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Posted: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 7:15 pm

Finishing strong was the goal for Washington in its football opener last Friday at St. Clair.

The Blue Jays (1-0) did exactly that, overcoming a 15-0 halftime deficit with 24 unanswered points in the second half for a 24-15 victory over the Bulldogs (0-1).

“Our kids fought hard. It’s a confidence boost for us. You can’t win a game unless you’re there in the fourth quarter,” said Washington Head Coach Zach Schneider. “Our goal is to fight tooth and nail, do whatever it takes, to give us a chance to win. That’s what we did and I couldn’t be more proud of our team.”

With warm temperatures, overall depth may have played a role in the game as the Blue Jays seemed to wear the Bulldogs down in the second half.

“We did some good things in the first half. We didn’t come out in the second half ready to play,” said St. Clair Head Coach Cody McDowell. “There’s a lot of things we need to fix. We have a lot of kids who are still learning and growing up.”

It was a big game for Washington senior running back Kyle Summers, who carried the ball 23 times for 214 yards and scored three touchdowns.

“It felt good coming back, getting the lead and winning the game, especially after losing to them last year. They had a lot of two-way starters and I think we just wore them down,” Summers said. “The first half was a little rough running the ball. In the second half, the linemen opened up more running lanes.”


Washington accumulated 440 total yards, 257 rushing and 183 passing.

In addition to Summers’ 214 yards on the ground, quarterback Christian Hardesty carried the ball seven times for 21 yards. Caleb Curran rushed for 16 yards on seven attempts and had two catches for 24 yards.

Hardesty was 6-9 passing for 70 yards. Fellow quarterback Isaac Lippert was 4-8 passing for 118 yards with one touchdown.

“I don’t like the two-quarterback system, not one bit. But I don’t think either of them have earned the right to be the starter yet,” Schneider said. “I’m not disappointed in them because they both did some good things. They’re going to keep battling it out. It’s pretty much neck-and-neck.”

Seth Bollmann finished with six receptions for 151 yards and one touchdown. Austin Finder had one catch for seven yards.

“Seth is going to leave some people behind with his speed. We just have to make sure that we keep feeding him the ball and feed Caleb Curran the ball. We have to spread out those touches so teams can’t just focus on Kyle,” Schneider said. “Seth had a couple of big catches in the second half and they had to defend the whole field. They couldn’t just worry about Kyle going up the middle. That’s when he started breaking his runs.”

DJ Quaethem led Washington’s defense with 12 solo tackles and one assist.

Austin Pieper added eight solo stops. Austin Subke totaled six solos and one assist. Alex Schull had four solos and four assists.

Nathan Kopp recovered a pair of fumbles. Jay Jacquin and Michael Wadlow also recovered a fumble.

“Our defense was phenomenal in the second half,” Schneider said. “We fixed some things. Coach (Matt) Kroeter had some choice words with those kids in the first half about doing their job. They did their job in the second half. I was so proud of those guys.”

St. Clair accumulated 328 total yards, 204 rushing and 124 passing.

Quarterback Collin Scott carried the ball 14 times for 139 yards and one touchdown. He was 11-25 passing for 124 yards with one touchdown.

Skyler Hutchison rushed for 52 yards on 11 attempts.

Ian McQueen had one reception, which went for a nine-yard touchdown.

Evander Spinks had two catches for 25 yards and also rushed for eight yards.

Kevin Cox added three receptions for 34 yards. Alex Miller (27 yards) and Adam Hinson (22 yards) both had two catches. Colbie Viessman had one catch for seven yards.

Defensively, Ryan Alsop had one interception to go with two solo tackles and four assists. Jake Oermann recovered a fumble. McQueen had an interception.

Tommy Ghirardi and Harley Love both had two solos and three assists. Spinks added one solo and five assists.

“We were up and down, just a little too inconsistent. We’ll evaluate it on film,” McDowell said. “Collin did some good things and some bad things. That was the same for everyone we had on the field. Everybody made mistakes and everybody made plays. Everybody was just too inconsistent.”

The two teams combined for seven turnovers, four by St. Clair and three by Washington.

Week Two Preview

Washington and St. Clair both have home games Friday at 7 p.m.

The Blue Jays host Timberland (1-0) while the Bulldogs entertain De Soto (0-1).

Timberland won its opener over Parkway West, 27-0.

‘They’re double tight, big and will come right at us. They’re well-coached and play in a tough conference. We’ll have our hands full,” Schneider said. “We’ll be stacked up against some size and strength. We’ll have to do our jobs on a consistent level to have a chance for a win.”

It will be a big night at Washington, as it opens its new turf field. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place before the game.

“It’s going to be exciting to play on our new field,” Summers said. “Hopefully we can do the same thing against Timberland. I think we have a team that can do some great things.”

At halftime, the 1973 Washington state championship team will be honored for its 40-year anniversary.

“We have a lot of alumni coming in and we want to make them proud. We’re really looking forward to the 1973 team coming back,” Schneider said. “For our guys to meet them and hear what some of them have to say, that’s going to be an honor for us.”

De Soto (0-1) lost its opener at Pacific, 28-21.

“We have a lot to improve. We have to get back to playing our style of football,” McDowell said. “Washington is one of the better teams we’ll see. We’ll learn from it and go on. We’re fortunate to have another home game. Hopefully we’ll have a good week of preparation and build on this.”

Game Summary

St. Clair got on the scoreboard first with 8:58 left in the first quarter on a nine-yard touchdown pass from Scott to McQueen on a fourth-and-six play.

The Bulldogs struck again with 20 seconds remaining in the first quarter on a 47-yard touchdown run by Scott.

St. Clair led 15-0 at halftime.

Washington began its comeback when Summers raced for a 58-yard touchdown run 17 seconds into the third quarter to make the score 15-6.

The Blue Jays struck again with 4:12 left in the third quarter on a 57-yard touchdown pass from Lippert to Seth Bollmann to make the score 15-12.

After St. Clair turned the ball over for the second time in the quarter, Washington took the lead on a 42-yard touchdown run by Summers to make the score 18-15.

The Blue Jays put the game away with 9:09 left in the fourth quarter on a 45-yard touchdown run by Summers to increase the advantage to 24-15.

“The kids fought really hard. We weren’t very fundamentally sound in the first half. They did a great job taking it from us,” Schneider said. “We knew at halftime if we could get our kids to do their job, we’d have a lot more success. I did not expect 24 points. I wanted a score on our first drive and then see what we can do with it.”

Box Score

Washington 0-0-18-6-24

St. Clair 15-0-0-0-15

First Quarter

S-Ian McQueen 9 pass from Collin Scott (Harley Love pass from Colbie Viessman), 8:58

S-Scott 47 run (Skyler Hutchison kick), :20

Second Quarter

No scoring

Third Quarter

W-Kyle Summers 58 run (run failed), 11:43

W-Seth Bollmann 57 pass from Isaac Lippert (kick failed), 4:12

W-Summers 42 run (kick failed), 2:05

Fourth Quarter

W-Summers 45 run (kick failed), 9:09


Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific 76, Union 57

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

Lindbergh 67, St. Clair 46

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington 56, Lutheran South 54

Poplar Bluff 59, Borgia 49

Sullivan vs. Affton, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James 72, New Haven 21

*Union 49, Pacific 48

Friday, Dec. 19

Francis Howell 55, Washington 48

Sullivan Tournament

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia 62, Sullivan 35

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.


Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

*Conference Games