1. Blue Springs
Last week: defeated Lee's Summit West 42-35
It's a scary thought, but after avenging their only loss of 2012 the Wildcats look even better than they were last season.
2. Lee's Summit
Last week: defeated Liberty 31-28
The Tigers surpassed last season's win total when Travis Simonin booted a game-winning field goal against Liberty.
Last week: lost to Lee's Summit 31-28
After suffering their first loss, Liberty travels to take on unbeaten Blue Springs.
4. Blue Springs South
Last week: defeated Staley 23-20
The Jaguars have rebound nicely from a Week 2 loss to Fort Osage, eking out back-to-back three-point wins.
5. Lee's Summit North
Last week: lost to Winnetonka 38-34
Riding a two-game losing streak, the Broncos' schedule gets even tougher with games against Lee's Summit West and Blue Springs the next two weeks.
Last week: defeated Columbia Rock Bridge 31-21
Every team in the Gold Conference is .500 or better. The Panthers can move up the conference ladder by defeating Lee's Summit.
1. Lee's Summit West
Last week: lost to Blue Springs 42-35
Despite a loss to defending Missouri Class 6 champion Blue Springs, the Titans remain the team to beat in Class 5.
2. Park Hill
Last week: defeated Truman 49-14
After a two-game losing streak in Weeks 2-3, the schedule shapes up nicely for Park Hill to build a winning streak.
3. Park Hill South
Last week: defeated Ruskin 51-6
The offense is starting to move the ball with more consistency, but the Panthers must cut down on the turnovers they suffered against Grandview.
4. St. Joseph Central
Last week: lost to Raytown South 26-24
The Indians' offense has struggled to find consistency with quarterback Jacob Kaiser throwing three interceptions last Friday.
Last week: lost to Park Hill South 51-6
It's set to be a long season for the Eagles, who were blown out for the fourth consecutive game.
Last week: lost to Park Hill 49-14
The Patriots had their most successful week of the season, but it isn't translating to victories yet.
1. Fort Osage
Last week: defeated Oak Park 77-7
For whatever reason, the Indians' 4-0 start to the season has flown primarily under the radar.
Last week: lost to Blue Springs South 23-20
A usually reliable defense faltered in the fourth quarter, allowing 20 points in the final 12 minutes.
3. North Kansas City
Last week: defeated Belton 57-44
The Hornets can put up points with just about any other team, but can they stop opponents from doing the same?
Last week: defeated William Chrisman 62-0
The Bluejays picked up their first win a week after letting one slip away in North Kansas City.
Last week: lost to North Kansas City 57-44
First-year coach Todd Vaughn's offense is starting to come together. The Pirates have scored 99 points in the last two games.
6. William Chrisman
Last week: lost to Raytown 62-0
The Bears are searching for answers after being outscored 123-0 in the last two games.
7. Oak Park
The Northmen haven't stopped anybody. They have allowed nearly 60 points per game.
Last week: defeated Lee's Summit North 38-34
The Griffins climbed out of an early hole once again last Friday. They have erased double-digit deficits in consecutive weeks.
2. Platte County
Last week: defeated Grandview 27-19
Don't look now, but the Pirates are in the mix for a second straight conference championship.
Last week: defeated Liberty North 26-25
The Bulldogs will need another big game from tailback Brock Broughton on Friday against Platte County.
4. Liberty North
Last week: lost to Kearney 26-25
Holding a two-game losing streak, the Eagles are in the midst of a stretch that includes four straight conference games.
Last week: lost to Platte County 27-19
The Bulldogs seem to play close games every week, and a game with Park Hill South shouldn't be any different.
6. Raytown South
Last week: defeated St. Joseph Central 26-24
The Cardinals may finally have some momentum after a much-needed comeback victory over St. Joseph Central.
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