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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

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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