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Posted: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 2:00 pm

While Drake Raftery’s touchdown reception with 1:40 left Friday may have given the Borgia Knights a 30-27 victory at St. Mary’s, the effects may pay dividends for weeks to come.

Borgia (2-2, 1-1) picked up its first Archdiocesan Athletic Association Large Division victory against the Dragons (1-3, 0-1) in south St. Louis.

“We are beginning to grow up as a team,” said Borgia Head Coach Dale Gildehaus. “We were up,then down, then up, then down, but in the end, when things looked very bleak we found a way to pull out a win.”

It also gave Borgia a win over a 2012 Class 4 semifinalist and showed that the Knights can overcome adversity.

“Bottom line, we made plays when we had to,” Gildehaus said. “We made mistakes but I was so proud of our effort in the last quarter. When things looked bad we battled. We continue to work hard in practice even when things look bad. The kids are starting to believe that with hard work good things will come.”

Three times, the Knights rallied from deficits in the game. The Knights lost leads as much as 10 points during the contest and came back after St. Mary’s forged ahead by four points with 6:40 to play.

The winning touchdown was a 32-yard pass from Justin Baylard to Raftery with 1:40 to play. Raftery pulled the ball away from a defender and went on to score the touchdown.

“We were down to fourth and 16 on a pass that was up for grabs,” Gildehaus said. “Drake Raftery basically said ‘I’m going to make a play,’ and did he ever. The ball was in the defender’s hands and Drake just took the ball away to win the ballgame.”

Not to be overlooked was Jake Erwin’s extra-point kick, which gave Borgia a three-point cushion and made certain that the Dragons would have to put the ball into the end zone on their final drive for the victory.

Borgia also trailed 13-10 in the second quarter after jumping out to a 10-0 lead.

Gildehaus said Kelan Winters made a crucial stop at the Borgia one to close out the first half.

“If it were not for his effort we would have been down again,” Gildehaus said.

The Knights then went down 19-16 in the third quarter, which was the score going into the final quarter.

“This was a night of big plays,” Gildehaus said. “Winters broke off the left side for a 65-yard score that was sprung because of a big block from Todd Kleekamp. Tyler Breckenkamp caught a pass from Justin Baylard for a 35-yard touchdown.


St. Mary’s outgained Borgia in the game, 343-285.

The Dragons picked up 197 yards in the air to Borgia’s 143. St. Mary’s edged Borgia on the ground, 146-142, but needed seven additional carries to do that.

“We made a few adjustments at half but St. Mary’s did a great job of running the option all night and went up again,” Gildehaus said.

Baylard was Borgia’s only passer on the night, completing 12 of his 14 attempts for 143 yards and two touchdowns.

“We threw for 142 yards and rushed for 143,” Gildehaus said. “That’s the balance every team looks which we have been striving for. We were led by linemen Nathan Held, James Mullen, Noah Filla, Logan Bell and Taylor Monzyk. That is a young offensive line but senior Brendan Joyce has been pushing for more playing time.”

On the ground, Kelan Winters led the way with six carries for 90 yards. Hunter Warmack was next with seven carries for 47 yards.

“Hunter became an important part of our offense as we began to run under center with a little more power,” Gildehaus said. “He ran very well as well as becoming a blocker as well plus leading us on the defensive side each and every week.”

Baylard ran 12 times for six yards while Raftery had one carry for four yards. Charlie Smith returned and had one rush for a five-yard loss.

Through the air, Tyler Breckenkamp caught three passes for 50 yards. Raftery had three catches for 48 yards.

Grant Broeder recorded two catches for 24 yards. Winters had two catches for eight yards.

Phillip Swoboda caught one pass for eight yards and Todd Kleekamp made one reception for five yards.

Defensively, Raftery made 11 total tackles. Brandon Guehne was next with 10 total stops and Warmack had nine total tackles.

John Hanneken made eight total stops.

Guehne posted a sack. Swoboda and Max Baker recovered fumbles.

Cody Beile led the Dragons by going 8-16 for 197 yards and one touchdown through the air. He also carried the ball 12 times for 57 yards.

William Pratt picked up 54 yards on nine carries and 43 yards on three catches.

Carl Crimi hauled in three catches for 96 yards and Jake DeWeese had two receptions for 58 yards.

St. Dominic Preview

If the Knights had to pick an arch rival among their AAA Large Division foes, it likely would be St. Dominic. Prior to Borgia joining the AAA, the two teams met up multiple times on the final week of the season with a playoff berth on the line.

And the Crusaders are coming to Washington Friday night for a 7 p.m. game.

Gildehaus said he has tremendous respect for the Crusaders (3-1, 1-0).

“They are rebuilding as well after losing 27 seniors to graduation,” Gildehaus said. “They do not have the strong running back they had last year but they know how to win. That is what Coach Jim Cook has brought to that program, they believe in themselves and that is why they are winning again this year.”

Wins have come against Warrenton (12-7), Bishop DuBourg (41-23) and Trinity (15-0). The loss came in Week 2 against Cardinal Ritter (34-6).

Offensively, the Crusaders are fairly balanced. Quarterbacks Luke Mennemeier and Gary Ernst have passed for 384 combined yards. Mennemeier is the top quarterback, completing 31 of 62 attempts for 362 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions.

Ernst is 2-6 for 22 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

Tony Papa is the top runner, carrying the ball 46 times for 180 yards and one touchdown. Mark Weiss has 36 carries for 120 yards. Mennemeier has run 26 times for 62 yards and one touchdown.

In the air, John Hagan is the top receiver with 11 catches for 161 yards and two touchdowns.

Tyler Kalist has pulled in 10 catches for 111 yards and two scores. Nathan Livingston has six catches for 87 yards.

Defensively, Jarod Sachs has been the top tackler with 38 total stops, four tackles for loss and two sacks.

Drew Basse is next at 31 stops and one sack.

Josh Dause and Ernst have intercepted two passes each. Jason Graning has two fumble recoveries.

Gildehaus feels it will be a great football atmosphere.

“They have a tremendous following from their student body,” Gildehaus said about St. Dominic. “They were very intimidating last year, it will be fun to have them at our place with our kids behind us this year. Our students have just been outstanding. I have never be more proud of a school as we went down to defeat two weeks ago against Duchesne in a bad score as we walked over to sing the school song our kids gave the team a standing ovation because of their effort. Wow, the kids were so thankful. Now, this week we hope to give something back to our fans and student body.”

The Knights will have to limit the big plays. St. Mary’s was able to find holes in Borgia’s defense, especially through the air. The Knights need to seal up those holes to have a chance.

Borgia is getting healthier and several injured players are closing in on being able to return, such as Dean Lockhart and Dominic Struckhoff. With Smith’s return against St. Mary’s, the Knights have one of their projected running backs in the lineup once again, which should allow Gildehaus to spread out the wealth of the three quarterbacks (Baylard, Raftery and Winters). has not projected this game as it has an incorrect AAA schedule.

Box Score

BOR 10-6-0-14=30

STM 0-13-6-8=27

First Quarter

BOR - Jake Erwin 42 field goal, 8:17

BOR - Kelan Winters 80 run, (Jake Erwin kick) :58

Second Quarter

STM - Will Pratt 5 run, (Jake DeWeese kick), 8:05

STM - Cody Beile 10 run, (kick failed), 5:58

BOR - Tyler Breckenkamp 34 pass from Justin Baylard, (kick failed), 1:42

Third Quarter

STM - Cody Beile 10 run, (kick failed) 3:07

Fourth Quarter

BOR - Justin Baylard 1 run, (Erwin kick), 7:31

STM - Carl Crimi 65 pass from Beile, (Beile run) 6:20

BOR - Drake Raftery 23 pass from Baylard, (Erwin kick), 1:40


Area Scoreboard


Friday, Sept. 12

*Ft. Zumwalt North 49, Washington 0

*Borgia 35, St. Dominic 0

*Union 27, Pacific 19

*Sullivan 47, St. Clair 21

Hermann 65, Wentzville Liberty 7

*Owensville 29, St. James 28 (OT)

Cuba 22, Windsor 6

*Warrenton 14, St. Charles 6

*Bowling Green 55, Wright City 0

Friday, Sept. 5

Warrenton 14, Washington 6

Borgia 13, Maplewood-Richmond Heights 0 (forfeit)

*Union 32, Sullivan 19

*Pacific 20, St. Clair 18

*Hermann 52, St. James 20

Owensville 35, Cuba 8

*Wright City 36, Montgomery Co. 0

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

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


Monday, Sept. 8

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    4:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Windsor    4:30 p.m.

Hermann at Van-Far    4:30 p.m.

*Union at New Haven, 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Union    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

*New Haven at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

Borgia at Trinity    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 11

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt S    4:30 p.m.

*Union at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Sullivan at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

*New Haven at St. James    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 12

Washington at Howell C Tny    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 13

Cuba Tournament    TBA

Washington at Howell C Tny    TBA

Pacific at Seckman Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 15

Silex at Union    4:30 p.m.

Potosi at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Wellsville at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

Newburg at Owensville    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at Notre Dame    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N    4:30 p.m.

*Union at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.


Saturday, Sept. 6

Borgia Tournament

Blue Pool

Parkway West def. Hickman, 25-8, 25-12

Borgia def. Washington, 25-6, 25-15

Parkway West def. Washington, 25-19, 25-16

Borgia def. Hickman, 25-21, 25-10

Washington def. Hickman, 25-19, 25-11

Parkway West tied Borgia, 25-15, 22-25

Gold Pool

St. Dominic def. Francis Howell North, 25-14, 25-16

Lutheran South tied Jefferson City, 25-9, 22-25

St. Dominic def. Jefferson City, 25-7, 26-24

Lutheran South tied Francis Howell North, 24-26, 25-18

Jefferson City def. Francis Howell North, 25-9, 25-17

St. Dominic tied Lutheran South, 25-20, 22-25

Seventh Place - Francis Howell North def. Hickman, 25-15, 25-23

Fifth Place - Jefferson City def. Washington, 25-12, 25-20

Semifinal 1 - Lutheran South def. Parkway West, 25-22, 25-20

Semifinal 2 - Borgia def. St. Dominic, 26-24, 23-25, 25-22

Third Place - Parkway West def. St. Dominic, 25-17, 25-9

Championship - Borgia def. Lutheran South, 25-20, 23-25, 25-15

Owensville at Fulton Tny    8:30 a.m.

#ECC vs. Independence    9 a.m.

#ECC vs. Southeast    1 p.m.

St. Clair, Pacific, Sullivan at North County Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 8

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Fox at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Hillsboro at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Tolton at New Haven    6 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

Pacific at Rockwood Summit    4:15 p.m.

Crosspoint at Rivers of Life    5 p.m.

Washington at Owensville    5:30 p.m.

Montgomery Co at Union    5:30 p.m.

Rock Bridge at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Belle    5:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Kingston    6 p.m.

Crosspoint vs. Community Christian    6 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

*ECC at Mineral Area    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 11

Cuba at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    5 p.m.

New Haven at Centralia    5 p.m.

Park Hills Central at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Fatima    5:30 p.m.

*Rosati-Kain at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 12

Liberty Christian at Crosspoint    5 p.m.

Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

Hermann at Crossroads Inv    TBA

New Haven at SEMO Classic    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 13

Missouri Baptist JV at ECC    10 a.m.

Indian Hills at ECC    2 p.m.

Borgia at Springfield Classic    TBA

Union at Rockwood Summit Tny    TBA

Hermann at Crossroads Inv    TBA

New Haven at SEMO Classic    TBA

St. James at Cuba Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 15

Union at Cuba    5:30 p.m.

Hickman at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Potosi    5:30 p.m.

Montgomery Co at Owensville    5:30 p.m.

St. James at Licking    6 p.m.

ECC at Missouri Baptist JV    6 p.m.

New Haven at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Sullivan at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    5 p.m.

*New Haven at Union    5:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Boys Soccer

Saturday, Sept. 6

St. Charles at Washington    11 a.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic Tny    TBA

Pacific Tournament    TBA

Sunday, Sept. 7

Blue River 3, East Central 1

Monday, Sept. 8

Christian Academy at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

Pacific at Washington    5 p.m.

*Sullivan at St. James    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

Sullivan at Valley Park    4 p.m.

*ECC at St. Charles    4 p.m.

Crosspoint at St. Louis United A    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Union    5 p.m.

St. Clair at Belle    5 p.m.

Mehlville at Pacific    5 p.m.

*Borgia at Duchesne    6:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

Washington at Warrenton    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 11

*Washington at Holt    4 p.m.

Windsor at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Festus    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Calvery Lutheran    5 p.m.

Borgia at Pacific    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 12

ECC at Oakton    4 p.m.

*Fulton SA at Eagle Ridge    4:30 p.m.

Dixon at St. James    5 p.m.

Crosspoint at Jefferson City Lightning    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 13

Washington at Helias    11 a.m.

Cape Central at Union    11 a.m.

ECC at Lake Co    3 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 15

*Sullivan at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Affton at Pacific    5 p.m.

St. James at Richland    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 16

Crosspoint at Fulton St. Albans    4:30 p.m.

Tolton Catholic at Borgia    5:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    6 p.m.

Cross Country

Tuesday, Sept. 9

Sullivan Invitational    4 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 11

Pacific, Sullivan at Steelville Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 13

Forest Park Inv    9 a.m.

New Haven, Hermann, Owensville at Linn Inv    9 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 15

St. James at Bourbon    4 p.m.

Girls Golf

Monday, Sept. 8

Washington at Timberland    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

*O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

Washington at Troy    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at St. Dominic    3:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming

Friday, Sept. 5

Washington at Oakville/CBC    4:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

Washington at Kennedy    5:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

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