Dominating the first half, Borgia’s football Knights improved to 7-0 on the season with a 48-17 win at St. Charles West Friday.
“Credit goes to the entire team,” Borgia Head Coach Dale Gildehaus said. “Last week, we were happy with our win over O’Fallon Christian, but not satisfied. We know we’ve got to play better if we want to get to the level we want to be at.”
Gildehaus said the team switched things up at the start and that seemed to confuse St. Charles West.
“We came out in a two-minute offense,” Gildehaus said. “We did something they didn’t expect and within five plays we were in the end zone.”
Borgia took the lead with a five-yard run by Jacob Unnerstall just 1:40 into the game and never looked back.
The Knights scored 28 points in the first quarter and 20 in the second to lead 48-3 at the break. Gildehaus said he was able to use reserves for just about all of the second half.
“The first half was the finest performance we’ve had in a half all year,” Gildehaus said. “We played our starting linemen for three plays in the first half and went to the reserves. Everyone got to play. We couldn’t be happier with how everyone played.”
Borgia’s onslaught in the first quarter included two running touchdowns by Unnerstall and Justin Heggemann, one passing touchdown from Unnerstall to Drew Piontek and a blocked punt by Dylan Hellebusch.
St. Charles West got a field goal during the first quarter. That was all for the half as Borgia again dominated the second quarter. Heggemann and Matthew Sinnott ran for touchdowns and Unnerstall hit Quinton Poepsel for a program-record 88-yard pass with 1:28 to play.
Jake Nowak hit six of seven extra points.
While Borgia didn’t score in the second half, Gildehaus still felt it was important to get younger players experience.
Borgia ran for 265 yards and threw for 207 for a total of 472 yards. The Knights had 15 first downs and went 3-8 on third-down conversions. Borgia had seven penalties for 53 yards, lost the ball twice and had three takeaways.
St. Charles West ran for 145 yards and threw for 75 for 220 total yards. The Warriors had six first downs, went 2-9 on third downs and were penalized seven times for 48 yards.
Unnerstall, who became Borgia’s all-time leading passer last week, was 10-13 for 204 yards and two touchdowns this game.
“Jacob is a leader and that’s normal for him,” Gildehaus said. “On one play, we had an inside run called. He pulled it and threw for a big completion. He threw to six different receivers, so teams can’t double any one of them.”
Unnerstall also ran three times for three yards and a touchdown.
Borgia had several players carry the ball. Heggemann led the way with nine rushes for 138 yards. Louie Eckelkamp ran for 93 yards on seven carries.
Sam Heggemann, who took over at quarterback for Unnerstall in the second half, carried five times for 17 yards. Sinnott had one carry for five yards and a touchdown. Chris Hellebusch and Ryan Zeitzmann each ran once for four yards.
Cole Meyer and multiple JV players also had carries.
Heggemann completed one pass for three yards.
Poepsel caught three passes for 128 yards. Piontek was next with three receptions for 34 yards. Both scored a touchdown.
Jonah Chisamore had two catches for 23 yards. Heggemann had one snag for 10 yards.
“We had fourth and six and Jacob scrambled to find Heggemann three yards short of the first,” Gildehaus said. “Justin fought his way for the first down and more.”
Zeitzmann had one catch for nine yards and Adam Molitor caught a pass for three yards.
Adonis LaBeaume had four tackles, three for loss, with one assist and a sack.
“Adonis probably had his best game of the year,” Gildehaus said. “He just ate up their center.”
Jared Mullen played both ways with two tackles for loss, two sacks and a fumble recovery. All defensive linemen had more action with Tyler Patton out with a knee injury and Justin Thacker also recovering from an injury.
At linebacker, the trio of Heggemann, Sinnott and Dylan Hellebusch continued their friendly competition, Gildehaus said.
“They’re all competing to see who will get the most tackles,” Gildehaus said.
Heggemann had four tackles with two for loss. Hellebusch had four tackles, one assist and a fumble recovery. Sinnott made three tackles with two assists. One tackle was for a loss.
Chris Broeder and Zeitzmann also had two tackles.
Borgia returns home Friday to host Festus (4-3), a 35-21 winner last week against Pacific.
The Tigers also have wins over Vashon, De Soto and Windsor and have won three in a row coming into this contest.
“Festus is tough,” Gildehaus said. “They knocked off Pacific. “Coach (Russ) Schmidt is a class gentleman. They will come ready to play. They’ve finally got their quarterback situation worked out.”
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. and it will be senior night as the Borgia program honors its 20 last-year players.
Gildehaus also noted the Washington Junior Football League will be recognized at the game.
Besides needing to contain the Festus quarterback, Austin Coale, and the top running back, Logan Uding, Gildehaus said there are other challenges.
“Luke Grayson will need to play his best game at center,” Gildehaus said. “Festus has a huge nose guard.”
Borgia’s line is coming back to normal with the return last week of Jared Kriete. Gildehaus said Mitchell Gildehaus has stepped up at a tackle spot and is hopeful to have Thacker back in the rotation this week as well.
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Bor - Jacob Unnerstall 5 run (Jake Nowak kick), 10:20
Bor - Drew Piontek 12 pass from Unnerstall (Nowak kick), 7:25
SCW - Evan Eichoff 32 FG, 3:29
Bor - Justin Heggemann 1 run (Nowak kick), 2:43
Bor - Dylan Hellebusch recovered blocked punt in end zone (Nowak kick), 0:35
Bor - Heggemann 9 run (Nowak kick), 6:59
Bor - Quinton Poepsel 88 pass from Unnerstall (kick failed), 1:28
Bor - Matthew Sinnott 5 run (Nowak kick), 0:10
SCW - Joe Ecele 33 pass from Clark Henderson (Eichoff kick), 0:05
SCW - Joe Presson 3 run (Eichoff kick), 6:53