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Posted: Friday, August 30, 2013 11:06 pm | Updated: 12:44 am, Sat Aug 31, 2013.

UNION — After watching the renovation project at Stierberger Stadium all summer long, the Union Wildcats finally got to play on the new turf field.

However, with a 31-14 loss to Poplar Bluff Friday night, that first win will have to wait for another day.

Poplar Bluff (1-0) knocked off Union (0-1) in the season opener for the second consecutive year.

Union’s offensive highlights came in the third quarter on a pair of touchdowns by junior quarterback Blake Hulsey. Hulsey also scored a two-point conversion.

The Mules were able to exploit Union’s weaknesses both on the ground and through the air. And Union didn’t help itself either with penalties and turnovers at inopportune times.

After both teams struggled early, Poplar Bluff struck first. Sophomore quarterback Kameron Misner spotted fellow sophomore Tristen Francisco open on the left side and hit him for what turned into an 84-yard touchdown. Collin Jones kicked the extra point and Poplar Bluff led 7-0.

After another Union punt to midfield, the Mules drove down the field to score on a one-yard run by Misner as he followed the pile into the end zone with 2:51 to play in the first quarter. Jones kicked the extra point and the first quarter ended with Poplar Bluff holding a 14-0 lead.

After another Union punt and penalty at the end of the play, the Mules went for glory on a pass play, but junior Logan Bellamy picked off Misner’s pass in the end zone.

That started Union’s longest drive of the half, but Union hurt itself multiple times in Poplar Bluff territory. A holding penalty set Union back far enough that a pass interference call gave Union third and less than a yard. However, the Wildcats moved and were penalized. On the next play, Hulsey fumbled the ball away.

Bi Nguyen, who did everything but score on the ground in the first half, rambled 68 yards down inside the Union 10. There, Jake Pulliam finished off the drive on a one-yard run with 7:08 to play in the half. Jones kicked the extra point and it was 21-0. That’s how the half ended.

Union received the kickoff to start the second half and drove right down the field. Hulsey scored on a three-yard run with 9:15 to play in the third quarter. Ryan Schumaker booted the extra point, but another Union penalty forced the play to be repeated. This time, the kick was no good.

Poplar Bluff struck back quickly and Nguyen was rewarded by getting into the end zone on a one-yard run with 5:54 to play in the third quarter. Jones kicked the extra point to make it 28-6.

The Wildcats marched down the field again. The big play was a 50-yard pass from Hulsey to Bellamy, which set up Hulsey’s two-yard run with 1:56 left in the third quarter. Hulsey shrugged off the tackle attempt of Nick Joachim in the backfield before reaching the red turf of the end zone. Hulsey also ran for the two-point conversion to cut the Poplar Bluff lead to 28-14.

Poplar Bluff scored the final points of the game as Jones drilled a 28-yard field goal from the left hash with 9:06 to play. The contest bogged down after that.

Union stays at home next week, hosting the Borgia Knights (1-0) at Stierberger Stadium. Borgia defeated Owensville Friday, 26-6.

Box Score

PB 14-7-7-3=31

UNI 0-0-14-0=14

First Quarter

PB - Tristen Francisco 84 pass from Kameron Misner (Collin Jones kick), 7:42 Poplar Bluff 7, Union 0

PB - Misner 1 run (Jones kick), 2:51 Poplar Bluff 14, Union 0

Second Quarter

PB - Jake Pulliam 1 run (Jones kick), 7:08

Third Quarter

UNI - Blake Hulsey 3 run (kick failed), 9:15

PB - Bi Nguyen 1 run (Jones kick), 5:54

UNI - Hulsey 2 run (Hulsey run) 1:56

Fourth Quarter

PB - Jones 28 field goal, 9:06


Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


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 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Thursday, Dec. 18

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

%Washington vs. TBA    4 p.m.

%Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff    5:30 p.m.

%St. Clair vs. TBA    TBA

%Sullivan Shootout

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Pattonville vs. Farmington, 4 p.m.

Sullivan vs. Owensville, 5:30 p.m.

Principia vs. Pattonville, 7 p.m.

Borgia vs. Cuba, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

Sullivan Tournament    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.


Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Washington at Kennedy    6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Washington at Lindbergh    4 p.m.

*Conference Games

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