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Posted: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 8:45 am | Updated: 8:48 am, Wed Sep 25, 2013.

We’re about a month into the football season and getting a feel for who some of the top high school, college and professional teams appear to be.

It’s been somewhat of an unusual start to the high school season. Through four weeks, most teams in our area have at least two losses.

St. James has the best record at 3-1, but is not the best team in the area.

So who is the best team? Well, that’s up for debate.

At this point, you might have to give the nod to Sullivan. The Eagles have beaten St. Clair and Union over the last two weeks after opening the season with losses against two good teams, Festus and Park Hills Central.

Union, St. Clair and Hermann are Sullivan’s top challengers in the Four Rivers Conference. The fact that the Eagles already own wins over Union and St. Clair gives them the inside track to win the conference title. Hermann is better than most people think.

Borgia is 2-2 with one of its losses coming against Union. The Knights will get their chance against district rivals St. Clair and Sullivan later in the season.

How does Washington stack up against the FRC’s best? Hard to say. The Blue Jays have beaten St. Clair, but don’t play Union and Sullivan until next season.

While our area doesn’t have a dominant team, we sure do have some dominant players.

Washington’s Kyle Summers and Seth Bollmann, Union’s Blake Hulsey and Logan Bellamy, St. Clair’s Skyler Hutchison and Sullivan’s Justin Biermann are off to great starts.

As a first-year voter on the high school football state poll, I’ve spent a lot of time this season studying teams from across the state.

The top-ranked teams in Classes 5 and 6 met last week with Blue Springs (Class 6) edging Lee’s Summit West (Class 5), 42-35. By all accounts, both teams are very strong and the favorites to win their respective state titles.

Ft. Osage, Parkway Central and Kirkwood all are strong Class 5 teams.

Washington, a Class 5 team, is in a district that includes Camdenton and Lebanon. The Lakers and Yellowjackets both are good, but beatable teams.

In Class 4, Webb City and Bolivar are at the top of the rankings.

At this point, Westminster is the team to beat in our area Class 4 district. Ladue also is a team to keep an eye on.

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Missouri is off to a 3-0 start to the season, but let’s not get too excited yet. The Tigers were expected to win their first four games and really need to win their fifth game against Vanderbilt before facing the gauntlet of Georgia, Florida and South Carolina.

If Mizzou has a 6-2 record after the South Carolina game, you’ll have to be happy about that.

James Franklin and the offense is moving the ball pretty well, both through the air and on the ground.

We’ll see how things go once the Tigers compete against SEC teams.

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The St. Louis Rams’ performance Sunday at Dallas was about as bad as I can remember them playing.

It’s hard to single out one area because not one part of their game went well.

I’ve said it all summer, and I continue to say, the running game is a major concern.

Even when Daryl Richardson plays, which he didn’t at Dallas due to an injury, there hasn’t been much production.

Teams are going to rush four and drop seven, which is what the Cowboys did, making it awfully difficult to establish a passing game.

The defense was just as bad. There were wide open receivers, no pressure on Tony Romo and DeMarco Murray ran wild.

And what about special teams? Anytime the Rams returned a punt, you can bet there was a penalty to go with it.

As bad as the Rams were, they have a golden opportunity in front of them Thursday.

It would be huge if the Rams sent the 49ers to a 1-3 record. That will be easier said than done. If things go the same for the Rams, it will be another ugly outcome.

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Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North

Normandy

Carnahan

Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter

Pacific

Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1

CBC

Soldan

Washington

Pool 2

Borgia

North Tech

Union

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 vs. Normandy, 6 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter vs. Pacific, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation, noon

Gold Consolation — Soldan vs. Union, 1:30 p.m.

Gold Third Place — Washington vs. North Tech, 3 p.m.

Blue Third Place, 4:30 p.m.

Blue Championship, 6 p.m.

Gold Championship — CBC vs. Borgia, 7:30 p.m.

Blue Championship, 6 p.m.

Gold Championship, 7:30 p.m.

Boys Basketball

Tuesday, Nov. 25

New Haven at Belle    6 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 1

New Haven at Montgomery Co. Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Dec. 2

Festus at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

#St. Clair vs. St. Vincent    6 p.m.

New Haven at Montgomery Co. Tny    TBA

Wednesday, Dec. 3

#St. Clair vs. Jefferson    6 p.m.

New Haven at Montgomery Co. Tny    TBA

Thursday, Dec. 4

New Haven at Montgomery Co. Tny    TBA

Friday, Dec. 5

Washington at Union    7 p.m.

#Crystal City Tny    5/6:30/8 p.m.

New Haven at Montgomery Co. Tny    TBA

Girls Basketball

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Washington 61, St. Clair 49

Saturday, Nov. 29

@Pacific vs. North County    2 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 1

St. Louis Patriettes at Union    7 p.m.

&Pacific vs. Marquette    7 p.m.

St. Clair at Clayton Tny    TBA

New Haven at Montgomery Co Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Dec. 2

St. Clair at Clayton Tny    TBA

New Haven at Montgomery Co Tny    TBA

Wednesday, Dec. 3

&Pacific vs. Ft. Zumwalt West/Rosati-Kain    4/5:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Clayton Tny    TBA

New Haven at Montgomery Co Tny    TBA

Thursday, Dec. 4

St. Clair at Clayton Tny    TBA

New Haven at Montgomery Co Tny    TBA

Friday, Dec. 5

Washington at Union    7 p.m.

Pacific at Marquette Tny    TBA

New Haven at Montgomery Co Tny    TBA

Wrestling

Tuesday, Dec. 2

Washington at Owensville/Rolla    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 3

Union at Ladue    5 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 4

Union, Borgia at Washington    6 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 5

Washington, Pacific at Westminster Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Thursday, Dec. 4

Borgia at Burroughs    4 p.m.

*Conference Games

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