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Posted: Friday, August 30, 2013 10:00 am

With temperatures expected to reach the mid- 90s on Friday, it promises to be a warm evening for the opening week of the high school football season.

New turf fields will open at Union as the Wildcats host Poplar Bluff and also at Owensville, where the Dutchmen welcome Borgia.

There are no conference games among area teams during the opening week.

The Massey Ratings predictions return this season.

Washington at St. Clair

The Blue Jays and the Bulldogs enter the season in similar circumstances.

Both teams look to replace their three-year starting quarterbacks lost to graduation.

Washington returns three starters on offense and seven on defense from last season’s 6-5 team.

St. Clair returns two starters on both sides of the ball from last year’s 10-2 squad.

Both teams will rely on a senior running back-linebacker who wears No. 44, Kyle Summers for Washington and Skyler Hutchison for St. Clair.

The leading candidates to take over the quarterback duties for the Blue Jays are senior Christian Hardesty and junior Isaac Lippert.

Juniors Collin Scott and Damon Arnold are in the running to start at quarterback for the Bulldogs.

Both teams feature players with a limited amount of varsity experience, so limiting mistakes and executing plays will be a key element to the game.

MasseyRatings.com Projection — St. Clair 40, Washington 26.

Borgia at Owensville

After going winless last season, Owensville looks to open its new turf field in style against Borgia.

The Dutchmen return five starters on offense and seven on defense from last season’s 0-10 team.

Senior defensive end Ryan Escalante is the team’s top returner after making The Missourian’s All-Area third team last year.

Jesse Lowder moves into the quarterback position and will operate from the pistol offense.

The top running backs are Kiowa Wright, Matt Pohlmann and Nick Plocinski.

Borgia looks to rebound from last season’s 4-6 team.

Junior Justin Baylard will be the quarterback. Senior Josh Kleekamp, one of seven full-time seniors on the team, is a key player at linebacker and running back. Junior Drake Raftery is in the mix to see time at quarterback, running back and defensive back.

MasseyRatings.com Projection — Borgia 48, Owensville 14.

Poplar Bluff at Union

The Wildcats should have plenty of motivation for their season opener.

Not only will it mark the first game on the new turf field, but Union also is looking for revenge after a 33-0 loss last season at Poplar Bluff.

Union returns 10 starters on offense and nine on defense, including junior quarterback Blake Hulsey, from last season’s team that went 5-5.

There are plenty of receiving targets for Hulsey, including junior Logan Bellamy and seniors Jacob Carman, Jake Siddens and Jobie Richardson.

The Mules of Poplar Bluff, who competed last week at St. Clair’s jamboree, feature a sophomore quarterback in Kameron Misner.

Running back Bi Nguyen got a lot of work at running back during the jamboree.

MasseyRatings.com Projection — Union 16, Poplar Bluff 14.

De Soto at Pacific

With seven starters on both sides of the ball back this season, Pacific hopes to rebound from a 2-8 campaign in 2012.

Leading the offense is junior quarterback Eain Roberts, who started the final seven games last season.

Seniors Tanner Brown and Chris Klenke and junior Josh Vondriska are other weapons on offense.

Senior offensive tackle-linebacker Jeff Hinkle is a key returner on both sides of the ball.

Among some of the other top linemen on the team are seniors Allen Fitzgerald, Scott Roberts and Dalton Mathis.

Junior Dalton Voyles, a returning starter at running back and linebacker, is expected to miss the opener with an injured ankle, but hopes to be back in either the second or third week.

Indians Head Coach George Hinkle reports that De Soto has a physical team with good size, a solid quarterback and a productive running attack.

MasseyRatings.com Projection — De Soto 27, Pacific 21.

Park Hills Central at Sullivan

Sullivan hopes to continue the momentum it built from last season’s team that won Four Rivers Conference and Class 4 District 3 titles.

New head coach Andy Arnette, the Eagles’ offensive coordinator last season, returns three starters on offense and five on defense from last year’s team that went 12-1, losing to eventual Class 4 champion Webb City in the state quarterfinals.

Leading the way is senior Justin Biermann, an all-state running back last year who moves to quarterback this season.

Other returning starters are senior Jeremy Stumpe on the offensive and defensive lines, senior fullback and linebacker Caden Weigl, senior running back and linebacker Joey Rigdon and junior running back and defensive back Michael McDermott.

MasseyRatings.com Projection — Sullivan 34, Park Hills Central 14.

Montgomery County at Hermann

Hopes are high for a breakthrough season for the Hermann Bearcats, who return nine starters on both sides of the ball from last year’s 4-6 squad.

Senior quarterback-defensive back Craig Winkelmann is one of the team’s top returning starters.

Other key players include senior Saige Hale and juniors Jarrod Kolbe and Jordan Leicht, all at running back and linebacker.

Montgomery County will be a major test out of the blocks for the Bearcats.

MasseyRatings.com Projection — Montgomery County 38, Hermann 27.

Cuba at St. James

Two teams looking to turn the corner in 2013 meet in St. James.

The Tigers return six starters on both sides of the ball from last season’s 3-7 team.

Running back-defensive back Jesse Hays, a senior, is the top returner for the Tigers. Receiver-defensive back Cody Birkner is another key player.

Cuba returns five starters on offense and four on defense from last year’s 1-9 team.

Austin Burlage is a player to watch at running back and linebacker.

MasseyRatings.com Projection — St. James 28, Cuba 14.


Area Scoreboard


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

Friday, Aug. 29

Washington at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Union at Borgia     7 p.m.

St. Clair at Ozark    7 p.m.

Potosi at Pacific    7 p.m.

Cuba at Hermann    7 p.m.

Blair Oaks at Owensville    7 p.m.

Houston at St. James    7 p.m.

Troy at Warrenton    7 p.m.

Wright City at Orchard Farm    7 p.m.


Friday, Aug. 22

@Neosho Co def. ECC, 26-24, 25-14, 25-23

Marquette def. Washington 25-19, 25-20

@ECC def. Labette, 25-15, 13-15, 25-20, 25-18

Crosspoint at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

Crosspoint vs. St. Louis Panthers    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 23

@ECC vs. Fort Scott    11 a.m.

@ECC vs. Pratt    5 p.m.

Sullivan at Windsor Tny    TBA

Monday, Aug. 25

Steelville at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Hermann at Montgomery Co    6 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 26

Pacific at Seckman    4:15 p.m.

Union at Potosi    5 p.m.

Washington at Francis Howell C    5 p.m.

Pacific at Farmington    5 p.m.

New Haven at Cuba    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Bourbon    5:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    5:30 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Central Methodist JV at ECC    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Potosi at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Notre Dame at Borgia, 5 p.m.

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

Battle at Union    5:30 p.m.

Hermann at Jefferson City    5:30 p.m.

Belle at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

Linn at Owensville    6 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    5 p.m.


Friday, Aug. 22

Rolla at St. James    7 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 23

New Haven Tournament    8 a.m.

Lutheran South at Sullivan    10 a.m.

Union Tournament

Union Sports Complex

G1 Washington 21, St. Clair 0

G2 Pacific 15, Liberty 3

G3 Farmington 15, Union 0

G4 Park Hills Central 4, Borgia 2

G5 Liberty 6, St. Clair 5

G6 Union 9, Borgia 2

G7 Washington 5, Pacific 4

G8 Farmington 5, Park Hills Central 2

Consolation — Union vs. Liberty Postponed due to heat

Seventh Place — Borgia 16, St. Clair 0

Championship — Farmington 5, Washington 0

Third Place — Park Hills Central 7, Pacific 6

Monday, Aug. 25

*Notre Dame at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

Union 14, Rolla 7

New Haven at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    4:30 p.m.

Belle at Owensville    5 p.m.

Sullivan at Westminster Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Aug. 26

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    7 p.m.

Warrenton at Union    6 p.m.

Duchesne at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

Steelville at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

Vienna at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Wright City at St. Clair    6 p.m.

New Bloomfield at New Haven    5 p.m.

Hermann at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

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

Bourbon at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Linn    4:30 p.m.

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

Friday, Aug. 29

Pacific at Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

New Haven at Wellsville    4:30 p.m.

Belle at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Battle Tny    TBA

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Battle Tny    TBA

Boys Soccer

Friday, Aug. 22

Crosspoint at ER    4:30 p.m.

Festus at Union PPD, Rescheduled for Oct. 13

#Washington 2, Bishop DuBourg 1

Fulton SA at Rock Bridge Tny    TBA

Saturday, Aug. 23

#Rockwood Summit 8, Washington 0

Fulton SA at Rock Bridge Tny    TBA

Sunday, Aug. 24

Heartland at ECC    1 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 26

*Union at St. James    5 p.m.

St. Clair at Fredericktown    5 p.m.

Pacific at Hillsboro    5 p.m.

Sullivan at SLUH    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Union    7 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Union at De Soto    5 p.m.

Pacific at North County    5 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5 p.m.

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:15 p.m.

Washington at Pky W/Northwest Tny    TBA

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

ECC at McKendree JV    7 p.m.

Washington at Pky W/Northwest Tny    TBA

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Pky W/Northwest Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Friday, Aug. 22

Sullivan at Fleet Feet Inv    4 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia at Parkway Central Inv    TBA

Friday, Aug. 29

St. Clair at First Capitol Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Lafayette Inv    9 a.m.

Girls Golf

Monday, Aug. 25

Washington at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 26

Washington at Troy    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

*Borgia at Kennedy    TBA

Boys Swimming

Friday, Aug. 29

Borgia, Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E Inv    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

@Fort Scott Tournament

#Parkway West/Northwest Tournament

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