Many questions remain as area high school football teams head into the second week of the season.
Most teams will be looking for redemption after falling in the opening game. Only four area teams, Washington, Borgia, St. James and Pacific were winners in the first week and even those squads have questions.
Washington and Borgia have quarterback controversies and each has two who could start this week.
Washington opens the new Rauch Field at Scanlan Stadium as it debuts the new artificial turf surface. The Blue Jays also are honoring their 1973 state championship squad.
Borgia at Union
While not a conference game, this one has all of the flavor of a rivalry game. Last year, as the St. Louis Rams Game of the Week, Borgia rolled to a 56-12 victory. However, by the end of the season, Union moved ahead of Borgia in the Class 4 District 3 standings.
For Borgia, the big question this week is who will start at quarterback for the Knights. Drake Raferty keyed Borgia’s second-half comeback at Owensville in a 26-6 win. Justin Baylard started that game.
For Union, the key will be controlling the line of scrimmage. The Wildcats were scorched by Poplar Bluff in a 31-14 defeat last week. Bi Nguyen ran for over 300 yards himself. Union has got to do a better job of stopping the run to have a chance.
MasseyRatings.com Projection: Borgia 29, Union 20
Timberland at Washington
A large crowd is expected a Washington will show off its new field and track with the 1973 team on hand.
Both the Blue Jays and the Wolves are coming off victories in the opening week.
Washington expects to use two quarterbacks again with Isaac Lippert and Christian Hardesty.
Kyle Summers rushed for 214 yards last week against St. Clair while Seth Bollmann had 151 receiving yards.
Timberland opened the season with a home win over Parkway West, 27-0.
The Wolves rely on a solid rushing attack. All four of their touchdowns last week came on the ground by four different players.
Bryce Becker rushed for 87 yards, including a 67-yard touchdown run.
Washington defeated Timberland last season, 25-7.
MasseyRatings.com Projection: Washington 34, Timberland 27
De Soto at St. Clair
St. Clair looks to bounce back from last week’s loss to Washington with another home contest against De Soto.
The Dragons lost their opener at Pacific, 28-21.
Five of the Bulldogs’ first six games are at home with the final three on the road.
St. Clair junior quarterback Collin Scott rushed for 139 yards and one touchdown and also threw for 124 yards and one score in the opener.
Running back Skyler Hutchison figures to be a big piece to the Bulldogs’ offense this week.
De Soto quarterback Garrett Keath threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another during last week’s opener.
St. Clair defeated De Soto last season, 55-13.
MasseyRatings.com Projection: St. Clair 41, De Soto 7
Pacific at Potosi
Shooting for its second straight win to start the season, Pacific hits the road to Potosi after last week’s victory over De Soto.
Playing in his first-ever varsity game last week, Pacific senior Tanner Brown rushed for two touchdowns and quarterback Eain Roberts ran for 81 yards and one score.
Linebacker Jeff Hinkle intercepted two passes, returning one for a touchdown, to give the Indians the lead for good.
Potosi lost its opener last week to Carnahan, 41-32.
Quarterback Aaron Vinson had three touchdown passes and running back Blaine Riddle rushed for 111 yards for the Trojans.
Potosi defeated Pacific last season, 13-6.
MasseyRatings.com Projection: Potosi 28, Pacific 21
Sullivan at Festus
What’s stronger, the Sullivan defense or Festus offense?
Fans will find out Friday night in Jefferson County as the Festus Tigers host Sullivan.
Festus is coming off a 70-27 thrashing of perennial power Farmington last Friday while Sullivan fell 3-0 to Park Hills Central.
Something will have to give in Friday’s game.
The Tigers did most of their damage on the ground, running for 497 yards in the win over Farmington. Corey Carr led the way with seven carries for 145 yards. Nathan Cummings ran for 93 yards and Travis Spraul and Austin Cook each picked up at least 70.
For Sullivan to have success, the Eagles need to continue playing strong defense and find some way to get Justin Biermann the ball in the broken field.
MasseyRatings.com Projection: Sullivan 34, Festus 0
Hermann at Cuba
After falling short last week against Montgomery County, Hermann looks to break into the win column at Cuba.
Bearcats quarterback Craig Winkelmann, the team’s primary rusher, had 130 yards on 17 carries last week. He also threw for 46 yards and a score.
Chris Hug and Saige Hale also are threats out of the backfield.
Cuba quarterback Nicholas Lemons rushed for three touchdowns last week in a loss to St. James.
MasseyRatings.com Projection: Hermann 32, Cuba 14
Owensville at Blair Oaks
Blair Oaks, a traditional Class 2 power, is looking to bounce back after losing to Moberly in Week 1, 48-18.
Meanwhile, the Dutchmen are looking to end a losing streak that goes back to 2011.
To have a chance, the Dutchmen have to find the same type of defensive effort they had against Borgia. Owensville not only held the Knights scoreless for over half, but also scored on a fumble recovery.
Owensville’s offense will have to find some way to sustain drives against the Falcons and push the ball into the end zone to have a chance.
MasseyRatings.com Projection: Blair Oaks 49, Owensville 7
St. James at Houston
St. James looks to improve as it visits Houston Friday night. Last year, the Tigers defeated Houston, 25-20, in a rescheduled game, to starting the season 2-0. St. James won just one more game the rest of the season.
In the win over Cuba, St. James got 123 rushing yards from Jesse Hays and three touchdowns from Braxton Ubben.
Houston is coming off a 48-16 loss to Salem, the 32nd consecutive time it has lost to Salem.
Houston had 220 yards of total offense in the game.
MasseyRatings.com Projection: Houston 21, St. James 20
Warrenton at Troy
Warrenton will be hoping for offensive improvement to go with its strong defense when it visits Troy Friday night.
The Warriors gave St. Dominic just 133 rushing yards last week and over half came on one play.
Troy gained 390 yards last week in a 40-26 win over Ft. Zumwalt South last week.
The Trojans won last year’s meeting, 35-19.
MasseyRatings.com Projection: Troy 36, Warrenton 14
Orchard Farm at Wright City
Both teams are looking for retribution after losing in the opening week. Wright City led Trinity at the half, but couldn’t hold on.
Orchard Farm rolled up over 500 yards of offense last week but lost.
Orchard Farm shut out Wright City last year, 36-0.
MasseyRatings.com Projection: Orchard Farm 28, Wright City 13