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Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 10:00 am

It was a special effort for the St. Louis Rams last Sunday against Seattle.

As in, a special teams effort.

The Rams’ special teams scored all 19 points in a 19-13 victory over the Seahawks at the Edward Jones Dome.

“The Seahawks are a very talented football team and we’re very fortunate to have this thing come down to the end and make a play to win the ball game,” said Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher. “It’s great for the guys to come off the disappointing loss last weekend on the road to find a way to win the game. Now we can boast a little bit about making this a hard place to play because we’re 2-0 here in the regular season, which is a credit to our fans.”

Rookie kicker Greg Zuerlein booted four field goals, breaking franchise records for distances of 58 and 60 yards, and the field goal team scored the team’s one touchdown when holder (and punter) Johnny Hekker tossed a touchdown pass to Danny Amendola.

Zuerlein’s 60-yard field goal was the longest by a rookie kicker in NFL history.

“I was on the headsets and I said, ‘Field goal,’ and somebody said ‘Field goal?’ I said, ‘Yeah, it’s only 60. It’s well within his range,’ ” Fisher said.

“It says more about the coaching staff than it does about me. I feel a lot of kickers in the NFL can kick from those distances and make them,” said Zuerlein. “It just depends on the faith that the coaches have. (Special Teams Coordinator) Coach (John) Fassel and Coach Fisher are giving me the chances and I think that’s the biggest thing.”

The touchdown came on a trick play. Amendola never left the field following third down, instead hanging around near the sideline and out of site of the Seattle defense.

The snap came to Hekker, who tossed the ball to a wide-open Amendola for the score.

“He has to stay on the field. That’s what the rule states,” said Fisher, who talked to the officials about that play before the game.

“It was just a play where I’d pretend like I was coming off and I wouldn’t step out of bounds so I wouldn’t be ineligible, so I’d just stay out there,” Amendola said. “The play kind of took awhile, so I was wondering if they were going to see me. They didn’t see me and it ended up working out.”

Most of the talk in the locker room after the game centered around Zuerlein, who quickly is becoming a star for the Rams.

“The thing about Greg is that he’s extremely calm, extremely confident and nothing really gets him riled,” said Rams linebacker James Laurinaitis. “We do field goals at practice and that guy, he doesn’t miss. If he does, we give him a hard time about it.”

Amendola had similar thoughts.

“He’s obviously got a huge leg and we’re excited to have him. You don’t draft a kicker for no reason,” Amendola said.

“Right now, our kicker is the MVP of the season. He’s doing a great job,” said Rams running back Steven Jackson. “Pretty much all we have to do is get across the 50-yard line and we’re within his range.”

It’s a short week for the Rams (2-2), who host unbeaten Arizona (4-0) Thursday at 7:20 p.m.

“I’ve never played on a Thursday before in this league. I know it’s going to be a challenge for us to get prepared,” said Rams quarterback Sam Bradford. “We’ve only got three days to get ready for a game. We’ve got to get our minds ready for Arizona now.”

The Cardinals are one of three unbeaten teams in the NFL, joining Houston and Atlanta.

“Arizona, right now, they’re red hot. They’re definitely making noise in the NFL and for us to get a second win in the division, it would be huge,” Jackson said. “We have to continue to establish what we are doing and that’s making home field advantage tough.”

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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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