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Five things to take away from Week 3 of Missouri high school football

Updated: 2013-09-14T17:25:08Z

By SAM MCDOWELL

The Kansas City Star

There is a lot to wrap up from this week’s games, so let's get to it. Here are five things that stand out to me with Week 3 complete.

1. Missouri Class 5 football in Kansas City is brutal

Not much has changed from last season. You could argue the premier Class 5 teams in Kansas City are every bit as tough as the ones Class 6. I wouldn't disagree. I've penciled in Lee's Summit West as the team to beat in Class 5 — and its 3-0 start has done nothing to move me off that pick — but Fort Osage, Staley and Winnetonka are all legitimate threats to emerge from the Kansas City draw in the postseason. Fort Osage has allowed single-digit points in all three of its victories. And Staley and Winnetonka have rebounded nicely from opening-night losses to win two in a row. It's way too early to discount them as contenders.

2. Is there anything Fort Osage doesn't do well?

As was the case last season, it would be easy to write about the Indians defense almost every week. It's stacks up to any unit in metropolitan area. Even so, the story at Fort Osage has been running back Ezra Vaoifi, who ran for 551 yards in his first two games this fall. And now? Well, it appears first-year quarterback Skylar Thompson has decided to join the party. Against a Liberty North team intent on shutting down the run, Thompson threw four touchdown passes in a 41-7 win, including two to his emerging favorite target, Donte Dodson. "Those two have been playing together since they were this tall," said Fort Osage coach Ryan Schartz, extending his hand up to his waist. "He likes to throw the ball to Donte. That's a guy he already has that trust with."

3. North Kansas City can put up some points

Marcus Jones was the man who did everything for the North Kansas City offense last season. He accounted for 28 touchdowns on a team with a losing record. That isn't easy. So when he graduated in the spring, I must admit I didn't expect the Hornets to quickly replace him. Wrong. North Kansas City has opened up its passing game under first-year quarterback Bryce Graskemper, and, well, you be the judge. The Hornets trailed 31-6 against Raytown last night before storming back behind Graskemper's five touchdowns to win 34-31. North Kansas City, 2-1, has scored 123 points in three weeks.

4. The Suburban Blue Conference race is shaping up to be a good one

Three of the four suburban conferences are going to have battles for first place. None of them, however, will match the intrigue of the Suburban Blue Conference. Five of the six teams in the league have winning records through three weeks. Winnetonka, Kearney, Liberty North, Platte County and Grandview have all won two of their first three games. Winnetonka has an early edge considering both of its victories are in conference play, but a legitimate case could be made for any of the five teams. Me? I'll go with Winnetonka ... but I've been wrong before.

5. Lee's Summit West, Blue Springs may be game of the year

Blue Springs is ranked No. 1 in Class 6. Lee's Summit West is No. 1 in Class 5. The two teams played to an overtime thriller last season, a game Lee’s Summit West won 35-28. I'm not exactly going out on a limb by saying Friday’s matchup between the two powerhouse schools could be the game of the year on the Missouri side. The amount of athleticism on the field Friday will be insane. Blue Springs hasn't found the same footing it had in the rushing game a year ago, but quarterback Ian Brown is going to start forcing defenses off the line of scrimmage. That will open up more lanes for Dalvin Warmack. Lee's Summit West presents a more balanced attack, and wideout Monte Harrison may be the most talented receiver in the state.

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

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