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Posted: Wednesday, August 8, 2012 10:00 am

It all comes down to this.

Saturday’s Missouri Cyclones game at Mehlville High School against the Midwest Chargers will determine not only the Great Midwest Football League Gateway Conference Southeastern Division championship, but also will be for homefield advantage throughout the playoffs.

Both teams enter the game at 8-1 in GMFL games and have secured playoff spots.

The Cyclones can finish as high as first in the GMFL Gateway Conference playoffs, or could drop to third with a loss.

The Cyclones routed the Eastside Justice 40-6 Saturday at Borgia to extend its winning streak to seven games.

Missouri needs to avenge its only loss of the regular season, a 15-10 setback at Borgia, if it wants to win the division title.

When the team takes the field against the Chargers, Head Coach Troy Robertson says several changes will be evident. Mike McMullen will return to the starting quarterback role.

McMullen completed 10 of 21 passes for 121 yards and one touchdown against the Justice. McMullen has shared playing time with Clayton Tunney. McMullen, who has started a number of games this season, will be the starter Saturday.

“We had some mental breakdowns in the passing game,” said Robertson.

The Cyclones will also have a different look on defense and will be replacing three starters, who are out for the remainder of the season with injuries.

Missouri was able to move the ball productively against the Justice but wasn’t as productive in the red zone as Robertson would have liked. Fortunately, kicker Will Rodriguez proved extremely reliable, connecting on all four of his field goal attempts.

“He’s been kicking really well for us,” acknowledged Robertson. “He’s only had one miss over 40 yards.”

Rodriguez put the Cyclones ahead early, before they scored consecutive touchdowns in less than a minute late to take a 17-0 advantage heading into the second period.

Missouri’s second touchdown came as a result of one of three straight fumbles by the Justice, two of which were recovered by the Cyclones.

The Justice countered with a long touchdown pass down to open the second quarter, falling short on the two-point conversion.

Missouri led 23-6 at halftime, counting on Rodriguez two more times.

“It hurt us having to kick the field goal during the last 2:00 of the half, when we should have been able to punch in another touchdown,” said Robertson.

The Cyclones reached the end zone two more times in the second half, before the game was called with eight minutes remaining due to severe weather.

Jason Boyd was responsible for a pair of touchdowns, grabbing six receptions for 81 yards.

“He had a great game for us,” said Robertson.

Jeff Kolkmeier had three catches for 34 yards.

Dominique Jones made a promising return to the field, rushing for 102 yards on 13 carries.

“I was pleased with our running game, and we got Dominique back on track,” said Robertson.

The Cyclones are also anticipating the return of defensive specialist Marqueas McLaurin.

Six Cyclones were named to the Great Midwest Football League All-Star team. Among them were running back Keenan Miller, offensive guard Travis Triplett, linebacker Kellen Williams, defensive tackle Chris Henry, athlete Deon Morris and kicker Will Rodriguez.

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Area Scoreboard

Football

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

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

Volleyball

Tuesday, Aug. 26

Potosi def. Union, 18-25, 25-18, 25-15

Francis Howell C def. Washington, 25-19, 25-22

Farmington def. Pacific, 25-23, 22-25, 25-8

New Haven at Cuba    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Bourbon    5:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    5:30 p.m.

Borgia def. Cardinal Ritter, 25-3, 25-3

Wednesday, Aug. 27

ECC def. Central Methodist JV, 25-12, 25-14, 25-15

Thursday, Aug. 28

Potosi at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Borgia def. Notre Dame, 25-15, 25-8

*Washington def. Ft. Zumwalt South

Union def. Battle, 25-17, 25-11

Pacific def. Seckman, 25-17, 20-25, 30-28

Hermann at Jefferson City    5:30 p.m.

Belle at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

Linn at Owensville    6 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    5 p.m.

Softball

Saturday, Aug. 23

Union Tournament

Union Sports Complex

G1 Washington 21, St. Clair 0

G2 Pacific 15, Liberty 3

G3 Farmington 15, Union 0

G4 Park Hills Central 4, Borgia 2

G5 Liberty 6, St. Clair 5

G6 Union 9, Borgia 2

G7 Washington 5, Pacific 4

G8 Farmington 5, Park Hills Central 2

Consolation — Union vs. Liberty Postponed due to heat

Seventh Place — Borgia 16, St. Clair 0

Championship — Farmington 5, Washington 0

Third Place — Park Hills Central 7, Pacific 6

Monday, Aug. 25

*Borgia 5, Notre Dame 4 (8 innings)

Union 14, Rolla 7

New Haven at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    4:30 p.m.

Belle at Owensville    5 p.m.

Sullivan at Westminster Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Aug. 26

*Ft. Zumwalt S 5, Washington 2

Warrenton 4, Union 3

Duchesne 10, Pacific 5

Steelville at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

Vienna at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Wright City 6, St. Clair 2

New Bloomfield at New Haven    5 p.m.

Hermann at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Pacific, PPD to Sept. 5

Thursday, Aug. 28

St. Clair 3, Borgia 2

*Ft. Zumwalt N at Washingto, PPD

Bourbon at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Linn    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29

Pacific at Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

New Haven at Wellsville    4:30 p.m.

Belle at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Battle Tny    TBA

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Battle Tny    TBA

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Aug. 26

*Union 1, St. James 0

Fredericktown 4, St. Clair 1

Pacific 2, Hillsboro 0

Sullivan at SLUH    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Union, PPD

Thursday, Aug. 28

Union at De Soto    5 p.m.

Pacific at North County    5 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5 p.m.

*St. Mary’s 4, Borgia 0

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

ECC at McKendree JV    7 p.m.

#Washington at Francis Howell North, 4:15 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Pky W/Northwest Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Friday, Aug. 22

Sullivan at Fleet Feet Inv    4 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia at Parkway Central Inv    TBA

Friday, Aug. 29

St. Clair at First Capitol Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Lafayette Inv    9 a.m.

Girls Golf

Monday, Aug. 25

Borgia 215, Washington 241

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia 280, Lutheran St. Charles 284, Washington 292

Boys Swimming

Friday, Aug. 29

Borgia, Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E Inv    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

@Fort Scott Tournament

#Parkway West/Northwest Tournament

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