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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

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


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 at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

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

St. Clair vs. Lindbergh, 1 p.m.

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

Washington vs. Lutheran South, 4 p.m.

Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff, 5:30 p.m.

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

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

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 vs. Sullivan, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.


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