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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


Friday, Sept. 12

*Ft. Zumwalt North 49, Washington 0

*Borgia 35, St. Dominic 0

*Union 27, Pacific 19

*Sullivan 47, St. Clair 21

Hermann 65, Wentzville Liberty 7

*Owensville 29, St. James 28 (OT)

Cuba 22, Windsor 6

*Warrenton 14, St. Charles 6

*Bowling Green 55, Wright City 0

Friday, Sept. 5

Warrenton 14, Washington 6

Borgia 13, Maplewood-Richmond Heights 0 (forfeit)

*Union 32, Sullivan 19

*Pacific 20, St. Clair 18

*Hermann 52, St. James 20

Owensville 35, Cuba 8

*Wright City 36, Montgomery Co. 0

Friday, Aug. 29

Sullivan 30, Washington 8

Borgia 56, Union 13

Ozark 41, St. Clair 0

Potosi 34, Pacific 13

Hermann 54, Cuba 12

Blair Oaks 42, Owensville 0

St. James 36, Houston 18

Warrenton 28, Troy 0

Orchard Farm 36, Wright City 18

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


Monday, Sept. 8

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    4:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Windsor    4:30 p.m.

Hermann at Van-Far    4:30 p.m.

*Union at New Haven, 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

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

*St. James at Union    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

*New Haven at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

Borgia at Trinity    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 11

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

*Union at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Sullivan at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

*New Haven at St. James    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 12

Washington at Howell C Tny    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 13

Cuba Tournament    TBA

Washington at Howell C Tny    TBA

Pacific at Seckman Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 15

Silex at Union    4:30 p.m.

Potosi at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Wellsville at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

Newburg at Owensville    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at Notre Dame    4:30 p.m.

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

*Union at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.


Saturday, Sept. 6

Borgia Tournament

Blue Pool

Parkway West def. Hickman, 25-8, 25-12

Borgia def. Washington, 25-6, 25-15

Parkway West def. Washington, 25-19, 25-16

Borgia def. Hickman, 25-21, 25-10

Washington def. Hickman, 25-19, 25-11

Parkway West tied Borgia, 25-15, 22-25

Gold Pool

St. Dominic def. Francis Howell North, 25-14, 25-16

Lutheran South tied Jefferson City, 25-9, 22-25

St. Dominic def. Jefferson City, 25-7, 26-24

Lutheran South tied Francis Howell North, 24-26, 25-18

Jefferson City def. Francis Howell North, 25-9, 25-17

St. Dominic tied Lutheran South, 25-20, 22-25

Seventh Place - Francis Howell North def. Hickman, 25-15, 25-23

Fifth Place - Jefferson City def. Washington, 25-12, 25-20

Semifinal 1 - Lutheran South def. Parkway West, 25-22, 25-20

Semifinal 2 - Borgia def. St. Dominic, 26-24, 23-25, 25-22

Third Place - Parkway West def. St. Dominic, 25-17, 25-9

Championship - Borgia def. Lutheran South, 25-20, 23-25, 25-15

Owensville at Fulton Tny    8:30 a.m.

#ECC vs. Independence    9 a.m.

#ECC vs. Southeast    1 p.m.

St. Clair, Pacific, Sullivan at North County Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 8

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Fox at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Hillsboro at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Tolton at New Haven    6 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

Pacific at Rockwood Summit    4:15 p.m.

Crosspoint at Rivers of Life    5 p.m.

Washington at Owensville    5:30 p.m.

Montgomery Co at Union    5:30 p.m.

Rock Bridge at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Belle    5:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Kingston    6 p.m.

Crosspoint vs. Community Christian    6 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

*ECC at Mineral Area    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 11

Cuba at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    5 p.m.

New Haven at Centralia    5 p.m.

Park Hills Central at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Fatima    5:30 p.m.

*Rosati-Kain at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 12

Liberty Christian at Crosspoint    5 p.m.

Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

Hermann at Crossroads Inv    TBA

New Haven at SEMO Classic    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 13

Missouri Baptist JV at ECC    10 a.m.

Indian Hills at ECC    2 p.m.

Borgia at Springfield Classic    TBA

Union at Rockwood Summit Tny    TBA

Hermann at Crossroads Inv    TBA

New Haven at SEMO Classic    TBA

St. James at Cuba Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 15

Union at Cuba    5:30 p.m.

Hickman at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Potosi    5:30 p.m.

Montgomery Co at Owensville    5:30 p.m.

St. James at Licking    6 p.m.

ECC at Missouri Baptist JV    6 p.m.

New Haven at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Sullivan at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

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

*New Haven at Union    5:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Boys Soccer

Saturday, Sept. 6

St. Charles at Washington    11 a.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic Tny    TBA

Pacific Tournament    TBA

Sunday, Sept. 7

Blue River 3, East Central 1

Monday, Sept. 8

Christian Academy at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

Pacific at Washington    5 p.m.

*Sullivan at St. James    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

Sullivan at Valley Park    4 p.m.

*ECC at St. Charles    4 p.m.

Crosspoint at St. Louis United A    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Union    5 p.m.

St. Clair at Belle    5 p.m.

Mehlville at Pacific    5 p.m.

*Borgia at Duchesne    6:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

Washington at Warrenton    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 11

*Washington at Holt    4 p.m.

Windsor at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Festus    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Calvery Lutheran    5 p.m.

Borgia at Pacific    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 12

ECC at Oakton    4 p.m.

*Fulton SA at Eagle Ridge    4:30 p.m.

Dixon at St. James    5 p.m.

Crosspoint at Jefferson City Lightning    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 13

Washington at Helias    11 a.m.

Cape Central at Union    11 a.m.

ECC at Lake Co    3 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 15

*Sullivan at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Affton at Pacific    5 p.m.

St. James at Richland    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 16

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

Tolton Catholic at Borgia    5:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    6 p.m.

Cross Country

Tuesday, Sept. 9

Sullivan Invitational    4 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 11

Pacific, Sullivan at Steelville Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 13

Forest Park Inv    9 a.m.

New Haven, Hermann, Owensville at Linn Inv    9 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 15

St. James at Bourbon    4 p.m.

Girls Golf

Monday, Sept. 8

Washington at Timberland    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

*O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

Washington at Troy    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at St. Dominic    3:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming

Friday, Sept. 5

Washington at Oakville/CBC    4:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

Washington at Kennedy    5:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

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