Rockhurst and Blue Springs have combined to win six of the past 13 Missouri Class 6 state championships. The two powerhouse programs will play tonight at Rockhurst.
It may not be their only meeting of the season. The two teams have also faced each other in the playoffs eight times over the past 12 seasons.
Who will win tonight's potential playoff preview? That's where we start with this week's picks.
Last week's record: 5-1
Season record: 20-10
• Blue Springs (4-1) at Rockhurst (4-1)
Despite replacing all of its skill positions, Blue Springs has its offense rolling. But the pass defense has been a work in progress, which puts more onus on the defensive line tonight pressure Rockhurst senior quarterback T.J. Green, who threw four touchdowns last week.
Prediction: Blue Springs 28, Rockhurst 24
• St. Joseph LeBlond (4-1) at Smithville (4-1)
Smithville can essentially conquer St. Joseph with a win tonight. It defeated St. Joseph Benton and St. Joseph Lafayette the past two weeks, but St. Joseph LeBlond may be the town's best team. Smithville is looking for its fourth straight win.
Prediction: Smithville 34, St. Joseph LeBlond 28
• Kearney (5-0) at Winnetonka (3-2)
If Winnetonka wants to stay in the race for the Suburban Blue Conference crown, it needs a win against unbeaten Kearney. The Bulldogs are a gritty, physical team that relies on winning the battles at the line of scrimmage. And they have done so with regularity.
Prediction: Kearney 35, Winnetonka 21
• Lee's Summit North (1-4) at Raymore-Peculiar (3-2)
There are no easy weeks in the Suburban Gold Conference, perhaps the toughest league in the state. Lee's Summit North and Raymore-Peculiar are the conference’s only two teams that remain without a victory in league play.
Prediction: Raymore-Peculiar 27, Lee's Summit North 21
• East Buchanan (5-0) at Lawson (4-1)
Lawson has reeled off four straight victories since finishing on the wrong end of an opening-week blowout against Maryville. But the Cardinals' defense will be tested tonight. East Buchanan has scored at least 44 points in all five weeks.
Prediction: East Buchanan 38, Lawson 27
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