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Led by a kid who has thrown for 18 TDs in 3 weeks, here are the new Missouri prep rankings

Park Hill’s Billy Maples has been a touchdown-throwing machine this season.
Park Hill’s Billy Maples has been a touchdown-throwing machine this season.

Park Hill quarterback Billy Maples has 18 touchdowns this season ... in just three weeks.

Maples has the Trojans looking like a state-championship contender, and they’re one of the fastest movers in the weekly Missouri state media poll. He will be tested by an experienced Blue Springs defense Friday in a Suburban Gold Conference matchup.

Park Hill enters Friday night’s game ranked No. 2 in Missouri Class 6. Blue Springs is No. 3 in the same poll.

The 15-member media panel 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.

CLASS 6

1. Kirkwood (15), 3-0

2. Park Hill, 3-0

3. Blue Springs, 2-1

4. CBC, 2-1

5. Eureka, 3-0

6. Lee’s Summit West, 2-1

7. Rock Bridge, 3-0

8. Rockhurst, 2-1, 40

9. Lindbergh, 3-0, 20

T10. Francis Howell, 3-0

T10. Hazelwood Central, 2-1

Also receiving votes: Ritenour (3-0), Jefferson City (2-1), Lee’s Summit North (2-1)

CLASS 5

1. Vianney (12), 3-0

2. Staley (3), 3-0

3. Fort Zumwalt North, 3-0

4. Liberty, 3-0

5. Fort Osage, 3-0

6. Battle, 2-1

7. Chaminade, 2-1

8. William Chrisman, 3-0

9. Webster Groves, 3-0

10. Ozark, 2-1

Also receiving votes: Nixa (3-0), Carthage (1-2), Pattonville (1-2), Raytown (3-0)

CLASS 4

1. Webb City (15), 3-0

2. Carl Junction, 2-1

3. Kearney, 2-1

4. Parkway Central, 3-0

5. Hannibal, 2-1

6. Harrisonville, 2-1

7. MICDS, 2-1

8. Parkway North, 2-1

9. Platte County, 2-1

10. Raytown South, 2-1

Also receiving votes: West Plains (3-0), Camdenton (2-1), Grain Valley (2-1), Ladue (1-2), St. Mary’s (3-0)

CLASS 3

1. McCluer South-Berkeley (15), 2-0

2. Blair Oaks, 3-0

3. Park Hills Central, 3-0

4. Chillicothe, 3-0

5. Mt. Vernon, 3-0

6. Maryville, 2-1

T7. Center, 2-1

T7. Eldon, 3-0

9. Seneca, 3-0

10. Miller Career, 1-2

Also receiving votes: Cassville (2-1), Southern Boone (2-1), Monett (2-1), Lutheran St. Charles (3-0)

CLASS 2

1. Lamar (14), 3-0

2. Trinity (1), 2-0

3. Lutheran North, 3-0

4. Ava, 3-0

5. Mountain Grove, 2-1

6. Centralia, 3-0

7. South Callaway, 3-0

8. Brentwood, 3-0

9. Lexington, 3-0

10. Lathrop, 3-0

Also receiving votes: Cardinal Ritter (2-1), Caruthersville (2-1)

CLASS 1

1. Valle Catholic (12), 3-0

2. Monroe City (3), 3-0

3. Marceline, 3-0

4. Hamilton-Penney, 2-1

5. Lincoln, 3-0

6. Hayti, 3-0

7. Pierce City, 3-0

8. Westran, 3-0

9. Thayer, 2-1

10. Lockwood, 3-0

Also receiving votes: Wellington-Napoleon (3-0), Plattsburg (2-1

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