The Star’s high school football rankings were selected by the high school sports staff.
1. Blue Springs
Friday at Fort Osage
The Missouri Class 6 two-time defending champions have plenty of talent to make a run at another title.
2. Lee’s Summit West
Friday at Park Hill South
Brenner Clemons scored six touchdowns to help last year’s Missouri Class 5 champions open their Class 6 reign in style.
3. Shawnee Mission East
Sept. 5 at Gardner Edgerton
The Lancers return 16 starters after finishing second in Kansas Class 6A last season.
4. Fort Osage
Friday vs. Blue Springs
The Indians have lost only one regular-season game over the past three seasons.
5. Olathe North
Sept. 5 at Rogers Heritage (Ark.)
The Eagles have two Division I commits in tight end Josh Moore (Ohio State) and linebacker Marcel Spears (Iowa State).
Friday vs. Webb City
The Hawklets scored four first-quarter touchdowns in a dominating season-opening win against Rock Bridge.
7. Blue Valley
Sept. 5 at SM Northwest
The Tigers, who won the Kansas Class 5A title last year, will be tested as they make the jump to Class 6A.
8. Lee’s Summit
Friday at Columbia Hickman
The Tigers were 0-2 against Blue Springs last season and a perfect 10-0 against everyone else.
9. Blue Valley Northwest
Sept. 5 vs. Bishop Miege
If the Huskies can train their new offensive line, running back Miles Alexander should be poised for another big year.
10. Blue Valley West
Sept. 4 vs. Lawrence
The Jaguars have won back-to-back regional championships in Kansas Class 5A.
1. Bishop Miege
Sept. 5 at Blue Valley Northwest
Kansas commit Ryan Willis will lead the Stags’ move to Kansas Class 4A after a regional championship in 5A.
Friday at Liberty
The Bulldogs have dropped down to Missouri Class 4, where they’ve won three state titles in the last 12 years.
Sept. 5 vs. Lansing
Linebacker Colton Beebe will lead the Pirates in their quest for a fifth consecutive Kansas Class 4A district title.
4. Oak Grove
Friday vs. O’Hara
Tailback Aaron Graham scored three touchdowns on eight carries in a convincing season-opening win against Holden.
Sept. 5 vs. Spring Hill
The Panthers lost a lot of talent from last year’s sectional championship team, which went 11-2.