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Missouri high school football Week 1 state rankings released

Blue Springs head football coach Kelly Donohoe talked his players through a drill last month during the first day of high school football practice for Missouri high schools.
Blue Springs head football coach Kelly Donohoe talked his players through a drill last month during the first day of high school football practice for Missouri high schools. Special to the Star

After settling for a runner-up finish last fall, the Blue Springs Wildcats will open the football season Friday as the top-ranked team in Missouri Class 6.

Blue Springs, which will face Lee’s Summit, received all 15 first-place votes in the poll. The Missouri high school season begins Friday.

The 15-member media poll includes Sam McDowell, The Kansas City Star; Dion Clisso, PrepsKC; Dave Kvidahl, STLHighschoolsports.com; Jim Powers, High School Sports Caravan; Cameron Teague, The Columbia Tribune; Tom Rackers, Jefferson City News-Tribune; Mike Scott, Ozone Sports; Harrison Keegan, The Springfield News-Leader; Tim Leible, The Rolla Daily News; Thomas Huitt-Johnson, The St. Joseph News-Press; J.B Connoley, KRES radio; Chris Pobst, Sikeston Standard-Democrat; Matt King, The Daily Journal; Jason Peake, The Joplin Globe; and Josh Mlot, Southeast Missourian.

Here are the polls. First-place votes are in parenthesis. The records listed are the final 2016 records.

CLASS 6

1. Blue Springs (15) 12-2

2. CBC, 11-2

3. Rockhurst, 9-3

4. Kirkwood, 13-1

5. Park Hill, 6-4

6. Eureka, 10-2

7. Hazelwood Central, 11-1

8. Raymore-Peculiar, 6-5

9. Blue Springs South, 4-6

10. Francis Howell, 9-3

Also receiving votes: Jefferson City (6-5), Springfield Kickapoo (9-2), Lee’s Summit West (9-3)

CLASS 5

1. Vianney (15)

2. Fort Zumwalt North

3. Staley, 10-3

4. Battle, 12-1

5. Liberty, 7-4

6. Chaminade, 8-3

7. Carthage, 10-2

8. Glendale, 11-1

9. Fort Osage, 5-6

10. Park Hill South, 10-2

Also receiving votes: Ozark (8-3), William Chrisman (8-2), Jackson (8-3), Lebanon (7-4), Liberty North (4-7)

CLASS 4

1. Webb City (10), 9-4

2. Ladue (2), 12-2

3. Parkway North, 11-3

4. Carl Junction, 9-3

5. Kearney (2), 14-1

6. Hannibal, 10-3

7. Harrisonville (1), 12-3

8. MICDS, 9-3

9. Camdenton, 6-4

10. Raytown South, 6-5

Also receiving votes: Parkway Central (9-3), Jefferson City Helias (7-5), Platte County (8-4), Grain Valley (8-4)

CLASS 3

1. McCluer South-Berkley (8), 12-1

2. Maryville (6), 14-1

3. Miller Career, 10-3

4. Blair Oaks, 11-1

5. Center, 13-1

6. Owensville, 12-1

7. Park Hills Central, 11-2

8. Reeds Spring, 8-3

9. Monett (1), 14-1

T10. Orchard Farm, 8-3

T10. Southern Boone, 9-3

Also receiving votes: St. Charles West (7-5), Osage (9-2), Eldon (7-5), Oak Grove (5-6), Cassville (8-3)

CLASS 2

1. Lamar (14), 14-0

2. Trinity (1), 12-1

3. Mountain Grove, 10-2

4. Lutheran North, 9-3

5. Ava, 8-3

6. Centralia, 9-4

7. Mtn. View-Liberty, 12-1

8. South Callaway, 10-1

9. Cardinal Ritter, 5-5

10. Brentwood, 11-2

Also receiving votes: Lawson (11-3), Malden (11-1), Macon (11-1), Lexington (10-2), Strafford (3-7)

CLASS 1

1. Hamilton-Penney (13), 15-0

T2. Monroe City (2), 11-4

T2. Valle Catholic, 11-2

4. Marceline, 12-1

5. Thayer, 7-6

6. Lincoln, 13-1

7. Westran, 8-4

8. Cass-Midway, 11-2

9. Pierce City, 5-4

10. Lockwood, 9-3

Also receiving votes: Hayti (10-2), Wellington-Napoleon (10-2), Plattsburg (6-7), South Shelby (6-5)

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