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Kearney, Liberty North and other Missouri high school football picks for Week 3

Liberty North High School played Raytown on Friday evening, Aug. 22, 2014, at William Jewell College in Liberty. Raytown quarterback Joe Straws threw in the first half.
Liberty North High School played Raytown on Friday evening, Aug. 22, 2014, at William Jewell College in Liberty. Raytown quarterback Joe Straws threw in the first half. The Kansas City Star

Kearney travels to Liberty North on Friday in a battle of two unbeaten teams that have looked as impressive as just about anyone in the area.

I moved Kearney up to No. 2 in my Missouri Class 4 state poll this week. I voted Liberty North fifth in Class 5.

That's where I'll start with this week's picks.

Last week: 2-4

Season: 7-6

Better vibes for Week 3...

• Kearney (2-0) at Liberty North (2-0)

Kearney runs a shotgun offense, but coach Greg Jones is quick to emphasize that it still revolves around a power running game. The Bulldogs better keep it on the ground Friday, considering Liberty North has intercepted 10 passes in two weeks. Liberty North is yet to allow a point this season.

Prediction: Kearney 24, Liberty North 21

• Lee's Summit West (2-0) at Winnetonka (2-0)

Lee's Summit West has taken over the top spot in The Star's big-class poll, and with good reason. The Titans are efficient in the running game and the passing game, and they have plenty of speed on defense. Winnetonka needs another big game from tailback Marquise Doherty. Even that might not be enough.

Prediction: Lee's Summit West 31, Winnetonka 17

• Raytown (1-1) at Oak Park (1-1)

That's more like it. Raytown bounced back nicely from an ugly season-opening loss for a 47-6 trouncing of William Chrisman. Tailback Josh Drake is the real deal. But so is Oak Park running back Marquis Caldwell, who scored five times in a win against Grandview last week.

Prediction: Raytown 35, Oak Park 21

• Fort Osage (2-0) at Lee's Summit (2-0)

A week after Fort Osage scored a monumental win against Blue Springs, the schedule doesn't let it up much. Lee's Summit has scored 122 points in two weeks, and quarterback Drew Lock is looking like the early favorite for the Simone Award. But the Tigers will need a stronger defensive effort against Fort Osage and Skylar Thompson.

Prediction: Fort Osage 38, Lee's Summit 28

• West Platte (2-0) at East Buchanan (2-0)

The small-class game of the week takes place at East Buchanan. West Platte has outscored its first two opponents by a combined score of 86-13, but East Buchanan is ranked sixth in the Missouri Class 2 state poll, while West Platte remains unranked in Class 1. I'm feeling the upset.

Prediction: West Platte 35, East Buchanan 28

• Knob Noster (0-2) at Summit Christian Academy (0-2)

I'm throwing this game on here for one reason — Summit Christian Academy, in my opinion, will pick up its first varsity football win in program history this week. The Eagles are 0-2, but their two losses came by a combined six points.

Prediction: Summit Christian Academy 14, Knob Noster 12

To reach Sam McDowell, call 816-234-4869 or send email to smcdowell@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @SamMcDowell11.

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