What will the 2013 football season bring to our area teams?
We’re about to find out.
With temperatures flirting with triple digits this week, the high school and college seasons begin this weekend. It will be an exciting high school season, especially with new turf fields at Washington, Union and Owensville. All three fields really look great.
It’s difficult to get a read on who some of the top teams will be just because so many were hit hard by graduation.
One team that does have most of its players back from last season is Union.
Does that make the Wildcats the favorite to win the Four Rivers Conference? Maybe. They did finish last season strong after taking a few lumps early on.
We’ll find out a lot of about Union pretty quickly with its first five games against Poplar Bluff, Borgia, Sullivan, Pacific and St. Clair.
I always have the mind-set that until someone knocks off the defending champion, they have to be considered the team to beat.
In the FRC, that team is Sullivan. It will be interesting to see how returning all-state running back Justin Biermann is used this season.
It appears Biermann will be the starting quarterback for the Eagles. It’s certainly possible they’ll use him in a variety of ways in the double wing offense.
While St. Clair lost some talented seniors from a 10-2 team, the Bulldogs still have to be considered a contender.
Running back Skyler Hutchison will be a force to be reckoned with. If he stays healthy, the Bulldogs will make noise.
I haven’t seen the Hermann Bearcats yet, but I keep hearing good things. Could they be the surprise team this season?
Pacific has talent and is getting better. The Indians need to keep their best players healthy.
Washington has a chance to have a good season. Senior running back Kyle Summers is a beast. If he stays healthy and gets help on both sides of the ball, it could be a good season.
Borgia needs to have a good showing Friday at Owensville to build some momentum. The Knights have major tests against Union and Duchesne in weeks two and three.
Class 4 District 3, which includes Borgia, Union, St. Clair, Sullivan and Pacific, was loaded last season. This season may not be as strong, but it’s still solid.
Westminster should have a strong team this season. Ladue and Priory also are in the district.
In Washington’s Class 5 District 4 field, Camdenton and Lebanon will be strong again. Rolla looked decent at St. Clair’s jamboree. Waynesville always has the potential to be good. Smith-Cotton also is in the district.
While I’m encouraged by many of our high school teams, I wonder how things will go for the Missouri Tigers and the St. Louis Rams.
I’m hearing some local pundits predicting that the Rams will go 10-6. That would be great, but I think we’re still a year or two away from that.
The Rams are young and raw at a lot of positions. I’m not sure how good the depth is at quarterback, running back, linebacker and cornerback.
To make matters worse, the Rams play in the NFC West with San Francisco and Seattle, quite possibly the two best teams in the NFL.
I’d take the 49ers and Seahawks to win the Super Bowl, and you can have everyone else.
The good news is that Jeff Fisher knows how to build a team, and he’ll eventually build the Rams into a contender.
Speaking of tough competition, Mizzou better lace it up tight with another SEC season around the corner.
The Tigers should start the season 4-0, maybe 5-0, with games against Murray State, Toledo, Indiana, Arkansas State and Vanderbilt.
Then the SEC gauntlet begins with consecutive contests against Georgia, Florida and South Carolina. The Tigers also play Texas A&M later in the season.