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Posted: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 2:30 pm

With only two returning starters on both sides of the ball from last season’s 10-2 football team, last Friday’s home jamboree was a major benefit for St. Clair.

The Bulldogs competed against Helias Catholic, Rolla and Poplar Bluff.

Each team had 24 plays against the other, 12 on offense and 12 on defense.

“We’re about where I thought we were. We have a lot of guys who haven’t had a lot of game experience, and they played like it. There’s a lot of inexperience, a lot of kids who are real hesitant. We got a lot of paralysis by analysis going on. It’s very evident when you face teams like we faced,” said St. Clair Head Coach Cody McDowell. “When you have a team with two returning starters, you have a lot of kids who have to learn and grow up fast. We have to get a product on tape so these guys can see it. We have to see how we respond to live competition.”

Poplar Bluff was St. Clair’s first opponent.

On the Bulldogs’ second play from scrimmage, senior running back Skyler Hutchison raced 40 yards for a touchdown.

Hutchison saw a limited amount of playing time in the jamboree.

“There are certain kids who we don’t need to see much of, and Skyler is one of those kids. We know what he can do,” McDowell said. “We have a lot of holes to fill. We lost a good class. The main thing about that class is they played a lot of minutes on both sides of the ball. There’s a lot of things we have to see and fix.”

St. Clair then played against Helias and Poplar Bluff.

Helias returns 17 starters from last season’s team that lost to Webb City in the Class 4 state championship game.

Poplar Bluff, a team with good size, arrived late to the jamboree, but got things going after a few plays. The Mules visit Union in this week’s opener.

Competing for St. Clair’s starting quarterback job are juniors Collin Scott and Damon Arnold.

“Offensively, we’ll work on finishing plays. We have some mental mistakes going on. It’s an evaluation process for us all the way up to week one,” McDowell said. “We’re trying to see everyone we think are going to play a role for us on Friday nights. This was an evaluation process where we can get some tape on kids and see what they can do, who we can rely on and we can handle the load.”

Washington Preview

St. Clair kicks off the regular season Friday at home against Washington at 7 p.m.

The Blue Jays return three starters on offense and seven on defense from last year’s 6-5 team.

The Bulldogs won at Washington in last season’s opener, 35-24.

McDowell and Washington Head Coach Zach Schneider played football together at Central Methodist University.

“Zach and I are great friends. I hope he does well and I’m sure he hopes I do well,” McDowell said. “We’re both very competitive people and want to win. We’re friends through football. That’s what brought us together.”

The Bulldogs and Blue Jays are similar teams. Both will have a new quarterback this season after graduating their three-year starter.

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

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

“Both guys are tough players. Summers is a good player. He was all over the field for them last year,” McDowell said. “We game planned around him last year, and this year will be no different. He’s a hard-nosed, tough player and an athletic kid.”

Could it be another entertaining game, such as last year’s meeting?

“I hope so,” McDowell said. “I think we’re both in similar spots. They lost some kids, just like we did. We’ll see. It will come down to who can get going fast enough and jump out and play well early.”

MasseyRatings.com 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