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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

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Area Scoreboard

Football

Friday, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S 56, Washington 7

Borgia 42, Cardinal Ritter 6

*Union 55, St. Clair 35

*Sullivan 27, Pacific 10

Owensville 19, Hermann 16

St. James 28, Ash Grove 7

Brentwood 41, Cuba 24

*St. Charles West 49, Warrenton 7

South Callaway 55, Wright City 6

Friday, Sept. 12

*Ft. Zumwalt North 49, Washington 0

*Borgia 35, St. Dominic 0

*Union 27, Pacific 19

*Sullivan 47, St. Clair 21

Hermann 65, Wentzville Liberty 7

*Owensville 29, St. James 28 (OT)

Cuba 22, Windsor 6

*Warrenton 14, St. Charles 6

*Bowling Green 55, Wright City 0

Friday, Sept. 5

Warrenton 14, Washington 6

Borgia 13, Maplewood-Richmond Heights 0 (forfeit)

*Union 32, Sullivan 19

*Pacific 20, St. Clair 18

*Hermann 52, St. James 20

Owensville 35, Cuba 8

*Wright City 36, Montgomery Co. 0

Friday, Aug. 29

Sullivan 30, Washington 8

Borgia 56, Union 13

Ozark 41, St. Clair 0

Potosi 34, Pacific 13

Hermann 54, Cuba 12

Blair Oaks 42, Owensville 0

St. James 36, Houston 18

Warrenton 28, Troy 0

Orchard Farm 36, Wright City 18

Friday, Aug. 22

Washington 26, St. Clair 21

Borgia 48, Owensville 12

Parkway West 49, Union 39

Pacific 28, De Soto 20

Park Hills Central 34, Sullivan 27

St. James 12, Cuba 6

Hermann 61, Montgomery Co 12

Warrenton 26, St. Dominic 23

Trinity 28, Wright City 24

Softball

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at Notre Dame    4:30 p.m.

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

*Union at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Warrenton    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Northwest    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Dominic at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

*Union at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

South Callaway at New Haven    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

St. James Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

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

Union at North County    4:30 p.m.

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Principia at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Hermann at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Bourbon    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Borgia at Duchesne    4:30 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Volleyball

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Sullivan at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

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

*New Haven at Union    5:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Duchesne    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at Owensville    5 p.m.

*Union at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    5:15 p.m.

Providence at Crosspoint    7:15 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 20

New Haven Round Robin    9 a.m.

ECC at Wentworth    1 p.m.

ECC vs. Graceland JV (Wentworth)    3 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

St. Clair at Seckman Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

St. Clair at Salem    5 p.m.

Bourbon at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Dixon at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

Cuba at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at Bethel    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint vs. Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Sept. 16

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

Tolton Catholic at Borgia    5:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

*St. Louis at ECC    4:30 p.m.

Union at Affton    5 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at St. James    5 p.m.

Dixon at Sullivan    5 p.m.

Borgia at Trinity    6:15 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

Tolton at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    10 a.m.

Crowder at ECC    2 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 22

Hillsboro at Union    5 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    4:30 p.m.

North County at Union    5 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    5 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:15 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Thursday, Sept. 18

St. Clair at Lutheran North    4 p.m.

New Haven, St. James at Steelville Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Festus Inv.    9 a.m.

Hermann at Fulton Inv    9 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 25

Washington at Rolla Inv    4 p.m.

Union, Owensville, St. James at Belle Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 27

Hancock Inv    8:30 a.m.

Pacific at Viburnum Inv    10:30 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

St. Clair at Elsberry Inv    4 p.m.

St. James at Dixon    4 p.m.

Girls Golf

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at St. Dominic    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    3:30 p.m.

Borgia at AAA Meet, Lutheran SC    TBA

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Washington at GAC Central Meet    TBA

Thursday, Sept. 25

*Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming

Saturday, Sept. 20

Borgia at Ft. Zumwalt W    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

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