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Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 8:00 am | Updated: 11:50 am, Wed Oct 10, 2012.

Contenders or pretenders?

We’re getting to the point of the football season where teams are put into one of those two categories.

I’m not sure yet where to put the St. Louis Rams.

When you have a good defense, like the Rams do, you always have a chance. At the same time, you need some kind of offense.

The Rams had more sacks (nine) than completions (seven) in last week’s 17-3 win over Arizona.

I’m not complaining. A win is a win, especially when we’re talking about the Rams.

The loss of receiver Danny Amendola for possibly six weeks worries me. Someone else, whether it’s Steve Smith, Brandon Gibson or Chris Givens, better step up.

Another thing that worries me about the Rams is their upcoming schedule.

The Rams need to find a way to win Sunday at Miami. As we know, winning on the road is a major issue for this team.

Following the Dolphins, the next three games are against the Packers (home), Patriots (London) and 49ers (road), so going to 4-2 this week is important if we’re thinking about contending for a playoff spot.

Win or lose, the Rams are a much different team under Jeff Fisher. The team plays hard for their coach. It’s nice to finally see some tough, hard-nosed defense.

Speaking of defense, that’s about the only thing Mizzou has done decently this season.

Sheldon Richardson is having a great season at defensive tackle. Cornerback E.J. Gaines will be in the NFL one day.

Overall, the MU defense has played well enough to win most games.

Missouri’s special teams, with the exception of the punt return unit, is horrible. How is it that MU can’t find a punter, kicker and long-snapper?

The offense is really struggling. Quarterback James Franklin isn’t healthy. The offense line is beat up, forcing younger and inexperienced players into action.

Mizzou doesn’t have a prime performer at wide receiver like it has in the past, such as Jeremy Maclin or Danario Alexander.

Freshman Dorial Green-Beckham was a big-name recruit, but has yet to prove anything with the Tigers. T.J. Moe has had good seasons in the past, but can’t seem to get the ball this year.

I’m not sure if the spread really works against SEC defenses. Those slow-developing running plays are being eaten alive by speedy defenders.

Here’s the bottom line. This is Mizzou’s worst football team in a long time, probably in all the years Gary Pinkel has been in Columbia. It doesn’t matter what conference the Tigers are in; SEC, Big 12, Big 10, they’d still be losing.

Top-ranked Alabama visits Columbia this Saturday in a nationally televised game. Backup quarterback Corbin Berkstresser, a redshirt freshman, will start for the Tigers.

This is going to be ugly.

On to brighter topics, like high school football.

We have two games remaining in the regular season and then district play begins.

It’s going to be quite a battle to determine the Class 4 District 3 champion.

Six of the eight teams currently have winning records. Five teams are 5-2 or better. There’s a chance seven teams will have winning records when district play begins.

We know that Sullivan and St. Clair both are very strong. Borgia is up and down, but is more than capable of getting hot.

Westminster showed us something by winning last Friday at Borgia. We know Ladue will be fast and athletic.

The team I’ve been keeping an eye on all season is Priory. The Rebels have scored at least 28 points in all seven of their games. They put up 28 points in a loss at John Burroughs, one of the best teams in Missouri. They hammered Westminster 49-14 and beat a good Mater Dei, Ill., team last Saturday, 56-21.

If the season ended today, we could be looking at a Sullivan-Priory district semifinal game.

It’s going to be an interesting district to follow. I honestly have no idea who’s going to win it.

Washington is in good shape in Class 5 District 4.

The Blue Jays currently are less than two points behind Camdenton for second place in the standings.

Remember the top two teams in Class 5 receive first-round district byes. Wins over Zumwalt East and Howell North could push the Jays into the No. 2 spot behind Lebanon.

Camdenton has games remaining against Joplin and Glendale.

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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

^Northwest vs. Hillsboro   5:30 p.m.

~Chamois vs. New Haven    6 p.m.

~Warrenton vs. Wright City    6 p.m.

^Union vs. St. Clair    7 p.m.

~Hermann vs. Montgomery Co    7:30 p.m.

~Owensville vs. St. James    7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge vs. Lutheran South    5:30 p.m.

^Borgia vs. Washington    7 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

^Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

~Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

^Consolation    4 p.m.

~Consolation    4 p.m.

^Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

~Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

^Championship    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

*Borgia at Notre Dame    6:45 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game — Union vs. Wentzville Liberty   4 p.m.

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

^Consolation — Pacific vs. Lutheran South    5:30 p.m.

*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 — St. Clair vs. Holt   7 p.m.

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

^Championship — Washington vs. Warrenton    8:30 p.m.

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

Wrestling

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

Union at Farmington/Summit    5 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James/Owensville    5:30 p.m.

Washington at Seckman    6 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    TBA

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at Potosi/Festus    5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    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

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