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August 19, 2014

Blue Springs, Fort Osage top Missouri high school football preseason rankings

Blue Springs owns the top spot in Missouri Class 6 after back-to-back state championships. Fort Osage is ranked No. 1 in Class 5.

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The first installment of the Missouri high school football rankings were released today. The poll is compiled by a 15-member panel of sportswriters and broadcasters in the state, including yours truly.

The records listed are from last season, with first-place votes in parenthesis.

CLASS 6

1. Blue Springs (14), 14-0

2. Lee's Summit West, 13-1

3. Hazelwood Central (1), 12-1

4. Rock Bridge, 8-6

5. Lee's Summit, 10-2

6. Rockhurst, 5-5

7. Eureka, 11-2

8. Kirkwood, 9-2

9. Francis Howell, 8-3

10. CBC, 9-3

Also receiving votes: Jefferson City, 6-4; Fort Zumwalt West, 8-4; Raymore-Peculiar, 4-6; Lafayette, 9-3; Blue Springs South, 6-5

CLASS 5

T1. Fort Osage (7), 11-1

T1. Webster Groves (7), 9-5

3. Parkway Central (1), 13-2

4. Nixa, 9-2

T5. Jackson, 8-4

T5. Winnetonka, 8-3

7. Staley, 6-5

8. Willard, 8-3

T9. Liberty North, 9-5

T9. Camdenton, 10-2

Also receiving votes: Liberty, 7-4; Chaminade, 5-5; Battle, 5-3; Lebanon, 6-4; McCluer North, 6-5; Waynesville, 5-7; Ladue, 10-2; Park Hill, 3-7; Park Hill South, 6-5; Parkview, 5-6

CLASS 4

1. Webb City (15), 14-1

2. Helias, 12-3, 135

3. St. Charles West, 10-3

4. Carl Junction, 10-2

5. Kearney, 11-2

6. Festus, 8-3

7. Bolivar, 12-1

8. Miller Career, 11-1

9. Westminster, 10-3

T10. Cape Central, 9-5

T10. Moberly, 10-1

Also receiving votes: Union, 7-3; St. Joseph Lafayette, 7-5; Hillcrest, 7-4; Harrisonville, 6-4; Hannibal, 8-4; Hillsboro, 9-3

CLASS 3

1. Maryville (15), 15-0

2. John Burroughs, 11-1

3. Blair Oaks, 12-2

4. California, 12-2

5. Park Hills Central, 12-1

6. Mountain Grove, 10-2

7. Duchesne, 10-2

8. Oak Grove, 11-2

9. Cameron, 8-4

10. Ava, 7-5

Also receiving votes: Richmond, 7-4; McCluer South-Berkeley, 10-2; Centralia, 9-2; Aurora, 6-6; Reeds Spring, 9-2; Seneca, 11-4

CLASS 2

1. Lamar (15), 14-1

2. Strafford, 10-1

3. Mt. View-Liberty, 12-1

4. South Callaway, 10-2

5. Lutheran North, 9-5

6. Caruthersville, 10-2

7. East Buchanan, 9-3

T8. Lafayette County, 11-1

T8. Malden, 9-3

10. Lawson, 12-3

Also receiving votes: LeBlond, 6-6; Hermann, 6-5; Holden, 9-3; Lathrop, 9-2

CLASS 1

1. Valle Catholic (15), 15-0

2. Westran, 12-1

3. Penney, 7-2

4. Osceola, 12-2

5. Salisbury, 9-2

6. South Shelby, 7-5

7. Marionville, 10-3

8. Skyline, 7-4

9. Marceline, 11-4

10. Midway, 11-1

Also receiving votes: South Harrison, 8-3; Jasper, 11-1; Tipton, 4-6; Thayer, 7-5; Milan, 10-1; Wellington-Napoleon, 5-7

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

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