Blake Hulsey and the Union offense had it all working during last Friday’s Four Rivers Conference football game in St. Clair.
Hulsey, the Wildcats’ junior quarterback, had a hand in all seven of his team’s touchdowns, four passing and three rushing, in a 49-21 victory over the Bulldogs.
“Our offense played extremely well. I’m really pleased with what we did, both running the ball and passing the ball,” said Union Head Coach Erick Webster. “It was an exciting night for us, especially when we started rolling the way we did. St. Clair is a team that plays us close most of the time. We didn’t pull away until after the half. It was a great win.”
Leading 28-21 at halftime, Union outscored St. Clair 21-0 in the second half.
“We were fine in the second half. We had the ball, down a score, and couldn’t capitalize. We went three and out and had to punt. It was our own mistakes,” said St. Clair Head Coach Cody McDowell. “It’s the same things we’ve been preaching all year. We’re seeing more of it. It gets frustrating at times, but it’s things we can fix. We just need to have guys who are willing to fix it.”
Union (3-2, 2-1) put the game away on a 98-yard touchdown pass from Hulsey to Jake Siddens, which increased its lead to 42-21 early in the fourth quarter.
The 98-yard pass play set a Union school record for the longest touchdown.
“I think the old record was 94 yards,” Webster said. “That was a big-boy throw for Blake. Jake made a nice catch. We’re sometimes hit or miss on protection, but we had everything we needed on that one.”
Union accumulated 585 yards, 435 passing and 150 rushing.
Hulsey was 25-37 passing for 435 yards and four touchdowns. He carried the ball 17 times for 90 yards and three touchdowns.
“Blake is a great athlete and a great quarterback,” Webster said. “I’m extremely pleased to see his development. He’s come so far since last year as a sophomore.”
Logan Bellamy finished with 10 receptions for 119 yards and one touchdown. He had one carry for eight yards.
Siddens added three catches for 140 yards and two touchdowns.
“Jake has been consistent,” Webster said. “If you take a receiver away from us, we have three or four more who will make plays, too.”
Jacob Carman added six receptions for 62 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed for 17 yards on three carries.
John Prosser rushed for 39 yards on six attempts and had four catches for 47 yards.
Jobie Richardson (42 yards), Nick Eads (20 yards) and TreLin Edwards (five yards) each had one reception.
Defensively, Nick Maher paced the Wildcats with nine solo tackles and three assists.
Joe Laskey added eight solo tackles. Siddens had six solos and two assists, Bellamy had five solos, two assists and recovered a fumble and Casey Peth had four solos and three assists.
“We’re definitely rolling offensively,” Webster said. “Defensively, we’re getting better every week. That’s the only thing we’ve asked of them. I’m extremely pleased about that.”
St. Clair (2-3, 1-2) accumulated 264 yards, 146 rushing and 118 passing.
Quarterback Collin Scott was 11-20 passing for 85 yards and two touchdowns. He rushed for 48 yards on nine attempts.
Damon Arnold was 4-7 passing for 33 yards. He rushed for seven yards on three carries.
Alex Miller registered six catches for 54 yards and scored two touchdowns, one on a catch and another on a kickoff return.
“Alex is one of the better all-around players on our team,” McDowell said. “He played exactly how I expected from him. We have to have that from him every night. We need other guys to step up and give us their all as well.”
Skyler Hutchison carried the ball 21 times for 72 yards. Paul Armistead rushed for 19 yards on five attempts.
Harley Love (29 yards) and Colbie Viessman (19 yards) both had two catches. Kevin Cox (10 yards and one touchdown), Ian McQueen (10 yards) and Adam Hinson (four yards) each added one catch.
Defensively, Dalton Ulrich paced the Bulldogs with three solo tackles and eight assists. Collin Avery had eight solos.
Ryan Alsop added two solos and five assists. Jacob Villalobos had two solos and four assists, Branden Brown had four solos and one assist and Tommy Ghirardi and Harley Love both had three solos and two assists.
The Wildcats held a 12-0 lead after one quarter on a pair of touchdown passes from Hulsey to Bellamy for 12 yards and to Siddens for 41 yards.
The Bulldogs got on the scoreboard on a five-yard touchdown pass from Scott to Miller, making the score 12-7.
Union responded on a 10-yard touchdown run by Hulsey to increase its advantage to 20-7.
Miller then returned the ensuing kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown, pulling St. Clair to within 20-14.
Hulsey then tossed his third touchdown pass of the first half, a 16-yard play to Carman, making the score 28-14.
The Bulldogs came right back and scored on an 10-yard touchdown pass from Scott to Cox.
Union held a 28-21 lead at halftime.
Hulsey scored on a one-yard touchdown run to make the score 35-21.
The play of the game for the Wildcats was the 98-yard touchdown pass from Hulsey to Siddens, increasing the lead to 42-21.
Hulsey added a 28-yard touchdown run with 8:23 remaining in the fourth quarter, increasing the lead to 49-21.
“I’d like to say I said something amazing at halftime,” Webster said. “We were almost to the point where they couldn’t stop us at all. We just had to keep rolling, and we did.”
Week Six Preview
Union steps out of conference play with a game Friday at De Soto at 7 p.m.
The Dragons (1-4) won their first game of the season last week over Windsor, 26-8. They’s lost to Pacific, St. Clair, North County and Festus.
“We’re taking a breather from the conference and heading out to De Soto,” Webster said. “We’ve scouted them a little. They’re a team that St. Clair handled pretty well. It will be a good opportunity for us to play well, go on the road and learn that skill set.”
St. Clair hosts St. James Friday at 7 p.m.
The Tigers (3-2, 1-1) lost last week to Moberly, 58-7. They’ve defeated Cuba, Houston and Owensville and lost to Hermann and Moberly.
St. James quarterback Brett Karnes was injured against Moberly and is expected to miss at least the next two weeks.
“We have to fix our things and whoever is here Friday, we’ll play them and hopefully take care of our end of things,” McDowell said. “I like our team. I like our kids. I feel like we’re just as good as the teams we’re playing. We’re making mistakes instead of plays. I’m not upset with our team makeup. We’ve got guys who need to see the problems and be willing to look at themselves in the mirror, identify the problems and fix them.”
St. Clair 0-21-0-0=21
U-Logan Bellamy 12 pass from Blake Hulsey (kick failed), 7:45
U-Jake Siddens 41 pass from Hulsey (run failed), 1:00
S-Alex Miller 5 pass from Collin Scott (Skyler Hutchison kick), 8:29
U-Hulsey 10 run (Bellamy pass from Hulsey), 5:43
S-Miller 80 kickoff return (hutchison kick), 5:27
U-Jacob Carman 16 pass from Hulsey (Bellamy pass from Hulsey), 2:15
S-Kevin Cox 10 pass from Scott (Hutchison kick), :42
U-Hulsey 1 run (Ryan Schumaker kick), 8:07
U-Siddens 98 pass from Hulsey (Schumaker kick), 10:25
U-Hulsey 28 run (Schumaker kick), 8:23