1. Blue Springs
Last week: Defeated Lee's Summit North 27-3
The Wildcats' defense doesn't get much respect, but holding Lee's Summit North tailback Josh Caldwell under 50 yards is noteworthy.
2. Lee's Summit
Last week: Defeated Blue Springs South 35-25
The Tigers were finally able to breathe easily, winning by double digits for the first time since Week 2.
Last week: Defeated Rockhurst 34-24
The Blue Jays ended a two-game losing streak, and with a game at Park Hill, the schedule sets up nicely to build on last Friday's triumph.
4. Blue Springs South
Last week: Lost to Lee's Summit 35-25
A trip to Blue Springs High usually is not a cure to end a losing streak. The Jaguars have lost four straight to their crosstown rival.
Last week: Defeated St. Joseph Central 17-12
A brutal two-week stretch awaits the Panthers, who travel to Lee's Summit West before returning home to face Blue Springs.
6. Lee's Summit North
Last week: Lost to Blue Springs 27-3
The Broncos' two wins to open the season seem like a long time ago now. They have scored only three points in each of their last two games.
1. Lee's Summit West
Last week: Defeated Park Hill South 41-21
The offense continues to roll for the Titans. That's six straight games with at least four touchdowns.
2. Park Hill South
Last week: Lost to Lee's Summit West 41-21
The Panthers are set to endure their most critical three-game stretch of the regular season. It begins Friday at St. Joseph Central.
3. Park Hill
Last week: Lost to Kearney 42-7
A potential shootout turned into a dud with the Trojans' offense not holding up to its end.
4. St. Joseph Central
Last week: Lost to Raymore-Peculiar 17-12
If the Indians are to get back in the race for the conference title, the next two games are the time to do it when they play host to Park Hill South and then Park Hill.
Last week: Defeated Truman 14-11
It wasn't necessarily pretty, but the Eagles picked up their first victory under coach Damon Fishback.
Last week: Lost to Ruskin 14-11
After losing a heartbreaker, Truman has another shot at its first victory Friday when it plays host to Marshall.
1. Fort Osage
Last week: Defeated Staley 15-12
A victory over Staley gives the Indians a leg up on claiming the Suburban White Conference crown.
Last week: Lost to Fort Osage 15-12
The Falcons don't need to look far for answers to last Friday's loss. They turned the ball over three times.
3. North Kansas City
Last week: Lost to Platte County 42-14
The schedule heats up for the Hornets, who will face Winnetonka, Fort Osage and Staley in the next three games.
Last week: Defeated Oak Park 55-10
The Bluejays are starting to figure some things out at the right time. They face crosstown rival Raytown South on Friday.
Last week: Defeated William Chrisman 49-14
The Pirates' offense is back. It rebounded from its worst night of the season and scored seven touchdowns last Friday.
6. William Chrisman
Last week: Lost to Belton 49-14
The Bears scored for the first time in three games, but they didn't put up a fight defensively.
7. Oak Park
Last week: Lost to Raytown 55-10
Looking for a silver lining? Here's one: The Northmen reached double digits for the first time in five games.
Last week: Defeated Liberty North 28-7
The Griffins' offense has been productive. And now their defense is starting to catch up, having allowed only 12 points in the last two games.
Last week: Defeated Park Hill 42-7
The Bulldogs are hitting their stride, but a trip to Staley on Friday will provide a true test.
3. Platte County
Last week: Defeated North Kansas City 42-14
The Pirates avoided a two-game losing streak by outscoring North Kansas City 28-0 in the fourth quarter.
4. Liberty North
Last week: Lost to Winnetonka 28-7
It has been feast or famine for the Eagles, who have played only one game within a 20-point margin.
Last week: Defeated Raytown South 27-21 (OT)
Tailback Jerel Alexander scored on an 11-yard run in overtime to end the Bulldogs' three-game losing streak.
6. Raytown South
Last week: Lost to Grandview 27-21 (OT)
It's never too late to turn the season around, but the Cardinals must find more consistency defensively.
| Sam McDowell, firstname.lastname@example.org