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Posted: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 3:30 pm

Washington tuned up for the start of the high school football season with a jamboree last Friday at Borgia. Joining the Blue Jays and Knights were University City and Cardinal Ritter.

“We did some good things. There are a lot of things for us to improve and work on this week,” said Washington Head Coach Zach Schneider. “We’re where I thought we’d be. I’m content with where we are. We know what we need to work on.”

Washington returns three starters on offense and seven on defense from last season’s team that went 6-5, losing to Camdenton in the Class 5 District 4 semifinals.

The top returner is senior running back/linebacker Kyle Summers. Schneider said Summers had touchdown runs of 10 yards against University City and 35 yards against Borgia.

According to Schneider, the Blue Jays scored two touchdowns against University City and one against both Cardinal Ritter and Borgia.

“Offensively, we didn’t do too bad. We turned the ball over a couple of times near the goal line on an interception and a fumble. We also missed some open receivers on pass plays,” Schneider said. “Our line did a good job with run blocking. There’s some work to do with our pass protection. University City threw a lot of speed at us.”

The big question is who will replace three-year starter Luke Hasenjaeger at quarterback?

Schneider said there are as many as four options. The leading candidates are senior Christian Hardesty and junior Isaac Lippert. Junior Austin Finder also is in the mix, as is Summers.

Defensively, the Blue Jays saw both positives and negatives from the jamboree.

“We have more varsity experience on the defensive side of the ball compared to the offensive side. We did some good things at the jamboree,” Schneider said. “I was a little disappointed with our tackling, We didn’t finish like we need to. We seem to talk about that every year to start the season. We gave up too much over the top. University City hit three deep ones on us. We were right there on two of those, but didn’t make the play. We’ll really work on that this week. We can’t give up plays over the top.”

St. Clair Preview

Washington opens the regular season at St. Clair Friday at 7 p.m.

The Bulldogs return two starters on both sides of the ball from last year’s 10-2 team.

The Blue Jays lost at home to St. Clair in last season’s opener, 35-24.

Schneider and St. Clair Head Coach Cody McDowell played football together at Central Methodist University.

“Cody and I have known each other for quite a few years. We talked last Saturday night and might talk a couple of times this week leading up to the game,” Schneider said. “We probably won’t say much to each other after the game until a week or so when things die down a little. He was a defensive player and I was a quarterback, so we have different mentalities. We’re both very competitive and want to win this game.”

Schneider said Monday morning that he hasn’t decided who will start at quarterback for the Blue Jays. He said he’d rather not play a two-quarterback system, but anything is possible.

“Maybe I’ll make the decision Thursday night, but it might not be until Friday at 6:55 p.m.,” Schneider said.

The Blue Jays and Bulldogs are similar teams.

Both teams are led by a senior running back/linebacker who bring a physical style to the field.

Washington’s Summers and St. Clair’s Skyler Hutchison both wear No. 44 as well.

“Kyle might have a couple of inches height wise on Skyler, but other than that, they’re very similar,” Schneider said. “They’re both hard-nosed, tough kids who play hard. It will be a battle between them all night. Skyler probably will be in there for every play and Kyle will be close to every play.”

Both teams have many holes to fill from last year’s graduating class, including the quarterback position.

“Neither team has a lot of experience at quarterback. Both teams have questions on both sides of the ball. It boils down to which team best answers those questions,” Schneider said. “We have to take care of the ball. We held a 17-14 lead at halftime in last year’s game and couldn’t close it out. They made some plays, but we didn’t take care of the ball in the second half. Defensively, we can’t give up big plays.”

To try to beat the heat, the Blue Jays are having morning practices this week. Projection —

St. Clair 40, Washington 26.


Area Scoreboard

Area Sports Schedule

American Legion Baseball

Ninth District Senior Legion Tournament

Thursday, July 17

At Westhoff Park

G1 (1) West 11, (8) Pacific 1

G2 (4) St. Charles 17, (5) Elsberry 2

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G3 (3) Washington 4, (6) Wentzville 0

G4 (2) Daniel Boone 8, (7) St. Peters 2

Friday, July 18

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G5 Elsberry 8, Pacific 3

G6 St. Peters 9, Wentzville 1

At Westhoff Park

G7 St. Charles 4, West 1

G8 Daniel Boone 7, Washington 4

Saturday, July 19

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G9 Washington 9, Elsberry 4

G10 West 9, St. Peters 6

G12 West 14, Washington 1

At Westhoff Park

G11 St. Charles def. Daniel Boone (fft)

Sunday, July 20

Rest at Westhoff Park

G13 Championship — West 2, St. Charles 1 (13 innings)

Monday, July 21

G14 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 13, West 11

Zone 1 Senior Legion Tournament

At Lindenwood University, St. Charles

Thursday, July 24

G1 West 13, Daniel Boone Post 262 8

G2 Jefferson City Post 5 11, Hannibal Post 55 2

Friday, July 25

G3 West 11, St. Charles Post 312 1

G4 Daniel Boone 10, Hannibal 2

Saturday, July 26

G5 Jefferson City 9, West 2

G6 St. Charles 11, Daniel Boone 0

G7 West 6, St. Charles 2

Sunday, July 27

G8 Championship — West 11, Jefferson City 0

G9 If-Needed Game — Jefferson City 14, West 12

Jefferson City advances to state tournament in Sedalia.

Ninth District Junior Legion Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Union High School

G1 (1) Elsberry 3, (8) New Haven 0

At Ronsick Field

G4 (3) Washington 7, (6) Wentzville 1

G4 (2) Union 8, (7) Hannibal 1

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G2 (5) St. Peters 8, (4) St. Charles 6

Wednesday, July 9

At New Haven

G5 Wentzville 4, New Haven 0

G6 St. Charles 8, Hannibal 7 (9 innings)

At Ronsick Field

G7 St. Peters 5, Elsberry 2

G8 Washington 2, Union 1

Remainder at Ronsick Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 Union 7, Wentzville 1

G10 Elsberry 3, St. Charles 2

Friday, July 11

G11 Washington 12, St. Peters 11 (10 innings)

G12 Elsberry 6, Union 3

Saturday, July 12

G13 Elsberry 4, St. Peters 3

G14 Championship — Washington 3, Elsberry 1

Washington wins district, to host Zone 1 Tournament at Borgia. Schedule below.

Junior Legion Zone 1 Tournament

At Borgia

Thursday, June 17

G1 Elsberry Post 226 10, Chillicothe Post 25 2

Friday, June 18

G2 Washington Post 218 5, Elsberry 1

G3 Chillicothe 5, Elsberry 4

Saturday, June 19

G4 Championship — Washington 16, Chillicothe 0 (5 innings)

Washington advances to State Tournament in Jackson.

Junior Legion State Tournament

At Jackson

Thursday, July 24

G1 Jackson 3, Springfield Glendale 2

G2 Eureka 7, Sedalia 0

Friday, June 25

G3 Jackson 8, Washington 3

G4 Springfield Glendale 8, Sedalia 3

G5 Jackson 4, Eureka 2

G6 Washington 8, Springfield Glendale 0

Saturday, June 26

G7 Eureka 11, Washington 10 (9 innings)

G8 Championship — Jackson 7, Eureka 6

Jackson advances to Regional Tournament in Leavenworth, Kan.

Sunday, June 27

G9 If-Needed Game — G8 winner vs. G8 loser, 1 p.m.

Freshman Legion Ninth District Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Elsberry Legion Field

G1 (1) St. Charles 7, (8) St. Peters 0

G2 (4) Elsberry-Winfield 4, (5) Wentzville 3

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G3 (3) Hannibal 3, (6) Warrenton 2

G4 (2) Washington 10, (7) West 1

Wednesday, July 9

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G5 St. Peters 17, Warrenton 6

G6 Wentzville 5, West 4

At Elsberry Legion Field

G7 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 2

G8 Washington 3, Hannibal 0

Remainder at Elsberry Legion Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 St. Peters 11, Hannibal 9

G10 Elsberry-Winfield 13, Wentzville 4

Friday, July 11

G12 Elsberry-Winfield 8, St. Peters 3

G11 Washington 6, St. Charles 0, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 1

G14 Championship — St. Charles 5, Washington 2

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 2, Washington 0

Missouri Freshman

Legion State Tournament

At Rotary Recreational

Complex - Ronsick Field

Wednesday, July 16

G1 Creve Coeur Post 397 16, St. Robert Post 331 2

G2 Ste. Genevieve Post 150 4, St. Charles Post 312 0

G3 Jackson Post 158 1, vs. Springfield Glendale Merchants 0

G4 Washington Post 218 9, Eureka Post 177 4

Thursday, July 17

G5 Springfield Glendale 11, St. Robert 1 (St. Robert eliminated)

G6 St. Charles 10, Eureka 2 (Eureka eliminated)

G7 Ste. Genevieve 4, Creve Coeur 2

G8 Washington 12, Jackson 10

Friday, July 18

G9 Jackson 12, Springfield Glendale 0 (Springfield Glendale eliminated)

G10 Creve Coeur 8, St. Charles 3 (St. Charles eliminated)

G11 Ste. Genevieve 3, Washington 2

G12 Creve Coeur 11, Jackson 7 (Jackson eliminated)

Saturday, July 19

G13 Washington 8, Creve Coeur 3 (Creve Coeur eliminated)

G14 Championship—Washington 5, Ste. Genevieve 2

Sunday, July 20

G15 Championship Game 2—Washington 3, Ste. Genevieve 0

Great Midwest Football League

July 19

Missouri Cyclones 34, Illinois Justice 0

Swim Team Schedules

Washington Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Oaks Landing    Washington 192-100

6-16    Westglen    Washington 259-206

6-23    at Fox Creek    Washington 311-225

6-30    at Chadwick    Chadwick 264-258

7-7    Cherry Hills    Washington 291-140

7-11 at Division Meet, Westminster Christian First

Pacific Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    Lake of the Woods    LOtW 176-130

6-16    at Union    Union 289-220

6-23    Bridle Creek    Pacific 371-124

6-30    at Arbor Oaks    Pacific 282-241

7-7    at Indian Hills    Cancelled, weather

7-12    Division Meet    First

Union Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Arbor Oaks    Union 180-120

6-16    Pacific    Union 289-220

6-23    at Lake of the Woods    LoTW 312-201

6-30    Indian Hills    Union 322-275

7-7    Bridle Creek    PPD

7-12    at Division Meet, Pacific    Third

Pacific Diving Team

Date    Opponent    Time

6-14    at MAC West    MAC West 40-30

6-21    at Lindgate    Lindgate

6-28    at Cool Dell    9 a.m.

7-13    at Championships    8 a.m.

*Indicates League Games

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