Here are five high school football games featuring 816 North area teams worth a second look:
By SAM MCDOWELL
The Kansas City Star
1. Fort Osage (5-0) at Staley (3-2)
Although Fort Osage reached the Missouri Class 5 championship game last season, it was Staley that won the Suburban White Conference regular season crown. Fast forward to this season, and the two teams once again meet with first place in the conference on the line. Fort Osage has held all five of its opponents to under 10 points.
2. Liberty North (3-2) at Winnetonka (4-1)
If Liberty North expects to compete for the Suburban Red Conference title, the Eagles must beat the big boys. Winnetonka certainly qualifies. The Griffins have won four straight and seem to have a knack for winning close games. The Liberty North defense has featured a split personality. The Eagles have posted three shutouts, but they allowed 68 points in their two defeats.
3. Rockhurst (2-3) at Liberty (3-2)
Two teams headed in opposite directions. Since opening the season with three straight losses, Rockhurst is buckling down defensively, a group led by linebacker Luke Arbanas, to produce back-to-back home victories. The Hawklets take their success on the road to Liberty, which was dominant during a 3-0 start before losing two straight.
4. Park Hill (3-2) at Kearney (4-1)
In an emotional triumph over Platte County last week, Kearney had its offense rolling. Tailback Brock Broughton is the player defenses watch closely, but quarterback Austin Hinck and receiver Zack Davis have created another prolific option. Speaking of offense, Park Hill is moving the chains at a brisk rate also, having scored 94 points in a two-game winning streak.
5. Lee's Summit West (4-1) at Park Hill South (3-2)
It has been feast or famine for Park Hill South. After two early uncompetitive losses, the Panthers have blown out their last three opponents. Lee's Summit West also has played in its fair share of blowouts. With an offense that includes wideout Monte Harrison and quarterback Thomas Ganaden, the Titans have scored at least 28 points each game.