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Posted: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 3:00 pm

Running only 30 offensive plays on the night, Sullivan scored in a variety of ways and cruised to a 48-16 football victory Friday at Borgia.

The Eagles (7-2) scored on offense, defense and special teams en route to their seventh consecutive victory.

“We made some big plays on defense and special teams early in the game to give us the lead,” said Sullivan Head Coach Andy Arnette. “A big difference for us was our play up front on the offensive line. Once we got the ball, our line made some big holes and we made some big runs.”

The Knights (5-4) had a game plan of controlling the ball, taking time off the clock and keeping Sullivan’s offense off the field.

That worked for a while. The Knights had a 17-play drive that ended with a 22-yard field goal by Jacob Grellner, making the score 7-3 just 10 seconds into the second quarter.

But four turnovers in the first half, one of which was returned for a touchdown, and a kickoff return for a score, derailed Borgia’s game plan.

The Knights had five turnovers in the game.

“Sullivan is an outstanding football team. They have power up front and they have speed that we can’t match up with,” said Borgia Head Coach Dale Gildehaus. “We made some mistakes that gave them opportunities to score. You can’t do that against good teams. You can’t turn the ball over. The Borgia way is to battle and never quit. I thought we were getting away from that after they scored some touchdowns, but we re-focused. I was very proud of the effort our kids gave. We did not quit. There were good things. Now, let’s try to grow and build from what we did.”

Class 4 District 3 action begins this week with first-round games Thursday at 7 p.m.

Top-seeded Sullivan hosts seventh-seeded St. Clair (4-5). Sixth-seeded Borgia plays third-seeded Westminster (7-2) at Parkway North High School.

At Parkway North, there will be a $5 admission charge for all adults. Students are free. At Sullivan, admission is $4. Children 6 and under are free.

At both venues, Halloween makeup, costumes and masks will not be permitted.

Borgia Statistics

The Knights accumulated 187 yards, 140 rushing and 47 passing.

Quarterback Justin Baylard was 5-11 passing for 47 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions.

Kelan Winters carried the ball 13 times for 74 yards and scored one touchdown. He also had one catch for 11 yards.

Dominic Struckhoff rushed for 41 yards on eight attempts.

Dylan Voss had one carry, which was a 15-yard touchdown run late in the game.

Drake Raftery (21 yards) and Tyler Breckenkamp (15 yards) both had two receptions.

“Drake, Kelan and Dominick displayed an outstanding future because they ran hard. Get them stronger and we’re going to have what Sullivan has,” Gildehaus said. “Justin is going to have to get stronger. There’s the key. We have to make that commitment throughout our program. If we do, and we will, we’ll have a big smile on our face in week nine next year. Our goal is to be home next year in week 10.

Todd Kleekamp finished the game with three solos and one assist.

John Hanneken, Hunter Warmack, Struckhoff, Raftery and Baylard each had two solos tackles.

Bret Snider recovered a fumble.

Sullivan Statistics

The Eagles accumulated 275 yards, all of which were on the ground.

Quarterback Justin Biermann carried the ball 11 times for 107 yards and scored three touchdowns. He was 0-1 passing.

Michael McDermott rushed for 91 yards on five carries and scored one touchdown.

Joey Rigdon added 30 yards on three carries and scored on a kickoff return. Zach Holtz had two carries for 25 yards and one touchdown.

Adam Archer (13 yards) and Caden Weigl (five yards) also had two carries. Dylan Harmon, Caleb Pryor, Chris Schreit and Jacob Woodcock each had one rushing attempt.

“We’ve got several backs who work hard and try to get carries,” Arnette said. “Having a guy like Justin, it’s hard to get everyone the ball. We do the best we can.”

Sullivan’s defense had five takeaways.

Matt McGowan had a 60-yard interception return for a touchdown. Biermann also picked off a pass.

Jeremy Stumpe and Dylan Harmon both recovered a fumble.

“Defensively, we’ve gotten a lot better. We’ve improved quite a bit from the Festus game,” Arnette said. “Our linebackers have gotten a lot better. Up front, with Stumpe anchoring the line, being able to move him around, other guys are stepping up. That’s been big for us.”

Game Summary

Borgia fumbled on its second play from scrimmage, which set up Sullivan’s first score, a three-yard touchdown run by Biermann.

The Knights made the score 7-3 on the field goal by Grellner.

Rigdon returned the ensuing kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown to make the score 14-3.

McGowan then scored on the interception return, giving the Eagles a 21-3 advantage with 6:36 left in the second quarter.

The Eagles struck again on a 20-yard touchdown run by McDermott.

Sullivan led Borgia at halftime, 28-3.

Two more rushing scores by Biermann made the score 41-3 midway through the third quarter.

Zach Holtz joined in on the fun with a 29-yard touchdown run.

Borgia scored its first touchdown of the game with 1:02 left in the third quarter on a 17-yard run by Winters.

Voss added a 15-yard touchdown run late.

Week 10 Previews

It will be rematches for both Borgia and Sullivan in week 10, the opening round of Class 4 District 3 action.

The Knights lost a week seven contest at Westminster, 35-20. The rematch is Thursday at Parkway North.

“Honestly, I’d rather play Westminster right now than Sullivan. Can we beat Westminster? Well, it was a 21-14 game late in the third quarter the first time we played them. We were moving the ball and then turned it over,” Gidehaus said. “It’s a winnable game. We’ve come a long way since week one. This would be a great win for our program. Our goal is to play an 11th game.”

The Wildcats lost last week to Duchesne, 17-10. Their other loss came against John Burroughs, 30-7.

Other wins have come over Wheaton Academy (Illinois), MICDS, Lutheran North, Lutheran South, Priory and DuBourg.

Gildehaus said Brett Bond, who played at quarterback against Borgia, has since been moved to receiver. Brendan Bognar has taken over the quarterback duties.

Trey Merritt has rushed for 943 yards and 12 touchdowns on the season.

“Westminster is a very good team. They played Duchesne close. Their running back has broken records. They lost their best receiver earlier in the year before we played them to an ACL,” Gildehaus said. “The key for us is up front. We have to get better there. Our skill kids are playing well. If we put it all together, this is a game I think we can win. Our kids are excited.”

The Eagles won a week four contest at St. Clair, 51-25. The rematch is Thursday at Sullivan.

“We played St. Clair twice last year and will do it again this season. They have a solid running game. It gives them the ability to hold on to the ball and run the clock. It really puts the pressure on your defense to get stops and force turnovers. Skyler Hutchison runs the ball very well. If we can keep their running attack in check, we’ll be fine,” Arnette said. “I don’t think it’s a secret to anyone that we are going to look to run the ball. We’ll look to take advantage of points in their defense where we feel we have an advantage. It should be a good game. It’s always fun to watch two conference rivals play in a playoff format. Everyone will leave it all out on the field.”

The Borgia-Westminster winner plays the Sullivan-St. Clair winner in the district semifinals Wednesday, Nov. 6.

“Our district is as good as any in the state, there’s no question,” Gildehaus said. “Ladue is outstanding. Westminster is good, but Sullivan is better. I can say that because we played them both.”

Box Score

Sullivan 7-21-20-0=48

Borgia 0-3-7-6=16

First Quarter

S-Justin Biermann 3 run (Jake Lochner kick), 8:43

Second Quarter

B-Jacob Grellner 22 FG, 11:50

S-Joey Rigdon 85 kickoff return (Lochner kick), 11:38

S-Matt McGowan 60 interception return (Lochner kick), 6:36

S-Michael McDermott 20 run (Lochner kick), 5:52

Third Quarter

S-Biermann 25 run (Lochner kick), 9:23

S-Biermann 27 run (run failed), 7:03

S-Zach Holtz 29 run (Lochner kick), 4:08

B-Kelan Winters 17 run (Grellner kick), 1:02

Fourth Quarter

B-Dylan Voss 15 run (kick failed), 2:37


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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