saturday, Oct. 11

(1) Clopton 13, Wellsville 0

(2) Silex 10, Van-Far 0

Championship — Silex 3, Clopton 0


District Tournaments

Class 4 District 3

At Rockwood Summit

Monday, Oct. 20

(4) Eureka def. (5) Pacific 25-9, 25-16

(2) Northwest def. (7) Parkway South, 25-18, 25-12

(3) Washington def. (6) Rockwood Summit, 25-21, 25-15

Tuesday, Oct. 21

(1) Lafayette def. Eureka, 17-25, 25-14, 25-19

Northwest def. Washington, 25-22, 25-18

Championship — Lafayette def. Northwest, 25-19, 25-20

Class 3 District 8

At Union

Monday, Oct. 20

(5) St. Clair def. (4) Union, 25-20, 25-22

(2) Sullivan def. (7) Salem, 25-7, 25-8

(3) Owensville def. (6) St. James, 14-25, 25-16, 25-19

Tuesday, Oct. 21

(1) Borgia def. St. Clair, 25-10, 25-6

Sullivan def. Owensville, 25-20, 20-25, 25-20

Championship — Borgia def. Sullivan, 25-7, 25-10

Class 2 District 6

At Lutheran St. Charles

Monday, Oct. 20

(4) Barat def. (5) Wright City, 25-16, 24-26, 25-22

(2) Hermann def. (7) Bowling Green, 25-12, 25-18

(3) Whitfield def. (6) Montgomery County, 25-23, 25-17

Tuesday, Oct. 21

(1) Lutheran St. Charles def. Barat, 25-10, 25-9

Whitfield def. Hermann, 23-25, 25-23, 25-15

Championship — Lutheran St. Charles def. Whitfield, 25-18, 25-14

Class 1 District 9

At Calvary Lutheran, Jefferson City

Monday, Oct. 20

(4) Smithton def. (5) Otterville, 25-12, 25-10

(3) Chamois def. (6) Bunceton, 25-23, 25-18

Tuesday, Oct. 21

(1) New Haven def. Smithton, 25-5, 25-7

(2) Calvary Lutheran def. Chamois, 25-14, 25-11

Thursday, Oct. 23

Championship — New Haven vs. Calvary Lutheran, 7 p.m.

Boys Soccer

Saturday, Oct. 18

Washington 1, Borgia 0 (Penalty kicks)

Monday, Oct. 20

Washington 3, Sullivan 0

Fatima 3, Union 0

Pacific 6, De Soto 1

Tuesday, Oct. 21

Central Methodist JV at ECC    3 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran    4:30 p.m.

Union 3, Warrenton 0

Hancock 7, St. Clair 0

Rockwood Summit 2, Pacific 1 (PKs)

Bayless 3, Borgia 2 (2OT)

Wednesday, Oct. 22

Valley Park at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Lutheran S at Washington    5 p.m.

Union at Windsor    5 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James    5 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 23

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt W    4:30 p.m.

Belle at St. James    5 p.m.

Borgia at Fatima    6:30 p.m.

District Tournaments

Class 4 District 8

At Washington

Monday, Oct. 27

(1) Timberland vs. (4) Washington, 5 p.m.

(2) Troy vs. (3) Holt, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 29

Championship, 5 p.m.

Class 3 District 3

At Rockwood Summit

Monday, Oct. 27

(2) Rockwood Summit vs. (3) Pacific, 5 p.m.

(1) Webster Groves vs. (4) Windsor, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 29

Championship, 6 p.m.

Class 3 District 9

At Union

Monday, Oct. 27

(1) Camdenton vs. (4) Union, 5 p.m.

(2) Helias vs. (3) Rolla, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 29

Championship, 6 p.m.

Class 2 District 7

At Winfield

Tuesday, Oct. 28

(1) Borgia vs. (4) Winfield, 4:30 p.m.

(2) O’Fallon Christian vs. (3) Elsberry, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 29

Championship, 5 p.m.

Cross Country

Saturday, Oct. 25

Borgia at Clayton Inv    9 a.m.

Washington at Class 4 District, Parkway Central, TBA

Boys Swimming

Saturday, Oct. 25

Borgia at MICDS Inv    7 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 28

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Wednesday, Oct. 29

*Borgia at Trinity    TBA

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

*Conference Games

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