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Posted: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 3:15 pm

One thing is certain following Friday night’s home jamboree.

The Borgia football Knights still have plenty of work to do before they’ll be ready for Friday’s season opener at Owensville.

As I told the kids, we will take the positives,” said Borgia Head Coach Dale Gildehaus. “There were a bunch of negatives. We’ll watch the film, take them in, learn from them and improve.”

The Knights visit the Dutchmen at their brand new facility with kickoff set for 7 p.m.

Owensville has installed a new turf field and the Dutchmen are going to be eager to open the season with a good showing against one of their longtime rivals.

While Borgia is coming off a 4-6 season, the Dutchmen of Dale Long have not won a game since 2011.

For Gildehaus and his staff, correcting mistakes from Friday’s jamboree will be of vital importance. The Knights have little time to prepare for their game at Owensville.

“We improved against Washington,” Gildehaus said. “We know we make mistakes and we know we’re very young.”

Borgia faced Cardinal Ritter, University City and Washington during action Friday night, which showed the team many areas it needs to improve to have success.

“It is early,” Gildehaus said. “This is only Week 2. Nobody is ready.

• Tackling — While the Knights were able to swarm to the ball, they did give up extra yardage while not wrapping up ball carriers.

• Turnovers — The Knights coughed up the ball at times, something Gildehaus said needs to be stopped if Borgia is going to have any success.

• Pass protection — Borgia struggled in protecting its quarterbacks during the jamboree. Multiple times Borgia quarterbacks had to duck under as several opposing players closed in for the sack.

“I thought at times we threw the ball very well, but our tackling was not good,” Gildehaus said. “We just missed a bunch of tackles. If we stay like that in Week 3 against Owensville, we’ll lose. If we improve on our tackling, we’re going to be competitive.”

There were positives. Borgia frequently bent, but did not break on defense. Sophomore Hunter Warmack scored a touchdown against Washington and junior Drake Raftery proved to be effective in running the ball from the quarterback position.

“We ran the ball well against Washington, but that was Washington,” Gildehaus said. “Everybody gets excited about that. But, what about University City? University City just spanked us and embarrassed us. They’re a very good football team and in our class. They just took it to us. That’s someone we have to compete against. Against Cardinal Ritter, we were just complacent. It took a bit for both teams to get into the flow of the game.”

Gildehaus said there were some players who did well on defense.

“I thought John Hanneken did a nice job in pursuit,” Gildehaus said. “Taylor Monzyk was good. Brendan Joyce did a nice job. There was a lot of standing up at the line, but there were a lot of positives.”

Quarterback Fight?

Raftery’s success at quarterback has ignited another quarterback controversy. Baylard is expected to be the starter, but Gildehaus won’t be shy in sending in replacements if the job isn’t getting done. Raftery is expected to be second into the fray.

“Right now, Justin is right there but Drake did some nice things,” Gildehaus said. “The good thing about that is that we have both of them along with Kelan Winters. Drake is putting pressure on Justin Baylard and it’s a great thing to have. The good thing is that we can put the other one into the backfield and have him throw as well, very similar to what Westran last year. They had two quarterbacks in the backfield. We’ll have to consider that package. Right now, Justin is still No. 1, but Drake is right there on his tail.”

Gildehaus said youngsters made an impression as well.

“I was pleased with my three sophomore linemen, Nathan Held, Noah Filla and Matt Brinkmann,” Gildehaus said. “They did a nice job. They’re going to make mistakes, but I love the energy they brought.”

Gildehaus also praised two running backs, junior Charlie Smith and senior Josh Kleekamp.

“I thought Charlie and Josh ran the ball very well,” Gildehaus said. “We’re going to have to have both of them there.”

Gildehaus feels good going into the season opener.

“I was very concerned after University City, but we bounced back and did some very nice things,” Gildehaus said.

There were no injuries of note, another positive sign.

“We got banged around a little bit,” Gildehaus said. “When you play good teams, you’ve got to expect to get hit. Right now, we played very nice. We were too nice. We were taking the hits instead of delivering them. That’s something we’ve got to work on this week.”

Owensville

Friday’s game in Gasconade County is setting up for a perfect storm. It’s the first game to be played on the new field and Owensville will be looking to break its yearlong drought in the win column against a team it has considered a rival.

“Owensville is going to play the game of their life against us,” Gildehaus said. “We’ve got to get ready to play the opponent at hand.”

The Dutchmen are coached by Dale Long and he has six assistant coaches this season.

Owensville has five offensive and seven defensive starters returning from last year’s team.

Jesse Lowder moves into the starting quarterback position and will operate in a pistol offense. The Dutchmen will try to run the ball effectively with Kiowa Wright, Matt Pohlmann and Nick Plocinski expected to be regulars in the backfield.

The Dutchmen will look to find Ben Angell and Chris Dolles when they do throw the ball.

The Dutchmen have always taken great pride on the line and look to dominate the line of scrimmage. Projected starters are Luke Jahnsen at center with Derek Dieckmann and Logan Shoemaker at the guards and Dalton Adams and Ryan Escalante at the tackle spots.

Escalante will be a player to watch on the defensive line after earning Missourian All-Area third-team honors last season.

Expect to see many of the Dutchmen starters playing both ways with many of the offensive standouts also shining on defense.

The Verdict — This game features two teams looking to erase the bad taste of last year’s struggles with many younger players trying to establish ownership of starting positions.

As Gildehaus often states, it’s going to come down to the team which makes the fewest mistakes coming away with victory.

MasseyRatings.com Projection — Borgia 48, Owensville 14.

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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 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

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 76, Union 57

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

Lindbergh 67, St. Clair 46

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington 56, Lutheran South 54

Poplar Bluff 59, Borgia 49

Sullivan vs. Affton, 7 p.m.

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

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James 72, New Haven 21

*Union 49, Pacific 48

Friday, Dec. 19

Francis Howell 55, Washington 48

Sullivan Tournament

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia 62, Sullivan 35

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.

Wrestling

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.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

*Conference Games

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