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Can Fort Osage upset Blue Springs? It's Week 2 of Missouri high school football

Twin brothers Khalil (left) and Carlos Davis are defensive tackles at Blue Springs High School.
Twin brothers Khalil (left) and Carlos Davis are defensive tackles at Blue Springs High School. The Kansas City Star

The most highly-touted matchup of the opening month takes place on the tall grass at Fort Osage on Friday. The Indians welcome two-time defending Missouri Class 6 champion Blue Springs to town.

That's where this week's picks will begin. I was 5-2 in the opening week, and, frankly, that's probably about as good as it's going to get this season. You've been warned.

On to Week 2...

• Blue Springs (1-0) at Fort Osage (1-0), 7 p.m.

I voted Blue Springs No. 1 in the Missouri Class 6 state media poll, and I have Fort Osage atop my Class 5 ballot. Until the Wildcats lose — which they haven't done since Sept. 14, 2012 — they're still the team to beat, regardless of class. But don’t expect a blowout.

Prediction: Blue Springs 28, Fort Osage 21

• Webb City (1-0) at Rockhurst (1-0), 7 p.m.

Webb City has won four straight Missouri Class 4 state championships, and it won last year's state title game without completing a pass. Seriously. Rockhurst opened the season by crushing Rock Bridge, a team many thought would contend for a trip to St. Louis in November.

Prediction: Rockhurst 28, Webb City 21

• O'Hara (1-0) at Oak Grove (1-0), 7 p.m.

An early season gem in Missouri Class 3 football. Oak Grove has lost only one regular season game in two years. O'Hara has a lot of talent back and rolled over a quality Richmond team last week. But this is Oak Grove.

Prediction: Oak Grove 28, O'Hara 24

• Raymore-Peculiar (1-0) at Staley (0-1), 7 p.m.

Both teams say they have improved from 2013, and they have the chance to prove it Friday. The key question Friday: Can Staley stack up against Raymore-Peculiar's experienced offensive line? I say yes.

Prediction: Staley 24, Raymore-Peculiar 20

• Kearney (1-0) at Liberty (0-1), 7 p.m.

The Kearney Bulldogs will be dangerous after dropping to Class 4 this season, but they open with three Class 5 opponents. Go figure. Liberty needs a bounce-back performance after a four-score loss to Lee's Summit West.

Prediction: Kearney 35, Liberty 24

• North Kansas City (0-1) at Belton (0-1), 7 p.m.

A pair of teams looking to avoid an 0-2 start meet Friday. Belton put up an honorable fight against Raymore-Peculiar. North Kansas City needs a better defensive showing after giving up 50 against St. Joseph Lafayette.

Prediction: North Kansas City 21, Belton 20

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