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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.

MasseyRatings.com Projection —

St. Clair 40, Washington 26.

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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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