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2011 final football rankings: Staley finishes at No. 1

November, 28, 2011
2011 Final Rankings

Staley has been around for just four years, but in two weeks, the Falcons cemented themselves in Missouri football lore.

In the Class 5 semifinals, Staley outlasted defending champ Lee's Summit West, 76-70, in an instant classic. Then, the Falcons completed an undefeated season by downing Kirkwood for its first state title. Trent Hosick and Morgan Steward continued their dominance on the ground by combining for 285 yards and five scores in the 35-21 win. And with this impressive effort, the Falcons can lay claim to the top spot in state rankings.

Just behind them is Blue Springs South, which had an equally impressive run to the Class 6 title. The Jaguars downed the defending champs in Class 5 (Lee's Summit West) and Class 6 (Rockhurst) before beating the state's top team, Christian Brothers College, 40-37 in the final.

Steven Sullivan (three rushing touchdowns) and Connor Harris (two scores, two interceptions) proved to be the difference, as the Jags (12-2) stopped CBC from completing its perfect season. Blue Springs South also beat CBC in 2006 for its first state crown.

History repeated itself (and was made) in the Class 4 final. Webb City and MICDS lit up the scoreboard for the most combined points (98) and yards (1,048), but Webb City outlasted the Rams for its second straight title.

Here's how the final rankings shake out (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. Staley (Kansas City) 14-0 (2)
The Falcons beat Kirkwood, 35-21, to win their first Class 5 title in the school's four-year existence.

2. Blue Springs South 12-2 (8)
The Jaguars beat previous No. 1 CBC, 40-37, to win their first Class 6 title since 2006.

3. CBC (St. Louis) 13-1 (1)
The Cadets' drive for a perfect season came up just short, as they fell, 40-37 to Blue Springs South in the Class 6 final.

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Christian Brothers College got good news and bad news this week. The good news is that the Cadets debuted in the POWERADE FAB 50 at No. 45, just in time for the Class 6 playoffs. The bad news is they will open the postseason against Hazelwood Central, which has eliminated CBC from the playoffs in each of the past two years.

This interesting draw was created by Hazelwood Central's 5-5 campaign, giving the Cadets the advantage going in. Plus, CBC is led by Dalton Demos, who threw for four more touchdowns in a 47-0 win against Parkway South.

While CBC keeps rising, previous No. 2 Jefferson City did a freefall out of the rankings and playoffs in the last two weeks. After downing Rockhurst, the Jays lost to Fort Zumwalt West and Hickman to eliminate themselves from postseason contention just weeks after many thought they could win the state title.

With the playoffs beginning, these are the final regular season rankings until our year-end rankings return after the postseason. Until then, stay tuned for playoff updates.

1. CBC (St. Louis) 10-0 (1)
The Cadets breezed past Parkway South, 47-0. They will host Hazelwood Central in the first round of the Class 6 playoffs.

2. Staley (North Kansas City) 10-0 (2)
The Falcons beat winless Oak Park, 43-14. They will have a bye in the first round of the Class 5 playoffs.

3. Rockhurst 9-1 (Kansas City) 9-1 (3)
The Hawklets beat Joplin. 38-7. Next up: Rock Bridge in the Class 6 playoffs.

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Slew of upsets shake up Week 9 Missouri football rankings

October, 24, 2011
Results as of Sunday, Oct. 23

When your team converts a 3rd-and-44 with a 50-yard completion, it's safe to say things are going your way.

And it was that type of night for Fort Zumwalt West during its big matchup against previous No. 2 Jefferson City this past Friday. Led by Drew Hare's 269 passing yards and two scores, the Jaguars mostly had their way against a typically stout Jays defense during a 49-21 win. Jefferson City tailback Devon Moore had 111 yards rushing but the Jays didn't get much else, as the Jaguars outgained the Jays, 427-226.

Webster Groves and DeSmet also took a tumble. In a 34-13 loss, Webster Groves couldn't find an answer for Parkway Central WR Brandon Shepherd (two touchdowns, one interception) or RB Alan Gasnali (152 yards, three scores). Meanwhile, DeSmet blew a 14-point third-quarter lead and fell to SLUH, 37-31 in double overtime. It didn't help that star athlete Durron Neal missed parts of the fourth quarter with a tweaked knee, but the Spartans' second loss of the season was enough to plummet them out of the top 10.

Here's how this week's rankings shake out (last week's ranking in parentheses):

1. CBC (St. Louis) 9-0 (1)
Cadets survived an upset bid and held off Lafayette (Wildwood), 16-7. Next up: Parkway South.

2. Staley (North Kansas City) 9-0 (3)
The Falcons keep rolling, beating St. Joseph Central by a score of 28-14. Next up: Oak Park.

3. Rockhurst (Kansas City) 8-1 (4)
The Hawklets put up a season high in points during a 71-10 win against Lee's Summit North. Next up: Joplin.

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Blue Springs takes rival's spot in Week 8 Missouri football rankings

October, 17, 2011
Results as of Saturday, Oct. 15

The score wasn't as high and it didn't end up being the first team to 42 points, as has been the case in recent years. But the battle between crosstown foes Blue Springs and Blue Springs South had plenty of what you would expect in an intense rivalry matchup.

This time, the underdog came through, as Blue Springs pulled out a 26-21 win. The outcome is quite the turnaround from the Wildcats' first two games, when they let Rockhurst and Staley run all over them. Against Blue Springs South, the Wildcats D held strong, limiting running back Steve Sullivan and quarterback Connor Harris as well as an offense that was averaging more than 40 points per game.

Deiondre Hall proved key, racking up 82 receiving yards and two touchdowns for Blue Springs, which held off a late comeback try by the Jaguars. With the win, the Wildcats re-enters the rankings at No. 10, but they can't get comfortable. Fort Zumwalt West has also rebounded from a slow start and faces a big matchup this week against No. 2 Jefferson City.

In other news, Dorial Green-Beckham had several familiar eyes watching him play this past week. Multiple sources have reported that Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino were in attendance as Hillcrest clinched its first Ozark Conference title in 10 years with a win against West Plains. DGB went for 116 yards and two touchdowns, leaving him just 253 yards from breaking the national career yards record of 5,867 set by Abram Booty (Shreveport, La./Evangel Christian) in 1996.

Nationally, Christian Brothers College is knocking on the POWERADE FAB 50 doorstep, receiving votes for the first time this season and giving Missouri a chance to re-enter a team into the rankings after Rockhurst fell out last week.

Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings are in parentheses):

1. CBC (St. Louis) 8-0 (1)
The Cadets won again, this time in a 51-7 decision against Marquette. Next up: Parkway South.

2. Jefferson City 8-0 (2)
In their first game as the state's second-ranked team, the Jays looked strong, beating Troy by the count of 38-3. Next up: Fort Zumwalt West.

3. Staley (North Kansas City) 8-0 (3)
The Falcons keep on rolling, beating Park Hill by the score of 31-7. Next up: Central.

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Rockhurst falls from top spot in Week 7 Missouri football rankings

October, 10, 2011
Results as of Saturday, Oct. 8

Even as Jefferson City tore through the first part of its schedule, outscoring opponents by an average of 34.5 points, the thought in many people's mind was: "Wait until they play Rockhurst."

Well, last Friday the wait was finally over, as the two powers clashed on Jefferson City's turf. And after beating the state's top-ranked team, 33-0, in double overtime, it was clear that the Jays are for real.

The Jays jumped out to a 16-0 lead and held on despite a late flurry by the Hawklets, who turned the ball over six times. With the score tied at 23, Jays kicker Ryan Tanner missed a game-winning field goal as time expired. But in overtime, a Hawklets interception opened the door for redemption, as Tanner nailed a 30-yard field goal to pull off the upset.

Rockhurst played without star running back Jordan Walker, who continues to struggle with a leg injury, and his absence showed. Despite its defense not allowing a Jefferson City first down in the second half, the Hawklets' offense struggled to capitalize.

The loss snaps the Hawklets' 20-game win streak and gave the Jays their first win in 14 tries against Rockhurst.

Of course, the outcome means that there's a new No. 1 squad in Missouri, and that team is Christian Brothers College, which rolled to a 41-7 win against Chaminade. It also means that Rockhurst dropped out of this week's POWERADE FAB 50 and Jefferson City rose to No. 2 in the state rankings.

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Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings are in parentheses):

1. CBC (St. Louis) 7-0 (2)
The Cadets are the new top team in Missouri, as their 41-7 win against Chaminade and Rockhurst's loss opened the door. Next up: Marquette.

2. Jefferson City 7-0 (8)
The Jays showed their mettle with a 33-30, double-overtime win against previous No. 1 Rockhurst. Next up: Troy-Buchanan.

3. Staley (North Kansas City) 7-0 (3)
The Falcons rolled to a 42-13 win against Park Hill South. Next up: Park Hill.

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Kirkwood makes statement win; Week 6 MO rankings stand pat

October, 3, 2011
After games of Sunday, Oct. 2.

In less than 30 minutes, Kirkwood went from the slight favorite to the undefeated underdog during its matchup against Parkway Central.

Star wideout Mike McHugh went down with a shoulder injury in the first half, leaving the Pioneers to fend off a Parkway Central squad with its own playmaking receiver in Brandon Sheperd. Sheperd got his, racking up seven catches for 145 yards, but it wasn't enough to overcome a total of 271 rushing yards and five touchdowns from the Pioneers in a 40-21 win. No word yet on McHugh's status, but stay tuned for updates.

The rest of the top 10 teams easily downed their opponents, with Rockhurst and Jefferson City looking impressive just a week before they meet up for a highly anticipated battle. We'll touch on that more during Friday's preview.

Speaking of Rockhurst, the Hawklets stood pat at No. 34 in the POWERADE FAB 50.

Without further ado, here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings are in parentheses):

1. Rockhurst (Kansas City) 6-0 (1)
The Hawklets' defense continues to impress, allowing just 61 yards in a 21-0 win against Hickman. Next is a highly anticipated matchup against No. 8 Jefferson City.

2. CBC (St. Louis) 6-0 (2)
Cadets quarterback Dalton Demos kept up his solid play, throwing for three scores in a 47-15 win against Vianney. Next up: Chaminade.

3. Staley (North Kansas City) 6-0 (3)
Trent Hosick totaled four touchdowns in a 54-27 win against Grandview, as the Falcons continued to stake their claim as Class 5's top squad. A battle with Park Hill South is up next.

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Kirkwood, Jefferson City continue to impress in Week 5 MO rankings

September, 26, 2011
All of the top 10 teams are who we thought they were last week, easily defeating their opponents. Along the way, Kirkwood and Jefferson City put up major shutouts. Wideout Mike McHugh continued his recent tear for Kirkwood, snagging five passes for 209 yards in a 41-0 win against Parkway North, while Jefferson City RB Devon Moore scored two more touchdowns in the Jays' 42-0 rout of Park Hill.

Oh and I remember when I said don't forget the name "Trent Hosick?" Well, here's why. Hosick has quite an arm, but in Staley coach Fred Bouchard's offense, Hosick's rushing prowess has been on full display. Fast forward to a little past the midway point of this KC Metro Sports video for a dose of Hosick's incredible athletic ability. And stay tuned to this spot for more on the junior quarterback.

Nationally, Rockhurst moved up to No. 34 in the POWERADE FAB 50 after beating Rock Bridge last week.

And without further ado, here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. Rockhurst (Kansas City) 5-0 (1)
The Hawklets' defense held Rock Bridge to 169 total yards of offense in a 35-6 win. Next up: Hickman.

2. CBC (St. Louis) 5-0 (2)
The Cadets took advantage of the absence of Howell QB Eric Siebenshuh and rode their own gunslinger to a 47-26 victory. Dalton Demos finished 369 passing yards and four touchdowns, giving the Cadets momentum before they face Vianney.

3. Staley (Kansas City North) 5-0 (3)
The Falcons cemented their claim as the new top team in Class 5, riding Trent Hosick's two touchdowns to a 22-10 win against Kearney. A road game against Grandview is next.

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Blue Springs South re-enters MO rankings after upset of Lee’s Summit West

September, 19, 2011
They did it again. For the second straight year, the Blue Springs South Jaguars upset Lee's Summit West, this time by the score of 28-14.

In easily their biggest test of the season thus far, the Titans struck first on a 40-yard touchdown pass from Luke Knott to Shaq Harrison. But the Jaguars reeled off the next 21 points, taking a decisive lead on two touchdown throws by Connor Harris and a Steve Sullivan 22-yard score. Sullivan finished the night with 194 rushing yards and two TDs. With the win, the Jaguars re-enter the rankings at No. 10 and have a good chance of moving up. Their only loss on a brutal schedule is a 16-3 defeat at the hands of No. 1 Rockhurst.

As for the Titans, there is a silver lining. They played without All-State offensive lineman Evan Boehm (concussion), and remember what happened the last time the Titans lost to the Jags: a Class 5 championship. But it's safe to say the Titans, who rolled to easy wins in three contests against teams with one combined win, will take this as a wake-up call.

One team that doesn't need waking up is Kirkwood. Point much of the credit to Mike McHugh, who earned ESPNHS Southwest Region Player of the Week honors with 214 receiving yards and three touchdowns. The senior wideout and Northwestern commit also returned an interception 98 yards for a score in the Pioneers' 47-0 win against Hazelwood Central.

Here's how the state rankings shake out this week:

1. Rockhurst (Kansas City) 4-0 (1)
Hawklets keep on rolling, beating Liberty 34-14. Top OL Christian Eatherly has missed the last couple of weeks and tailback Jordan Walker missed much of last week's win after banging up his leg. But both are expected in uniform when the nation's No. 38 squad takes on Rock Bridge this week.

2. CBC (St. Louis) 4-0 (3)
Cadets put together a complete effort in 34-7 win against SLUH. QB Dalton Demos threw for 224 yards and two scores, Antonio Brown rushed for 105 scores and two more touchdowns and Marcus Wheat racked up 112 receiving yards and a TD. Next up: Howell.

3. Staley (Kansas City North) 4-0 (4)
Falcons rolled past Liberty North, 42-6, behind Morgan Steward's four touchdowns. A battle against Kearney is next on the schedule.

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Jefferson City, Fort Osage join top 10 rankings

September, 13, 2011
A good bit of movement occurred in this week's rankings, as DeSmet suffered its first loss of the season to a tough-looking CBC squad and two teams made their debut in the top 10. Jefferson City and Fort Osage have soundly defeated their competition thus far, giving them much credibility in their Classes 6 and 5, respectively.

Room was made for these squads via Fort Zumwalt West's loss to Arkansas power Bentonville and Blue Springs South falling to top-ranked Rockhurst.

Nationally, Rockhurst continued its move up the rankings, coming in at No. 38 in the POWERADE FAB 50.

Here's how the weekly rankings shake out (Last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. Rockhurst (Kansas City) 3-0 (1)
Hawklets showed off their defensive prowess in 16-3 win against Blue Springs South. Rock Bridge is up next.

2. Lee's Summit West 3-0 (2)
The Titans continued their dominant ways, defeating North Kansas City, 42-7. Next up is their first big test in Blue Springs South.

3. CBC (St. Louis) 3-0 (5)
Cadets defeated their second top-10 team in three games, easily beating DeSmet, 52-22. A road contest against SLUH is on tap for Friday.

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Missouri top five in tact, Blue Springs falls out of rankings

September, 6, 2011
Following a first week of upsets and shake-ups, things went as expected in the second week of Missouri football. The top 10 remained the same, except Blue Springs' defensive woes sent it out of the rankings while its rival Blue Springs South moved in.

On the national front, Rockhurst moved up five spots to No. 45 in the latest POWERADE FAB 50 rankings while Lee's Summit West remained in the Midlands regional rankings.

1. Rockhurst 2-0 (1)
The Hawklets put up another 35-20 victory, this time against Hutchinson. Next up for the Class 6 power: Blue Springs South on Friday.

2. Lee's Summit West 2-0 (2)
The Titans rolled to a 45-9 victory against Central, maintaining their spot in the state and regional rankings. North Kansas City will come to town on Friday.

3. DeSmet (St. Louis) 2-0 (3)
With the heat bearing down on them and stars Durron Neal and KeVonn Mabon missing most of the second half with cramps, the Spartans showed their depth and grit in a 14-12 victory against Hazelwood East. DeSmet will again be tested this Friday when it travels to No. 5 Christian Brothers.

4. Staley (Kansas City) 2-0 (4)
Trent Hosick and Morgan Steward couldn't be stopped last week, totaling 417 yards and six touchdowns in a 47-25 win that pushed Blue Springs out of the rankings. The Falcons will play at Platte County on Friday.

5. Christian Brothers (St. Louis) 2-0 (5)
The Cadets handily defeated Howell Central, 64-0, giving them a bit of momentum before they host No. 3 DeSmet on Friday.

6. Webster Groves 2-0 (6)
The Statesman had little trouble with University City in a 44-8 victory, but a tough matchup lurks Friday when they face SLUH, a team that played Webster Groves mighty close last year.

7. Fort Zumwalt West (O'Fallon) 2-0 (7)
The Jaguars bounced back from their season-opening loss in a big way, defeating Howell North 52-0. Fort Zumwalt West will play the second of a three-game road trip at Bentonville (Ark.).

8. Kirkwood 1-0 (8)
After some time to relax on their bye week, the Pioneers will get back in action against Seckman on Friday.

9. Webb City 2-0 (9)
The Cardinals continued their winning ways, defeating Willard, 41-0. Next up is a road contest against Branson.

10. Blue Springs South 2-0 (Unranked)
Thanks to a 37-14 win against Park Hill South and the slow start of rival in Blue Spring, the Jaguars are in the rankings. But the road gets incredibly from here, with road games against defending state champs Rockhurst and Lee's Summit West looming.

Dropped out: No. 10 Blue Springs 0-2

On the bubble: Bolivar, Fort Osage, Harrisonville, Hazelwood Central (Florissant), Howell (St. Charles), Jefferson City, Kearney, Lafayette (Wildwood), MICDS (St. Louis), Park Hill (Kansas City), Parkway Central (Chesterfield), Penney (Hamlilton), Richmond, Rock Bridge (Columbia), Union

Brandon Parker covers Missouri for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.

Rockhurst enters national rankings

August, 30, 2011
The undisputed top team in the state of Missouri can now say it's one of the nation's best squad after entering the new POWERADE FAB 50 football rankings. The Hawklets opened the season with a big 35-20 win against Blue Springs, vaulting to them the No. 50 spot on the updated list.

Without further ado, here's a look at the new state rankings following the first week of play (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. Rockhurst 1-0 (1)
Maintained supremacy with 35-20 win against solid Blue Springs squad. Up next: Hutchinson (Kan.) on Friday.

2. Lee's Summit West 1-0 (2)
Defending Class 5 champs took care of Raymore-Peculiar, 49-13. Up next: at Central on Friday.

3. DeSmet (St. Louis) 1-0 (4)
Moved up a spot after big 28-0 win against fellow top 10 team, Hazelwood Central. Up next: at Hazelwood East High.

4. Staley (Kansas City) 1-0 (5)
Showed potential with 30-6 win against Raytown. Will get big test Friday against Blue Springs.

5. Christian Brothers (St. Louis) 1-0 (8)
Moved up several spots with 52-49 upset of Fort Zumwalt West. Next up: Howell Central on Friday.

6. Webster Groves 1-0 (7)
Moves up a spot in the rankings, scoring 37 first-half points en route to 50-12 victory against McCluer. Up next: University City on Friday.

7. Fort Zumwalt West (O'Fallon) 0-1 (3)
Opened season with stunning loss to fellow top-10 squad Christian Brothers, but didn't fall out of rankings. Will look to rebound against Howell North on Friday.

8. Kirkwood 1-0 (9)
Put together easy 36-7 win against Rockwood Summit in opener. Up next: Bye week followed by Seckman on Sept. 9

9. Webb City 1-0 (10)
Overcame graduation of several senior starters, the Cardinals stood tall in their opener with 38-14 win against Ozark. Next up: at Willard on Friday.

10. Blue Springs 0-1 (Unranked)
Despite record, the Wildcats put up a fight in loss to top-ranked Rockhurst and have a chance to rebound in a big way Friday against fourth-ranked Staley.

Dropped out of Top 10: No. 6 Hazelwood Central (Florissant) 0-1

On the Bubble: Blue Springs South, Bolivar, Carthage, Harrisonville, Hazelwood Central (Florissant), Helias (Jefferson City), Howell (St. Charles), Jefferson City, Kearney, MICDS (St. Louis), Park Hill (Kansas City), Park Hill South (Kansas City), Parkway Central (Chesterfield), Penney (Hamlilton), Richmond, Rock Bridge (Columbia), Valle Catholic (St. Genevieve), Warren County

Brandon Parker covers Missouri for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.

No. 1 Rockhurst Wants a Perfect 10

August, 21, 2011
The Missouri preseason state rankings start the same way the 2010 campaign finished -- with Rockhurst holding down the top spot. And with 15 starters returning to the defending Class 6 champs, the Hawklets appear primed to capture their 10th football title in program history.

Still, Rockhurst will have its eye on an upstart Fort Zumwalt West squad that many coaches have declared as the team to watch in 2011. And although it competes in Class 5, defending champ Lee's Summit West will have a say in which squad finishes atop the state rankings.

Here's a rundown of our Missouri football preseason list:

1. Rockhurst (Kansas City)
2. Lee's Summit West
3. Fort Zumwalt West (O'Fallon)
4. DeSmet (St. Louis)
5. Staley (Kansas City)
6. Hazelwood Central (Florissant)
7. Webster Groves
8. Christian Brothers (St. Louis)
9. Kirkwood
10. Webb City

Other Teams to Watch: Blue Springs, Blue Springs South, Bolivar, Camdenton, Carthage, Harrisonville, Helias (Jefferson City), Howell (St. Charles), Kearney, Park Hill (Kansas City), Park Hill South (Kansas City), Parkway Central (Chesterfield), Penney (Hamlilton), Richmond, Rock Bridge (Columbia), Sikeston, Valle Catholic (St. Genevieve), Warrenton

Brandon Parker covers Missouri for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.