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Posted: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 8:45 am | Updated: 8:48 am, Wed Sep 25, 2013.

We’re about a month into the football season and getting a feel for who some of the top high school, college and professional teams appear to be.

It’s been somewhat of an unusual start to the high school season. Through four weeks, most teams in our area have at least two losses.

St. James has the best record at 3-1, but is not the best team in the area.

So who is the best team? Well, that’s up for debate.

At this point, you might have to give the nod to Sullivan. The Eagles have beaten St. Clair and Union over the last two weeks after opening the season with losses against two good teams, Festus and Park Hills Central.

Union, St. Clair and Hermann are Sullivan’s top challengers in the Four Rivers Conference. The fact that the Eagles already own wins over Union and St. Clair gives them the inside track to win the conference title. Hermann is better than most people think.

Borgia is 2-2 with one of its losses coming against Union. The Knights will get their chance against district rivals St. Clair and Sullivan later in the season.

How does Washington stack up against the FRC’s best? Hard to say. The Blue Jays have beaten St. Clair, but don’t play Union and Sullivan until next season.

While our area doesn’t have a dominant team, we sure do have some dominant players.

Washington’s Kyle Summers and Seth Bollmann, Union’s Blake Hulsey and Logan Bellamy, St. Clair’s Skyler Hutchison and Sullivan’s Justin Biermann are off to great starts.

As a first-year voter on the high school football state poll, I’ve spent a lot of time this season studying teams from across the state.

The top-ranked teams in Classes 5 and 6 met last week with Blue Springs (Class 6) edging Lee’s Summit West (Class 5), 42-35. By all accounts, both teams are very strong and the favorites to win their respective state titles.

Ft. Osage, Parkway Central and Kirkwood all are strong Class 5 teams.

Washington, a Class 5 team, is in a district that includes Camdenton and Lebanon. The Lakers and Yellowjackets both are good, but beatable teams.

In Class 4, Webb City and Bolivar are at the top of the rankings.

At this point, Westminster is the team to beat in our area Class 4 district. Ladue also is a team to keep an eye on.

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Missouri is off to a 3-0 start to the season, but let’s not get too excited yet. The Tigers were expected to win their first four games and really need to win their fifth game against Vanderbilt before facing the gauntlet of Georgia, Florida and South Carolina.

If Mizzou has a 6-2 record after the South Carolina game, you’ll have to be happy about that.

James Franklin and the offense is moving the ball pretty well, both through the air and on the ground.

We’ll see how things go once the Tigers compete against SEC teams.

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The St. Louis Rams’ performance Sunday at Dallas was about as bad as I can remember them playing.

It’s hard to single out one area because not one part of their game went well.

I’ve said it all summer, and I continue to say, the running game is a major concern.

Even when Daryl Richardson plays, which he didn’t at Dallas due to an injury, there hasn’t been much production.

Teams are going to rush four and drop seven, which is what the Cowboys did, making it awfully difficult to establish a passing game.

The defense was just as bad. There were wide open receivers, no pressure on Tony Romo and DeMarco Murray ran wild.

And what about special teams? Anytime the Rams returned a punt, you can bet there was a penalty to go with it.

As bad as the Rams were, they have a golden opportunity in front of them Thursday.

It would be huge if the Rams sent the 49ers to a 1-3 record. That will be easier said than done. If things go the same for the Rams, it will be another ugly outcome.

/sports

Area Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Rock Bridge 79, Northwest 27

^Lutheran South 76, Hillsboro 43

Owensville 41, Hermann 40

St. James 80, Montgomery County 39

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Jackson 65, Pacific 44

^Borgia 82,  Union 61

~Warrenton vs. Chamois    6 p.m.

^Washington 49, St. Clair 45 (OT)

~Wright City vs. New Haven    7:30 p.m.

*Bethel at Crosspoint    7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

^Northwest vs. Hillsboro   5:30 p.m.

~Warrenton-Chamois loser vs. Wright City-New Haven loser    6 p.m.

~Warrenton-Chamois winner vs. Wright City-New Haven winner    6 p.m.

^Union vs. St. Clair    7 p.m.

~Hermann-Owensville loser vs. Montgomery Co-St. James loser    7:30 p.m.

~Hermann-Owensville winner vs. Montgomery Co-St. James winner    7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge vs. Lutheran South    5:30 p.m.

^Borgia vs. Washington    7 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

^Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

~Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

^Consolation    4 p.m.

~Consolation    4 p.m.

^Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

~Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

^Championship    7 p.m.

~Championship    7 p.m.

%Washington Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament

^Union Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Girls Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Holt 60, Pacific 57

^Warrenton 42, Union 40

~Owensville 64,  Montgomery Co 32

Borgia 62, Cardinal Ritter 41

^St. Clair 64, Lutheran South 45

~Hermann 57, Wright City 26

Washington 74, Wentzville Liberty 19

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Fulton SA at Barat    4:30 p.m.

~New Haven vs. Montgomery Co    6 p.m.

*Bethel at Crosspoint    6:15 p.m.

~Hermann vs. Wright City    7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

^Pacific vs. Union    4 p.m.

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    5 p.m.

^Wentzvillr Liberty vs. Lutheran South     5:30 p.m.

~Owensville vs. New Haven    6 p.m.

^Holt vs. Warrenton    7 p.m.

~Hermann vs. Chamois    7:30 p.m.

^Washington vs. St. Clair    8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

*Borgia at Notre Dame    6:45 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game    4 p.m.

~Consolation    5 p.m.

^Consolation    5:30 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    6 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    6 p.m.

~Third-place game    6:30 p.m.

^Third-place game    7 p.m.

~Championship    8 p.m.

^Championship    8:30 p.m.

@Union Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament

^Washington Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Wrestling

Tuesday, Jan. 27

*Pacific 42, St. Clair 33

Borgia at Helias Tri-Meet    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Union at Farmington/Summit    5 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James/Owensville    5:30 p.m.

Washington at Seckman    6 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    TBA

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at Potosi/Festus    5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    9 a.m.

Girls Swimming

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Timberland 140, Washington 96, Ft. Zumwalt East 87

Thursday, Jan. 22

Oakville 120, Washington 115, University City 9, Mehlville 6

Saturday, Jan. 24

Washington 91, Borgia 80

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Washington at St. Charles West    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Washington at Affton/Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic    8:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

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