Duncan Cloniger John Burroughs 2022
Duncan Cloniger John Burroughs 2022 (Nate Latsch photo)

Posted On: 01/10/21 5:11 PM

The John Burroughs football team were only able to play five games this fall, but there were plenty of positives for Bombers coach John Merritt.

"I think for us, we only got to play five games but we were together for five months," Merritt said. "When MSHSAA dropped the 20-day restriction, my kids, my seniors, felt pretty strongly that the one thing they wanted to do was be together. ... We started as soon as St. Louis County let us on June 15 and we were together all the way until November 15. That was awesome."

Burroughs finished with a 3-2 record, with wins over Priory, Clayton and Pacific and losses to MICDS and Union. "It’s the best 3-2 season I’ve ever had," Merritt said.

The coach felt like the Bombers made progress throughout the season and, with a strong group from the Class of 2022 leading the way, could be one of the better small schools in the area next season.

Merritt said seniors Xavier Silva (Brown), Malachi Chunn, Chris Pittman, Adam Blumoff and Auggie Nieberle will all play college football somewhere, with those guys either having committed or having narrowed down their options.

Here are some of Burroughs’

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