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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

Football

Friday, Aug. 22

Hermann at Montgomery Co    7:30 p.m.

St. Dominic at Warrenton    7:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Washington    8 p.m.

Owensville at Borgia    8 p.m.

Union at Parkway West    8 p.m.

Pacific at De Soto    8 p.m.

Sullivan at Park Hills Central    8 p.m.

St. James at Cuba    8 p.m.

Trinity at Wright City    8 p.m.

Volleyball

Friday, Aug. 22

@ECC vs. Neosho    11 a.m.

Washington at Marquette    4:45 p.m.

@ECC vs. Labette    5 p.m.

Crosspoint at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

Crosspoint vs. St. Louis Panthers    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 23

@ECC vs. Fort Scott    11 a.m.

@ECC vs. Pratt    5 p.m.

Sullivan at Windsor Tny    TBA

Monday, Aug. 25

Steelville at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Hermann at Montgomery Co    6 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 26

Pacific at Seckman    4:15 p.m.

Union at Potosi    5 p.m.

Washington at Francis Howell C    5 p.m.

Pacific at Farmington    5 p.m.

New Haven at Cuba    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Bourbon    5:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    5:30 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Central Methodist JV at ECC    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Potosi at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Notre Dame at Borgia, 5 p.m.

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

Battle at Union    5:30 p.m.

Hermann at Jefferson City    5:30 p.m.

Belle at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

Linn at Owensville    6 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    5 p.m.

Softball

Friday, Aug. 22

Rolla at St. James    7 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 23

New Haven Tournament    8 a.m.

Lutheran South at Sullivan    10 a.m.

Union Tournament

Union Sports Complex

G1 Washington vs. St. Clair, North Field, 8 a.m.

G2 Pacific vs. Liberty, South Field, 8 a.m.

G3 Union vs. Farmington, North Field, 9:40 a.m.

G4 Borgia vs. Park Hills Central, South Field, 9:40 a.m.

G5 G1 loser vs. G2 loser, North Field, 11:20 a.m.

G6 G3 loser vs. G4 loser, South Field, 11:20 a.m.

G7 G1 winner vs. G2 winner, North Field, 1 p.m.

G8 G3 winner vs. G4 winner, South Field, 1 p.m.

Consolation — G5 winner vs. G6 winner, North Field, 2:40 p.m.

Seventh Place — G5 loser vs. G6 loser, South Field, 2:40 p.m.

Championship — G7 winner vs. G8 winner, North Field, 4:20 p.m.

Third Place — G7 loser vs. G8 loser, South Field, 4:20 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 25

*Notre Dame at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

Rolla at Union    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    4:30 p.m.

Belle at Owensville    5 p.m.

Sullivan at Westminster Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Aug. 26

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

Warrenton at Union    4:30 p.m.

Duchesne at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

Steelville at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

Vienna at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Wright City at St. Clair    5 p.m.

New Bloomfield at New Haven    5 p.m.

Hermann at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

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

Bourbon at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Linn    4:30 p.m.

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

Friday, Aug. 29

Pacific at Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

New Haven at Wellsville    4:30 p.m.

Belle at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Battle Tny    TBA

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Battle Tny    TBA

Boys Soccer

Friday, Aug. 22

Crosspoint at ER    4:30 p.m.

Festus at Union    PPD, Rescheduled for Oct. 13

#Washington vs. Seckman, Northwest    7 p.m.

Fulton SA at Rock Bridge Tny    TBA

Saturday, Aug. 23

#Washington at Rockwood Summit    Noon

Fulton SA at Rock Bridge Tny    TBA

Sunday, Aug. 24

Heartland at ECC    1 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 26

*Union at St. James    5 p.m.

St. Clair at Fredericktown    5 p.m.

Pacific at Hillsboro    5 p.m.

Sullivan at SLUH    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Union    7 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Union at De Soto    5 p.m.

Pacific at North County    5 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5 p.m.

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:15 p.m.

Washington at Pky W/Northwest Tny    TBA

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

ECC at McKendree JV    7 p.m.

Washington at Pky W/Northwest Tny    TBA

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Pky W/Northwest Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Friday, Aug. 22

Sullivan at Fleet Feet Inv    4 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia at Parkway Central Inv    TBA

Friday, Aug. 29

St. Clair at First Capitol Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Lafayette Inv    9 a.m.

Girls Golf

Monday, Aug. 25

Washington at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 26

Washington at Troy    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

*Borgia at Kennedy    TBA

Boys Swimming

Friday, Aug. 29

Borgia, Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E Inv    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

@Fort Scott Tournament

#Parkway West/Northwest Tournament

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