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Posted: Friday, November 8, 2013 12:15 pm | Updated: 1:17 pm, Fri Nov 8, 2013.

In a football matchup that featured plenty of talent at the skill positions on both teams, it was the play at the line of scrimmage that ultimately decided the outcome.

Playing in the semifinals of Class 4 District 3, third-seeded Westminster (9-2) established itself up front in a 37-21 victory at second-seeded Sullivan (8-3).

“They’re big, fast and strong up front and they controlled the line of scrimmage. That was the difference in the ball game. They did what we tried to do, and they did it well,” said Sullivan Head Coach Andy Arnette. “I knew they were good, but film doesn’t do their offensive and defensive lines justice. They are a lot bigger, stronger, faster and a lot more physical than what the film shows.”

Westminster rode the success of its line, particularly on the offensive side of the ball.

“Our hope was that we’d be able to control the line of scrimmage,” said Westminster Head Coach Cory Snyder. “We tested it early in the game to see if we could. Once we found out we could, we continued to push it.”

It was a rematch of a district semifinal game from last year at Sullivan, won by the Eagles, 42-14.

“Last year’s trip here was a learning experience for us, especially on the defensive side of the ball playing against the double wing,” Snyder said.

Westminster plays top-seeded Ladue (10-1) in the district championship game Monday at 7 p.m. Ladue won Wednesday over fifth-seeded Priory, 42-7.

“Ladue is a good team,” Snyder said. “They’re fast and they’re senior heavy, so it’s going to be a challenge for us.”

Ball Control

The key for Westminster was its ability to control the clock with its running game.

The Wildcats constantly called on junior running back Trey Merritt, and he delivered. He carried the ball 45 times for just over 300 yards.

“He ran downhill. When they control the line of scrimmage like they did, he’s going to get at least three or four yards every time,” Arnette said. “There’s no reason to do anything different.”

Merritt was a workhorse for the Wildcats.

“We’ve never really given our running backs that many carries in a game, but there was no reason not to,” Snyder said. “He had good ball security, ran hard and got extra yards. We’re glad he’s going to be around for another year, that’s for sure.”

Game Summary

Westminster used two quarterbacks in the game.

Brett Bond played in the wildcat formation, where he ran the ball up the middle. When he moved to running back or receiver, Brendan Bognar took over. Bognar took most of the snaps.

It was a back-and-forth contest until Westminster took over in the second half.

The Wildcats led 10-0 after one quarter on a 28-yard field goal by David Williams and a one-yard touchdown run by Bond.

The Eagles scored all of their points in the second quarter, outscoring Westminster, 21-10.

Quarterback Justin Biermann had touchdown runs of 23 yards and one yard and also tossed a 13-yard touchdown pass to Matt McGowan.

Westminster scored on a 33-yard field goal by Williams and a 26-yard run by Merritt.

Sullivan led at halftime, 21-20.

The second half belonged to the Wildcats, outscoring Sullivan, 17-0.

“It looked like they put it into cruise control in the second quarter and that’s when we jumped on them,” Arnette said. “They came out after halftime and really controlled the line of scrimmage both ways, offensively and defensively.”

Williams booted his third field goal of the game, this one from 21 yards, and Bond scored on a one-yard run and a six-yard pass from Bognar.

“We didn’t make any changes at halftime. Defensively, we were weak on the edges and tried to shore that up a little,” Snyder said. “Getting ahead helped and forced them into some things they didn’t want to do. We held the ball for a really long time in the second half.”

Biermann carried the ball 17 times for 135 yards and scored two touchdowns.

Season Ends

In his first season as head coach, Arnette was pleased with the improvements his team made after dropping the first two games of the season.

“We had a great season, going undefeated in the conference,” Arnette said. “After losing those first two games, we came back, improved and did things the right way. I’m extremely proud of our guys.”

Now the task begins of finding a replacement for Biermann and the other seniors.

“You can’t replace Justin. That’s a given. We’ve got a good core group of younger kids coming back. Hopefully they’ll step up and take leadership of this team and lead us to some wins next year,” Arnette said. “We’ll give these guys a little time off then get them back and get them in the weight room. We’ll start working with the juniors, turning those guys into our senior leader group for next year.”

Box Score

Westminster 10-10-3-14=37

Sullivan 0-21-0-0=21

First Quarter

W-David Williams 28 FG, 8:23

W-Brett Bond 1 run (Williams kick), 3:04

Second Quarter

S-Justin Biermann 23 run (Jake Lochner kick), 11:53

S-Matt McGowan 13 pass from Biermann (Lochner kick), 10:08

W-Williams 33 FG, 8:33

S-Biermann 1 run (Lochner kick), 4:10

W-Trey Merritt 26 run (Williams kick), :48

Third Quarter

W-Williams 21 FG, 6:18

Fourth Quarter

W-Bond 1 run (Williams kick), 11:01

W-Bond 6 pass from Brendan Bognar (Williams kick), 1:35


Area Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Rock Bridge 79, Northwest 27

^Lutheran South 76, Hillsboro 43

Owensville 41, Hermann 40

St. James 80, Montgomery County 39

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Jackson 65, Pacific 44

^Borgia 82,  Union 61

~Warrenton 69, Chamois 24

^Washington 49, St. Clair 45 (OT)

~Wright City 51, New Haven 37

*Bethel at Crosspoint    7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

^Hillsboro 49, Northwest 34

~New Haven 35, Chamois 28

~Wright City 47, Warrenton 41

^Union 63,  St. Clair 60

~Hermann 63 vs. Montgomery Co 5

St. James 57, Owensville 35

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge 80, Lutheran South 59

^Borgia 46, Washington 43 (OT)

*Providence at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

^Seventh-place game — St. Clair vs. Northwest   2:30 p.m.

~Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

^Consolation — Union vs. Hillsboro    4 p.m.

~Consolation    4 p.m.

^Third-place game — Washington vs. Lutheran South   5:30 p.m.

~Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

^Championship — Borgia vs. Rock Bridge    7 p.m.

~Championship    7 p.m.

^Union Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Monday, Feb. 2

New Haven at Silex   5:30  p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Whitfield at Union    4 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

Pacific at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Fulton SA at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

Wellsville at New Haven     6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Mary’s    6:45 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

Rock Bridge at Borgia    7:15 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Owensville at New Haven   6 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Holt 60, Pacific 57

^Warrenton 42, Union 40

~Owensville 64,  Montgomery Co 32

Borgia 62, Cardinal Ritter 41

^St. Clair 64, Lutheran South 45

~Hermann 57, Wright City 26

Washington 74, Wentzville Liberty 19

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Fulton SA at Barat    4:30 p.m.

~New Haven 42, Montgomery Co 34

*Bethel at Crosspoint    6:15 p.m.

~Chamois 61, Wright City 20

Wednesday, Jan. 28

^Pacific 62, Union 59 (OT)

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    5 p.m.

^Lutheran South 54, Wentzville Liberty 40

~Owensville 54, New Haven 24

^Warrenton 51, Holt 44

~Chamois 50, Hermann 45

^Washington 54, St. Clair 31

Thursday, Jan. 29

*Notre Dame 50, Borgia 45

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game — Union 66, Wentzville Liberty 31

~Consolation — Montgomery Co. vs. Wright City    5 p.m.

^Consolation — Lutheran South 55, Pacific 49

*Providence at Crosspoint    6 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    6 p.m.

~Third-place game — Hermann vs. New Haven   6:30 p.m.

^Third-place game — Holt 63, St. Clair 49

~Championship — Owensville vs. Chamois   8 p.m.

^Championship — Washington 61 Warrenton 50

Monday, Feb. 2

#Borgia vs. Patriettes    4 p.m.

#Cardinal Ritter vs. Union    5:20 p.m.

De Soto at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    6 p.m.

#Washington vs. Parkway South    6:40 p.m.

Chamois at New Haven    7 p.m.

#Helias vs. Troy    8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

#Washington-Parkway South loser vs. Helias-Troy loser    4 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes loser vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union loser    5:20 p.m.

#Washington-Parkway South winner vs. Helias-Troy winner    6:40 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes winner vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union winner    8 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Barat at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

#Seventh-place game    noon

#Consolation    1:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3 p.m.

#Championship    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Elsberry    5 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    6 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

^Washington Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

#Borgia Tournament


Tuesday, Jan. 27

*Pacific 42, St. Clair 33

Borgia 36, Hallsville 30

Helias 66, Borgia 21

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Summit 39, Union 34

Owensville 41, Pacific 38

Pacific 45, St. James 28

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at DeSoto   5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at DeSoto 9 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

Borgia at O’Fallon Christian    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at AAA Tny    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at Union    6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

Washington at Seckman Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at Francis Howell Central Inv    9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Pacific at Parkway Central Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Timberland 140, Washington 96, Ft. Zumwalt East 87

Thursday, Jan. 22

Oakville 120, Washington 115, University City 9, Mehlville 6

Saturday, Jan. 24

Washington 91, Borgia 80

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Washington 122, St. Charles West 46

Thursday, Jan. 29

Washington at Affton/Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic    8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at McCluer North    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at MICDS/Duchesne (Rec-Plex)    8:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Borgia at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Wednesday, Feb. 11

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 12

Borgia at AAA Meet    TBA

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

*Conference Games