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Posted: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 2:45 pm

Although his team scored just once in its jamboree, Union Head Coach Erick Webster is confident heading into the team’s season opener against Poplar Bluff on Friday.

The Wildcats traveled to Hillsboro for their jamboree Friday and competed against Farmington, MICDS and Lift for Life Academy.

Union scored on its first drive of the night against Farmington and were scored on once by each opponent.

“I’m so excited we got this started,” Webster said after the jamboree. “Our defense did a great job. Our defense really rallied, really got to the ball. They’ve done everything we’ve coached them to do and it’s fantastic to see them go against competition and get all of it done. Offensively, boy, we were explosive to start with and it’s great because we didn’t have that at all times last year. It’s so much fun for us to get explosive and to be going and to be rolling.”

Poplar Bluff

Union will host Poplar Bluff Friday at the newly renovated Stierberger Stadium.

The festivities open with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 6:30 p.m. and kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

“Every day it’s fun because I go out there and it’s like, ‘Holy smokes, that’s new, I haven’t seen that before!’ ” Webster said about the stadium. “I’ve been seeing it every day and I’m kind of excited to see when people see everything new, so it’s really cool for us.”

Poplar Bluff played in the St. Clair jamboree. Besides having plenty of size, reports indicated the Mules have a proficient offense and a sophomore quarterback.

Last year the Wildcats opened their season with a 33-0 loss at Poplar Bluff.

In his second year as the head coach, Webster expects Friday’s game against the Mules to be completely different.

“Last year we took a really young team down to an intimidating place to play and just flat-out didn’t perform,” Webster said. “This year it’s a totally different story because instead of going in as the young pups who were just trying to figure out where to line up, we’re trying to figure out how to attack them. It’s going to be a totally different story this year and I can’t imagine a better night for us to kind of kick off what we do in the completely renovated stadium. . .”

This week the Wildcats’ main focus will be getting into their weekly schedule of preparing for their Friday night opponent. Webster is unsure about what to expect from Poplar Bluff since it will be the season opener for both teams.

Union and Poplar Bluff finished with records of 5-5 last year.

Union will look to returning junior quarterback Blake Hulsey to run the offense, which returns many receivers from last season.

Union’s offense struggled against Poplar Bluff a year ago with Hulsey completing 16 of 32 passes for 140 yards. He threw three interceptions and also was sacked four times.

Hulsey threw for 1,892 yards and 16 touchdowns last season. The Wildcats’ also return junior wide receiver Logan Bellamy, who led the team with nine touchdowns in 2012, senior wide receiver Jacob Carman who scored six touchdowns, senior wide receiver Jake Siddens who scored four and senior wide receiver Jobie Richardson who scored two touchdowns.

Can the Wildcats open the renovated stadium with a victory? MasseyRatings.com seems to think so.

MasseyRatings.com Projection — Union 16, Poplar Bluff 14

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Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North

Normandy

Carnahan

Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter

Pacific

Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1

CBC

Soldan

Washington

Pool 2

Borgia

North Tech

Union

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.

Wrestling

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

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