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Teams to beat: Football power rankings for the Missouri suburban conferences

Updated: 2013-09-12T20:16:29Z

By SAM McDOWELL

The Kansas City Star

Blue Springs, Lee's Summit West, Fort Osage and Liberty North top the Week 2 power rankings.

You might notice some of these look just a tad different than my preseason predictions. Oops.

Here's to second chances...

SUBURBAN GOLD CONFERENCE

1. Blue Springs (2-0, 0-0): Wildcats offense clicking entering Friday showdown with Rockhurst

2. Liberty (2-0, 1-0): Opened conference play with convincing 47-14 win against Raymore-Peculiar

3. Lee's Summit (2-0, 0-0): Tigers can put up points. Can they stop opponents from doing the same?

4. Blue Springs South (1-1, 0-0): Jaguars need solution to slow-starting offense. And fast.

5. Lee's Summit North (2-0, 0-0): One of early-season pleasant surprises faces test Friday in Liberty

6. Raymore-Peculiar (1-1,0-1): Seeking bounce-back game Friday against Blue Springs South

SUBURBAN RED CONFERENCE

1. Lee's Summit West (2-0, 1-0): Titans have been as impressive as any team in Missouri

2. Park Hill (1-1, 0-1): A distant second place, but Trojans are better than 2012

3. St. Joseph Central (1-1, 0-0): Rushing combo of Derek Gray, Jacob Kaiser is dangerous

4. Park Hill South (0-2, 0-0): Panthers' schedule eases up some over next three weeks

5. Ruskin (0-2, 0-0): Eagles have been outscored 77-6 over two weeks

6. Truman (0-2, 0-0): In Week 3, Patriots still searching for first points of the season

SUBURBAN WHITE CONFERENCE

1. Fort Osage (2-0, 0-0): Indians still playing physically dominating brand of football

2. Staley (1-1, 1-0): After loss to LS West, earned a bounce-back win against Raytown

3. North Kansas City (1-1, 1-0): Hornets can score with the best of them

4. Raytown (0-2, 0-0): Bluejays played Lee's Summit, Staley tough but came up empty

5. Belton (0-2, 0-0): Spread offense showing early-season signs of life but defense must improve

6. William Chrisman (0-2, 0-0): Doesn't get any easier for Bears with Friday's trip to Staley

7. Oak Park (0-2, 0-1): As was the case last year, Northmen need to play more physical

SUBURBAN BLUE CONFERENCE

1. Liberty North (2-0, 0-0): Eagles have posted back-to-back shutouts but will be tested Friday at Fort Osage

2. Winnetonka (1-1, 1-0): Griffins bounced back nicely for 41-27 win against Raytown South

3. Platte County (1-1, 0-0): Turnovers doomed Pirates in loss to St. Joseph last week

4. Kearney (1-1, 0-0): Offense putting up points but defense still searching for answers

5. Grandview (2-0, 0-0): Bulldogs can prove they're for real Friday when they host Winnetonka

6. Raytown South (0-2, 0-0): Cardinals need something positive Friday against Kearney

To reach Sam McDowell, send email to smcdowell@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/SamMcDowell11.

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