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Posted: Friday, November 1, 2013 4:45 pm

It took three overtime sessions, but the Priory Rebels were able to outlast the Union football Wildcats to open Class 4 District 3 competition Thursday night at Stierberger Stadium, 49-42.

While Priory (6-4) advances to face Ladue (9-1) in next Wednesday’s district semifinals and Union (7-3) ended its season, there was much more to the contest than just that.

Just to get to overtime required the Wildcats to score two touchdowns in the final six minutes. And the Wildcats had to drive 98 yards for the first one.

“Our kids did a great job,” Union Head Coach Erick Webster said. “For a while, the stadium seemed flat and our team seemed flat. We told them we weren’t out of this and there still was a lot of fight left. They continued to battle. I’m so proud of them. I can’t imagine them fighting harder. It was heartbreaking to lose the way we did, but I can’t imagine a team fighting any harder.”

The finish was the complete opposite of last year’s district first-round game, an 8-0 Priory victory.

Miracle Finish

With just under six minutes to play in regulation, Priory had every reason to feel comfortable. Leading 35-21, the Rebels pinned Union to its own two-yard line, forcing the Wildcats to not only have to drive 98 yards to score, but also to get the ball back and score again.

Union took care of the first part, quickly moving down the field by using passes with a run sprinkled in here or there.

However, the Rebels held there. On third down, Priory got a sack at the Union 20.

Struggling on fourth down all night long, this time junior quarterback Blake Hulsey found John Prosser in the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown pass with 2:37 to play. Ryan Schumaker’s kick made it 35-28.

Union went for the onside kick, but Cole Esparrago was able to come out of the scrum with the ball.

Priory did all it could to run time off the clock, but couldn’t find any holes in the Union defense. With 1:28 left in regulation, Logan Bellamy made a fair catch of a Priory punt at the Union 29.

Hulsey went back to work. On first down, he hit Jacob Carman for 17 yards. On the next play, he found Jake Siddens for a gain to the Priory 46.

Another pass to Carman put the ball on the Priory 21. And on the next play, Hulsey bulled his way down to the Priory one. Only a number of Rebels denied him the end zone.

However, Union struggled from there, setting up fourth down at the one. Hulsey found a hole and scrambled through for a touchdown with seven ticks left on the clock. Schumaker’s kick tied the score at 42-42.

Schumaker Shines

Schumaker had a huge game for the Wildcats as well. He blocked two Priory punts in the game and stopped another sure touchdown by stripping the ball away from Priory’s Dan Watson after a long run.

“I’m so proud of him,” Webster said. “That’s something we practice in our turnover circuit. I’m proud that a kid took something he learned on the practice field, used it in a game and it made a difference. Nick had a great night. He’s a lights-out player. He’s probably one of the fastest players in the conference and we’ll see that in the track season. He’s got a bright future.”

On the night, he hit all six of his extra-point kicks.

Schumaker almost had the chance to be the hero in the first overtime. Union started by holding Priory on the first possession from the 25-yard line.

Union was bogged down at the Priory 10 and Webster considered sending in his kicker to try and win it. The attempt would have been from at least 27 yards, which wasn’t a sure thing. Webster stuck with Hulsey, but his pass into the end zone was incomplete.

“We did consider going for the field goal,” Webster said. “With the angle and the length of the kick, we felt we had to go with our hot hand, and Blake Hulsey was our hot hand at that point. It seemed to be out of our kicking range, but not out of Blake’s throwing range.”

Scoring in Overtime

In the second overtime, Union took the lead for the first time since the first quarter.

Union quickly moved to the Priory 11, but seemed to be stuck around there.

Facing third down from the 13, Hulsey tried to hit Jobie Richardson, but the ball fell incomplete. However, there was contact before the pass arrived and pass interference was called.

The penalty still wasn’t enough for a first down, but Union got a run by John Prosser to earn four more downs.

On third and goal from the one, Hulsey broke through to give Union the lead. Schumaker’s kick made it 42-35.

Priory immediately struck back and Alex Lennartz scored on a two-yard run. Esparrago’s kick tied it again, 42-42.

Third Overtime

Priory didn’t take long to score on its possession in the third overtime. Quarterback Andrew Rund ran to the Union one and Lennartz scored his third touchdown of the night on the next play. Esparrago’s kick made it 49-42.

Union had another chance. However, the Wildcats fumbled the ball on an extra effort and it was ruled that Priory recovered to win the game and advance in the playoffs.

Early Scoring

When the Rebels rushed onto the field and celebrated the victory, it seemed like eons after the game had started with a rapid first quarter.

Union scored the first touchdown on a one-yard run by Hulsey with 1:26 left in the first quarter. Schumaker’s kick made it 7-0.

The Rebels didn’t need much time to strike back. Watson scored on a nine-yard run with 11:22 left in the half and Esparrago kicked the extra point to tie it.

That score keyed a Priory run, which seemed to be just the rally the Rebels needed to secure a big lead.

Priory got a 28-yard pass from Rund to Jack Heitz with 9:58 to play. That score was set up by a big punt return by John Agnew to the Union 18. Priory overcame a penalty which wiped out one touchdown.

After Union was stopped short on fourth down at the Priory 31, it took one play for Watson to add another touchdown to Priory’s lead. Watson swept left and then cut back to the middle for a 69-yard touchdown with 5:39 left. Esparrago’s kick made it 21-7.

Union got one touchdown back just before the half. Union had been thwarted near the red zone, but Schumaker blocked a kick and Union had another chance. This time, Hulsey scored from five yards out with 36.4 seconds left in the half. Schumaker’s kick made it 21-14, which was the halftime score.

Second Half

The Rebels drove down and scored on their opening drive of the third quarter. Gussie Busch went into the end zone from two yards out with 10:20 left in the quarter. Esparrago’s kick made it 28-14 in favor of the Rebels.

Union struck back with Hulsey scoring from one yard out after some big runs by Prosser to set up the score. Hulsey’s touchdown and Schumaker’s kick with 8:13 left in the third quarter cut the Priory lead to 28-21.

While the teams were trading stops, Schumaker made his key fumble recovery late in the third quarter. However, Union was forced to punt after failing to move the ball on its chance.

Priory took its two-score lead again early in the fourth quarter. Lennartz scored on a one-yard run with 10:54 left in the game. The Esparrago kick made it 35-21.

When Priory’s punt was downed at the Union two with 5:59 to play, the game seemed to be over.

But Union believed and rallied for two scores to send it into overtime.

Box Score

PRI 0-21-7-7-0-7-7=49

UNI 7-7-7-14-0-7-0=42

First Quarter

UNI - Blake Hulsey 1 run (Ryan Schumaker kick), 1:26

Second Quarter

PRI - Dan Watson 9 run (Cole Esparrago kick), 11:22

PRI - Jack Heitz 28 pass from Andrew Rund (Esparrago kick), 9:58

PRI - Watson 69 run (Esparrago kick), 5:39

UNI - Hulsey 5 run (Schumaker kick), 0:36.4

Third Quarter

PRI - Gussie Busch 2 run (Esparrago kick), 10:20

UNI - Hulsey 1 run (Schumaker kick), 8:13

Fourth Quarter

PRI - Alex Lennartz 1 run (Esparrago kick), 10:54

UNI - John Prosser 20 pass from Hulsey (Schumaker kick), 2:37

UNI - Hulsey 1 run (Schumaker kick), 0:07

First Overtime

No scoring

Second Overtime

UNI - Hulsey 1 run (Schumaker kick)

PRI - Lennartz 6 run (Esparrago kick)

Third Overtime

PRI - Lennartz 1 run (Esparrago kick)


Area Scoreboard


Friday, Sept. 12

*Ft. Zumwalt North 49, Washington 0

*Borgia 35, St. Dominic 0

*Union 27, Pacific 19

*Sullivan 47, St. Clair 21

Hermann 65, Wentzville Liberty 7

*Owensville 29, St. James 28 (OT)

Cuba 22, Windsor 6

*Warrenton 14, St. Charles 6

*Bowling Green 55, Wright City 0

Friday, Sept. 5

Warrenton 14, Washington 6

Borgia 13, Maplewood-Richmond Heights 0 (forfeit)

*Union 32, Sullivan 19

*Pacific 20, St. Clair 18

*Hermann 52, St. James 20

Owensville 35, Cuba 8

*Wright City 36, Montgomery Co. 0

Friday, Aug. 29

Sullivan 30, Washington 8

Borgia 56, Union 13

Ozark 41, St. Clair 0

Potosi 34, Pacific 13

Hermann 54, Cuba 12

Blair Oaks 42, Owensville 0

St. James 36, Houston 18

Warrenton 28, Troy 0

Orchard Farm 36, Wright City 18

Friday, Aug. 22

Washington 26, St. Clair 21

Borgia 48, Owensville 12

Parkway West 49, Union 39

Pacific 28, De Soto 20

Park Hills Central 34, Sullivan 27

St. James 12, Cuba 6

Hermann 61, Montgomery Co 12

Warrenton 26, St. Dominic 23

Trinity 28, Wright City 24


Monday, Sept. 8

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    4:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Windsor    4:30 p.m.

Hermann at Van-Far    4:30 p.m.

*Union at New Haven, 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Union    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

*New Haven at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

Borgia at Trinity    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 11

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt S    4:30 p.m.

*Union at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Sullivan at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

*New Haven at St. James    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 12

Washington at Howell C Tny    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 13

Cuba Tournament    TBA

Washington at Howell C Tny    TBA

Pacific at Seckman Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 15

Silex at Union    4:30 p.m.

Potosi at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Wellsville at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

Newburg at Owensville    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at Notre Dame    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N    4:30 p.m.

*Union at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.


Saturday, Sept. 6

Borgia Tournament

Blue Pool

Parkway West def. Hickman, 25-8, 25-12

Borgia def. Washington, 25-6, 25-15

Parkway West def. Washington, 25-19, 25-16

Borgia def. Hickman, 25-21, 25-10

Washington def. Hickman, 25-19, 25-11

Parkway West tied Borgia, 25-15, 22-25

Gold Pool

St. Dominic def. Francis Howell North, 25-14, 25-16

Lutheran South tied Jefferson City, 25-9, 22-25

St. Dominic def. Jefferson City, 25-7, 26-24

Lutheran South tied Francis Howell North, 24-26, 25-18

Jefferson City def. Francis Howell North, 25-9, 25-17

St. Dominic tied Lutheran South, 25-20, 22-25

Seventh Place - Francis Howell North def. Hickman, 25-15, 25-23

Fifth Place - Jefferson City def. Washington, 25-12, 25-20

Semifinal 1 - Lutheran South def. Parkway West, 25-22, 25-20

Semifinal 2 - Borgia def. St. Dominic, 26-24, 23-25, 25-22

Third Place - Parkway West def. St. Dominic, 25-17, 25-9

Championship - Borgia def. Lutheran South, 25-20, 23-25, 25-15

Owensville at Fulton Tny    8:30 a.m.

#ECC vs. Independence    9 a.m.

#ECC vs. Southeast    1 p.m.

St. Clair, Pacific, Sullivan at North County Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 8

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Fox at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Hillsboro at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Tolton at New Haven    6 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

Pacific at Rockwood Summit    4:15 p.m.

Crosspoint at Rivers of Life    5 p.m.

Washington at Owensville    5:30 p.m.

Montgomery Co at Union    5:30 p.m.

Rock Bridge at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Belle    5:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Kingston    6 p.m.

Crosspoint vs. Community Christian    6 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

*ECC at Mineral Area    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 11

Cuba at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    5 p.m.

New Haven at Centralia    5 p.m.

Park Hills Central at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Fatima    5:30 p.m.

*Rosati-Kain at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 12

Liberty Christian at Crosspoint    5 p.m.

Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

Hermann at Crossroads Inv    TBA

New Haven at SEMO Classic    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 13

Missouri Baptist JV at ECC    10 a.m.

Indian Hills at ECC    2 p.m.

Borgia at Springfield Classic    TBA

Union at Rockwood Summit Tny    TBA

Hermann at Crossroads Inv    TBA

New Haven at SEMO Classic    TBA

St. James at Cuba Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 15

Union at Cuba    5:30 p.m.

Hickman at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Potosi    5:30 p.m.

Montgomery Co at Owensville    5:30 p.m.

St. James at Licking    6 p.m.

ECC at Missouri Baptist JV    6 p.m.

New Haven at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Sullivan at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    5 p.m.

*New Haven at Union    5:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Boys Soccer

Saturday, Sept. 6

St. Charles at Washington    11 a.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic Tny    TBA

Pacific Tournament    TBA

Sunday, Sept. 7

Blue River 3, East Central 1

Monday, Sept. 8

Christian Academy at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

Pacific at Washington    5 p.m.

*Sullivan at St. James    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

Sullivan at Valley Park    4 p.m.

*ECC at St. Charles    4 p.m.

Crosspoint at St. Louis United A    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Union    5 p.m.

St. Clair at Belle    5 p.m.

Mehlville at Pacific    5 p.m.

*Borgia at Duchesne    6:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

Washington at Warrenton    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 11

*Washington at Holt    4 p.m.

Windsor at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Festus    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Calvery Lutheran    5 p.m.

Borgia at Pacific    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 12

ECC at Oakton    4 p.m.

*Fulton SA at Eagle Ridge    4:30 p.m.

Dixon at St. James    5 p.m.

Crosspoint at Jefferson City Lightning    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 13

Washington at Helias    11 a.m.

Cape Central at Union    11 a.m.

ECC at Lake Co    3 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 15

*Sullivan at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Affton at Pacific    5 p.m.

St. James at Richland    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 16

Crosspoint at Fulton St. Albans    4:30 p.m.

Tolton Catholic at Borgia    5:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    6 p.m.

Cross Country

Tuesday, Sept. 9

Sullivan Invitational    4 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 11

Pacific, Sullivan at Steelville Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 13

Forest Park Inv    9 a.m.

New Haven, Hermann, Owensville at Linn Inv    9 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 15

St. James at Bourbon    4 p.m.

Girls Golf

Monday, Sept. 8

Washington at Timberland    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

*O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

Washington at Troy    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at St. Dominic    3:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming

Friday, Sept. 5

Washington at Oakville/CBC    4:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

Washington at Kennedy    5:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

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