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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.

/sports

Area Scoreboard

Area Sports Schedule

Baseball

Monday, April 14

Washington at Pacific, PPD

North County at St. Clair, PPD

Union 5, Waynesville 3

Tuesday, April 15

Borgia 4, Washington 2

Cuba 7, St. Clair 1

*Pacific 14, Owensville 0

Wednesday, April 16

Borgia 11, Kennedy 1

Lutheran S 6, Washington 0

Thursday, April 17

*Union 11, Owensville 1

*New Haven 5, St. Clair 4

*Pacific 5, St. James 4

Saturday, April 19

Union vs. Washington (at TR Hughes Ballpark), 12:30 p.m.

Girls Soccer

Monday, April 14

Washington 5, Borgia 3

*Union 12, St. James 0

*Sullivan 1, Owensville 0 (2 OT)

Tuesday, April 15

*Washington 2, Ft. Zumwalt East 0

*Union 10, Owensville 0

Thursday, April 17

*Washington 2, Ft. Zumwalt S 1 (PKs)

Union 10, North County 0

#St. Clair 3, Maplewood 1

Pacific at Troy Tny    TBA

Friday, April 18

Washington 2, Sullivan 1

#Ritenour 2, St. Clair 0

Saturday, April 19

#St. Clair vs. Cape Girardeau Central, 11 a.m. (fifth-place game)

Golf

Monday, April 14

*Washington 176, Holt 179 (medalist W-B. Carpenter 42)

Tuesday, April 15

Borgia 209, Kennedy 250 (medalist B-C. Voss 35)

*Pacific/Sullivan at St. Clair, 4 p.m.

*Hermann at Union, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, April 16

Wash at FZS Tny, TBA

Thursday, April 17

Warrenton Tny, 8 a.m.

Track and Field

Tuesday, April 15

Union Relays (Winners: B-Potosi 101; G-Washington 119)

Saturday, April 19

Washington at Kirkwood    TBA

Boys Volleyball

Wednesday, April 9

Duchesne def. Borgia, 25-19, 25-16

Thursday, April 10

Seckman def. Borgia, 25-15, 21-25, 25-13

College Softball

Wednesday, April 16

*ECC split with St. Charles

Thursday, April 17

*ECC split with St. Louis

*Conference Games

NCAA Men's Basketball News