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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

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Area Sports Schedule

American Legion Baseball

Senior Legion

Tuesday, July 1

*Daniel Boone 14, Pacific 3

*Washington 20, Sullivan 5

Wednesday, July 2

*Daniel Boone 8, Pacific 2

*Washington 11, St. Peters 1

Thursday, July 3

*Washington 11, St. Charles 0

Friday, July 4

*Pacific at St. Peters    1:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 5

*Washington 20, Pacific 1

Sunday, July 6

*Washington 11, Warrenton 2

Monday, July 7

Washington 9, Creve Coeur 7

Blue Springs Wood Bat Tournament

Wednesday, July 9

Washington 7, Gravette Lions 0

Thursday, July 10

Washington 4, Post 339 West (Bellevue, Neb.) 2

Friday, July 11

Washington vs. Geiger Redi-Mix (Leavenworth, Kan.), Hidden Valley No. 1, 11:30 a.m.

Washington vs. Hawthorne Outlaws (Lee's Summit), Jim Moran Field (Hidden Valley), 7 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

Washington vs. TBA, TBA

Sunday, July 13

Semifinal Games, 11 a.m.

Championship, 2 p.m.

Junior Legion

Tuesday, July 1

*Union 5, New Haven 0

*Union 7, New Haven 4

*St. Charles 12, Pacific 5

Thursday, July 3

*Union 13, Hannibal 2

*Union 10, Hannibal 3

*Elsberry at Pacific    7 p.m.

Saturday, July 5

*Daniel Boone at Pacific (DH)    10 a.m.

Union 6, Crocker 5

Union 13, Crocker 7

Freshman Legion

Tuesday, July 1

*Washington 16, Pacific 1

Wednesday, July 2

*Washington 11, St. Peters 0

Ninth District Tournament Schedules

Junior Legion

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 St. Peters vs. Washington, 6 p.m.

G12 Union vs. Elsberry, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 G11 loser vs. G12 winner, 2 p.m.

G14 Championship — G11 winner vs. G13 winner, 5 p.m.

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — G14 winner vs. G14 loser, 2 p.m.

Ninth District Tournament Schedules

Freshman Legion

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 Hannibal vs. St. Peters, 6 p.m.

G10 Elsberry-Winfield vs. Wentzville, 8:30 p.m.

Friday, July 11

G12 G9 winner vs. G10 winner, 6 p.m.

G11 St. Charles vs. Washington, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 G11 loser vs. G12 winner, 1 p.m.

G14 Championship — G11 winner vs. G13 winner, 4 p.m.

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — G14 winner vs. G14 loser, 1 p.m.

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

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    8 a.m.

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    6 p.m.

7-12    at Division Meet, Pacific    8 a.m.

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.

Great Midwest Football League

July 5

Missouri Cyclones 22, Midwest Chargers 14

July 12

Missouri Cyclones at Missouri Valley Pitbulls, St. Charles High School, 5 p.m.

Ninth District Standings

July 1, 2014

District Games Only

Senior Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

West    11    2

Daniel Boone 262    9    3

Washington 218    11    5

St. Charles 312    9    5

Elsberry 226    8    5

Wentzville 323    5    5

St. Peters 313    7    7

Pacific 320    3    10

Warrenton 122    0    10

Sullivan 18    1    12

2014 Final Standings

Junior Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

Elsberry 226    20    2

Union 297    19    3

Washington 218    18    4

St. Charles 312    14    8

St. Peters 313    12    10

Wentzville 323    12    10

Hannibal 55    10    12

New Haven 366    9    13

Daniel Boone 262    5    14

Warrenton 122    3    16

Pacific 320    3    15

Sullivan 18    0    20

Freshman Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

St. Charles 312    20    0

Washington 218    17    3

Hannibal 55    16    4

Elsberry-Winfield 226    14    6

Wentzville 323    9    11

Warrenton 122    8    12

West    7    13

St. Peters 313    6    14

New Haven 366    5    15

Pacific 320    4    16

Elsberry 226    4    16

*Indicates League Games

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