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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


Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


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 at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

St. Clair vs. Lindbergh, 1 p.m.

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington vs. Lutheran South, 4 p.m.

Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff, 5:30 p.m.

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

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

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 vs. Sullivan, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.


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