High-SchoolMissouri: Blue Springs South

Missouri Week 7 hoops rankings: No. 1 Vianney streaks into record books

January, 24, 2012
After games on Sunday, Jan. 22

Put simply, Vianney has been close to untouchable on the hardwood this season. And with Friday's win against Chaminade, this year's version of the Golden Griffins now sit in uncharted territory.

The top-ranked Golden Griffins notched their 17th straight Friday, moving past the mark set during the 1997-98 campaign. Tony Cochran and Brad Woodson put up monster performances, scoring 30 and 27 points, respectively, to help secure the historic victory. With the win, the Golden Griffins are No. 41 in the latest POWERADE FAB 50 rankings. But the moment wasn't filled with all good news, as senior point guard Richard Dorhauer went down with an ankle injury that could sideline him.

These rankings were done before the big Monday matchup between No. 2 McCluer North and No. 7 McCluer, but win or lose, McCluer's week is far from over. The Comets host No. 6 Webster Groves on Friday.

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

1. Vianney (Kirkwood) 17-0 (1)
With Friday's 69-48 victory against Chaminade, the Golden Griffins won their 17th contest to start the season, breaking the school record for most consecutive wins. Next up: Kirkwood on Tuesday.

2. McCluer North (Florissant) 15-1 (2)
After a week off, the Stars play three games this week against No. 7 McCluer, Vashon and Hazelwood East.

3. Lee's Summit West 16-0 (3)
The Titans registered two close wins against Raytown South (58-57) and Blue Springs South (53-51) to remain undefeated. Next up: Ruskin on Tuesday.

Click here for the full POWERADE weekly Missouri hoops rankings.

Blue Springs South's Nightingale wins Gatorade XC ROY

January, 12, 2012
Samantha Nightingale of Blue Springs South was named Gatorade Missouri Girls' Cross Country Runner of the Year.

The senior won her second straight Class 4 title in a time of 18:05.51 before placing second at the Nike Cross Midwest Regional and eighth at the prestigious Nike Cross Nationals meet.

Click here for the full breakdown of Nightingale's award.

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.

Click here for the full POWERADE weekly Missouri football rankings.

Football state championships to be decided

November, 23, 2011
The day before Thanksgiving. It's like Christmas eve for your stomach, with dreams of turkey, stuffing, mac and cheese and sweet potato pie dancing in your head right up until the moment you sit down at the table.

But for you, Missouri football fans, it's also time for us to take a glimpse at the intriguing slate of championship football games set to take place this weekend. All the hard work, hitting and offensive firepower has built up to this, 12 teams vying for state supremacy at Edward Jones Stadium.

Class 6: CBC vs. Blue Springs South (7:30 p.m. Friday)
After meeting at this same high-stakes juncture five years ago, these two get to do it again in 2011. Last time, Blue Springs South took the crown, but this time CBC, ranked No. 31 in the POWERADE FAB 50, enters as the favorite after running the table up until this point. The Cadets have morphed into an incredibly balanced team this season behind QB Dalton Demos (2,434 yards, 31 TDs) and a defense that's given up 10.8 points since surrendering 49 in a season-opening win against Fort Zumwalt West.
The Blue Springs South defense has also been solid and poses the greatest challenge to the Cadets this season. The Jaguars shut down a powerful Rockhurst team in the quarterfinals and have given up a touchdown or less in three of their last four wins. Plus, when the Jaguars D isn't on the field, the rushing attack of RB Steven Sullivan (1,303 yards, 17 scores) and QB Connor Harris (738 yards, nine TDs) eats up the clock. Whichever offense can control the clock and has the least amount of turnovers will win this game.
My pick: CBC 28, Blue Springs South 20

Class 5: Staley vs. Kirkwood (6:30 p.m. Saturday)
Imagine being Staley, fresh off a 76-70, quadruple-overtime win against Lee's Summit West to avenge last year's semifinal loss and produce arguably one of the state's greatest games ever...and that wasn't even the biggest game of your season. But quarterback Trent Hosick says that shouldn't be a problem.
"We're already back down to the earth," says Hosick, who scored seven times last week. "The goal this year wasn't to beat Lee's Summit West, even though we knew they were very good and would probably have to beat them sometime, but that was just another step in achieving the ultimate goal. So it's not hard for us to get ready for this game against a very, very good Kirkwood team."
Offensive weapons will be on high in this one. Staley boasts Hosick along with standout tailback Morgan Steward while Kirkwood possesses one of the state's top wideouts in Mike McHugh (20 TDs) and has scored 40-plus points in 11 of its 12 games. Staley will look to eat up clock behind its talented rushers, especially considering the Pioneers' solid secondary. One team will emerge with its first loss of the year while another hoist its first-ever title.
My pick: Staley 35, Kirkwood 31

Class 4: Webb City vs. MICDS (4:15 p.m. Friday)
Scoring has never been a problem this season for MICDS. The Rams are averaging nearly 42 points per game behind gritty running back Michael Scherer, who has racked up 1,542 yards and 27 scores this year.
Winning has rarely been a problem for Webb City this season...and long before now. The defending champ Cardinals have won three state titles since 2006 and triumphed in their last 81 regular season games. Defense has been the Cardinals staple this year, as the unit has posted four shutouts, including one against Hillcrest and its All-American wideout Dorial Green-Beckham in the quarterfinals.
The Rams will be closely studying film of last week's Webb City, as the Cardinals had to overcome a 21-point deficit to win. It'll be interesting to see which unit bends (or breaks) between the MICDS offense and Webb City defense.
My pick: Webb City 34, MICDS 28

Class 3: Burroughs vs. Logan-Rogersville (3:15 p.m. Saturday)
Burroughs pulled off a major upset last week against Osage behind RB Ezekiel Elliott (40 TDs) but stopping a Logan-Rogersville offense that had 400 yards against defending champ Richmond last week will be no easy task.
My pick: Logan-Rogersville 28, Burroughs 17

Class 2: Lamar vs. Lafayette County (1 p.m. Friday)
Lafayette County has the moment after winning its last 13 games and knocking off two-time defending champ Penney in the quarterfinals but Lamar has had its way for most of the postseason.
My pick: Lafayette County 24, Lamar 18

Class 1: Valle Catholic vs. South Shelby (Saturday at noon)
A week before districts, South Shelby was 3-4. But after seven straight wins, the Cardinals find themselves in the state championship as perhaps the biggest underdog. Valle Catholic has won 10 titles and outscored its last eight opponents 334-54.
My pick: Valle Catholic 31, South Shelby 21

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

Fall postseason update

November, 17, 2011
After a banner fall season last year, much of the discussion of preseason championship favorites centered around Rockhurst.

The Hawklets swim team lived up to its dynamic billing, winning a record eighth straight swim title last week. Reigning Gatorade State Runner of the Year Zach Herriott earned success as well, shaking off a 13th-place finish at this year's state meet to qualify for the prestigious Nike Cross National meet in Oregon next month.

The football and soccer teams weren't so fortunate. Rockhurst's bid to defend its gridiron title fell short after a 28-7 loss to Blue Springs South in the Class 6 quarterfinals. Likewise, the Hawklets' soccer team lost 2-1 in double overtime to Lee's Summit West in the district playoff championship.

Since then, Lee's Summit West has advanced to the Class 3 semifinals, where they will face a strong DeSmet squad led by All-State player Louis Berra. Oakville will take on Rock Bridge in the other semifinal on Friday.

In Class 2 soccer, St. Louis Priory is chasing history — and itself. Heading into Friday's semifinal versus Helias, the 25-0 Rebels are looking to become just the second team in the state to ever go undefeated without a loss or tie. The first? The 2005 Priory squad that went 26-0 en route to the state crown. The Rebels are certainly the favorite, boasting a defense that's posted 22 shutouts and an offense that's outscored opponents 104-5 this season. They are currently ranked No. 14 in the POWERADE FAB 50 and would face either Trinity or Smithville should they win.

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, DeSmet tumble in Class 6 football playoffs

November, 14, 2011
There will be a new champion in Class 6 football, as three favorites, including defending champ Rockhurst, fell in the quarterfinals over the weekend.

*For the first time in five tries, Blue Springs South finally got the upper hand on Rockhurst — and in a big way. The Jaguars scored the first four touchdowns in a 28-7 win while holding the Hawklets to under 100 yards rushing.

*Next the Jaguars will face Francis Howell, which downed another powerhouse in Fort Zumwalt West. Howell beat FZ West at its own game, striking early and often in a 49-28 victory. The Vikings' defense came up big, recording eight sacks to get FZ West QB Drew Hare under wraps, and allowing Howell to score 21 straight points in the second and third quarters.

*While Howell earned vengeance for an early-season loss, DeSmet couldn't do the same in its matchup with SLUH. Despite another big performance from Durron Neal (244 rushing yards, five total touchdowns), it wasn't enough to overcome the Junior Billikens, who blew an 18-point deficit but held on for the 47-46 win. Quarterback Trevor McDonagh had another big day for SLUH (368 yards and five scores), but it was his favorite target who was the talk of the game. Stefan Sansone set a school record with 13 catches for 276 yards and four scores. What's more, he intercepted a pass with less than a minute left to eliminate DeSmet's hopes of a comeback.

*Amid all the upsets, one thing held true in Class 6: top-ranked CBC won. The Cadets took care of McCluer North, 31-10, to set up a semifinal contest against SLUH and move to No. 38 in the latest POWERADE FAB 50.

*In Class 5 action, a team from Hazelwood will once again be in the semifinals -- it's just not the one you think. A down year for Class 6's Hazelwood Central and a huge weekend upset of Parkway Central pushed Hazelwood East into a semifinal matchup with Kirkwood. Mind you, the Spartans pulled out a 42-15 win after watching the Colts score on their first play from scrimmage. But behind Jimmy Jones' 120 rushing yards and three scores, the Spartans scored 42 of the next 49 points.

*As expected, Staley will battle defending champ Lee's Summit West in the other semifinal. Staley barely squeaked by Fort Osage for a 7-6 win in the quarterfinals while the Titans easily downed Nixa, 42-3. Does Lee's Summit West have enough momentum to pull off the win or will Staley continue its victorious ways behind Trent Hosick and Morgan Steward? Stay tuned.

*Finally, Dorial Green-Beckham's prep career came to an end with a 49-0 loss to defending Class 4 champ Webb City. The star Hillcrest receiver had seven catches for 58 yards, pushing his career receiving yards record to a grand total of 6,356.

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

Records, rest are the focus in Week 9 Missouri football

October, 27, 2011
Dorial Green-Beckham began his career with 37 catches and 801 yards as a freshman wideout at Hillcrest. Notable? Yes. But his numbers didn't exactly glow with greatness — especially when you consider what's at stake during the Hornets' regular-season finale against Republic on Thursday.

Sixty-two yards separate Green-Beckham from all-time career receiving leader Abram Booty (Evangel Christian/Shreveport, La.) and high school immortality. DGB currently sits at second with 5,806 career yards and a source close to the team tells me that the plan is to gain the golden yards (and maybe more) on the first play. In other words, don't blink or arrive late because you might miss history.

What's more, Hillcrest, which is having its best season in DGB's career, has a chance to wrap up the district title with a win and gain a high seed in next week's Class 4 playoffs.

I'll be tweeting live updates from the game, so follow me @brandoncparker and check out ESPNHS.com for updated news and content throughout the night.

In some ways, records are the focus for most other teams in Missouri this week. With the sectional playoffs starting next week and most seeds already decided, all but one of the top 10 teams are playing squads with records below or one game above .500. That makes it likely that most starters will get pulled by halftime or perhaps not play at all in an attempt to rest. The lone exception is...

No. 10 Blue Springs (7-2) at Rock Bridge (6-3)
Last year, after needing just one victory in their last two games to advance to the sectional playoffs, Rock Bridge couldn't find the winning formula.

Last week, needing just one more win to advance to the sectional playoffs and after pulling within one point on a fourth-quarter touchdown, Rock Bridge had its extra point blocked to shift the momentum in Blue Springs South's favor and open up a 35-20 defeat.

This week, it's do-or-die once again for Rock Bridge, as it hosts Blue Springs for another chance at making the sectional playoffs for the first time since 2005. A victory won't be easy for the Bruins, who face an emerging Blue Springs squad that knocked off rival Blue Springs South earlier this year.

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

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.

Click here for the full POWERADE weekly Missouri football rankings.

Blue Springs, Blue Springs South renew rivalry in Week 7 Missouri football

October, 14, 2011
For the last three years, it's been the first team to get to 42 wins. And with both teams riding lengthy win streaks and apparently peaking at the right time, this year should be no different between rivals Blue Springs and No. 10 Blue Springs South.

Blue Springs South (6-1) has been quite impressive this year, riding the productive running of Steve Sullivan (653 yards, 10 TDs) to a win against defending Class 5 champ Lee's Summit West and playing close with defending Class 6 champ Rockhurst.

This rushing ability will be key against Blue Springs (5-2). In consecutive losses to open the season, the Wildcats' rush defense was decimated, giving up 400 yards to Rockhurst's Jordan Walker and 417 total yards to Staley. Granted, those two teams aren't pushovers, but neither is Blue Springs South.

With that said, the Wildcats have hit their stride of late, putting up 46.4 points per game behind the passing of Kyle Brown (1,099 yards, 16 touchdowns) and an efficient run-by-committee approach. But again, the onus lies on the defense in this contest.
My pick: Blue Springs South 42, Blue Springs 31

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

ESPNHS Missouri midseason football awards

October, 5, 2011
Believe it or not, we're midway through the Missouri high school football season. Six weeks ago, everybody was dishing out predictions and opinions on which teams and players would shine this year. Now, it's time to see who's lived up to the hype with the ESPNHS Missouri midseason football awards.

Player of the Year: Dorial Green-Beckham, Hillcrest WR
Talk about a no-brainer. In the season opener on ESPNU, the nation's No. 3 recruit showed the country how insane his skills are by catching 18 passes for 284 yards and three touchdowns. Call his competition inferior? I call you crazy. Despite seeing double and sometimes triple coverage, Green-Beckham has piled up 60 catches for 1,023 yards and 10 touchdowns. What's more, the Hornets are winning, sitting at 5-1 after going 7-5 in each of the last two seasons.

Offensive MVP: Mike McHugh, Kirkwood WR
There's was little doubt that McHugh was talented — he had 11 touchdowns last year and is committed to Northwestern. But the senior wideout has put up some serious numbers so far this season. In a win against Hazelwood Central, Kirkwood tallied 214 receiving yards, three scores and a pick-6; then a week later against Parkway North, he caught five passes for 209 yards. During the Pioneers' 5-0 start, he's racked up 523 yards and nine touchdowns on just 15 catches for an average of 34.9 yards per catch.

Defensive MVP: Michael Rose, Rockhurst LB
Rose is the anchor of a defense that returned eight starters from last year's Class 6 champions. And though the Hawklets' D started out a bit slow (relatively), Rose has helped them find their groove of late. In a 16-3 win against Blue Springs South, Rose had eight tackles (two for loss) and two pass break-ups. Since then, the top-ranked Hawklets have allowed just 20 total points in three games.

Breakout Player: Dalton Demos, Christian Brothers College QB and Jordan Walker, Rockhurst RB (tie)
It was impossible to choose between these two, so I went with both. Walker got things started by running for a school-record 400 yards in the season opener. Through three games, the Hawklets senior had 817 yards and eight touchdowns, but a leg injury has kept him out of the last two games. That's where Demos comes in. The CBC senior has thrown for 1,474 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions for an offense that is putting up nearly 50 points per game. Most importantly, both players have led their teams to 6-0 records and the top two rankings in the state.

Breakout Team: Jefferson City
It figured to be an average year for Jefferson City, what with Kody Walker, the school's all-time leading rusher, gone off to college. But behind the power running of Devon Moore (771 yards and 12 touchdowns), the Jays are off to their best start in eight years. Against a solid slate of opponents, the Jays have outscored the competition, 257-50. Just how legit the Jays are will be tested this Friday when they host No. 1 Rockhurst.

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

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.

Click here for the full POWERADE Missouri weekly rankings.
Last week, Blue Springs South just faced the state's undisputed top team in Rockhurst, losing 16-3 in the Hawklets' closest battle this year. So what do the Jaguars get as a parting gift?

A date with No. 2 Lee's Summit West.

Quite the gamut for the Jaguars, but they can walk into this contest with confidence. After all, they were the only team to be Lee's Summit West during its run to the Class 5 title last season. And this was no barnburner. The Jaguars won 41-17.

Lee's Summit West has rolled to a 3-0 start against a relatively easy schedule, so the 2-1 Jags will be the Titans' first test of the year. Of course, the defending champs will be prepared. Quarterback Luke Knott's stock is rising, totaling eight scores while helping the Titans average more than 45 points per contest. On defense, linebacker Nick Ramirez will be key in slowing a solid run-by-committee Jaguars attack featuring QB Connor Harris joins Trey Ervin and Stephen Sullivan.

The contest will certainly be closer than last year, and with the Titans a year wiser, I expect the outcome to be different as well.

My pick: Lee's Summit West 35, Blue Springs South 27

Kirkwood (2-0) at Hazelwood Central (1-2)
It's been a tough go to say the least, for Hazelwood Central, last year's Class 6 runner-up. The *8 have dropped two of their first three games and losses aren't exactly acceptable for fans of a team that won the state title as recently as '08 and '09. Thing is, the Hawks' two losses have come against very good DeSmet and Rock Bridge squads. But the road doesn't get any easier with Kirkwood on tap tonight. The Pioneers are paced by wideout Mike McHugh, a Northwestern commit who has helped his squad put up 78 points in two games. The Hawks will put up a fight, but this non-conference opponent won't be any nicer than the others.
My pick: Kirkwood 31, Hazelwood Central 17

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

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.

Click here for the full POWERADE weekly state rankings

CBC easily tops DeSmet in battle of top-five teams

September, 12, 2011
DeSmet had the better ranking, the talented duo of Durron Neal and KeVonn Mabon and, by the second quarter of Saturday's clash with Christian Brothers college, an 11-point lead.

But CBC had Dalton Demos.

The senior quarterback proved unstoppable for the No. 5 Cadets, who erased their early deficit by scoring on seven straight possessions for a relatively easy 52-22 win against No. 3 DeSmet. Demos finished with 280 yards and three scores through the air as well as a 56-yard touchdown reception.

Scoring hasn't been a problem for CBC, which is averaging 56 points during its 3-0 start. Meanwhile, its defense proved stout, holding Neal to just one score on the night.

Rockhurst 16, Blue Springs South 3
With the big play of Jordan Walker at tailback, somewhat lost in the discussion of Rockhurst's powerhouse football team has been the defense — until now. The Hawklets D stuffed Blue Springs South on Friday, allowing just 177 total yards. Walker still made his mark, rushing for 166 yards, including a 60-yard touchdown.

Hillcrest 21, Joplin 9
For once, the attention wasn't on Dorial Green-Beckham — and rightfully so. The talented Hillcrest receiver took a backseat to the emotion surrounding Joplin's first home football game since a tornado destroyed much of the town in May. More than 6,500 fans came out for the contest, but it wasn't enough for the Eagles to pull out a win. Despite holding DGB to six catches and 94 yards, Hornets tailback Stuart Andress broke loose for two touchdowns and 136 total yards.

Park Hill South 13, Park Hill 7
For the first time since 2004, Park Hill South got a win against its crosstown rivalry. Behind an Eddie Soal rushing score and a recovered fumble in the end zone by Craig Scott, the Panthers reeled off 13 straight points to seal the big win.

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

DeSmet-CBC showdown highlights Week 3 Missouri Football

September, 9, 2011
In the season opener, CBC went head to head with one of the state's top programs in Fort Zumwalt West. The Cadets ended up outlasting the Jaguars in a 52-49 shootout.

Tonight, the No. 5 Cadets (2-0) will have another chance to prove themselves Saturday and climb up the rankings when they face an explosive No. 3 DeSmet squad (2-0), led by ESPNHS September cover boy Durron Neal.

Dalton Demos leads a Cadet offense that has racked up 866 yards in just two games, racking up 378 passing yards, four touchdowns and one interception while spreading the ball around the field. The senior will be tested, though, against a DeSmet defense that has allowed just 12 points per game during its 2-0 start. And with Neal making plays on both sides of the ball as well as KeVonn Mabon leading the defense, the Spartans will give CBC all it can handle.
Prediction: DeSmet 45, CBC 42

No. 10 Blue Springs South (2-0) at No. 1 Rockhurst (2-0)
No one disputes that Rockhurst is the top squad in the state, but that doesn't mean Blue Springs South is going to back down. In their two meetings last year, the Jaguars played the Hawklets close, losing by just a touchdown on both occasions. Jordan Walker has emerged as the Hawklets' offensive threat, but Blue Springs South has its own weapon in Stephen Sullivan, who recorded 289 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns last week.
Prediction: Rockhurst 35, Blue Springs South 20

Hillcrest (1-1) at Joplin (1-1)
Emotions will run high for Joplin this weekend, as the Eagles play their first home game since a tornado ravaged the town this past May. Joplin, which is expecting more than 7,000 fans for the Saturday contest, gained momentum with last week's win at West Plains, but of course, Hillcrest boasts the nation's top receiver in Dorial Green-Beckham. Despite the Hornets' loss to Rogers Heritage (Ark.) last week and snagging just two passes in the first half, DGB finished with seven catches for 142 yards and two touchdowns.
Prediction: Hillcrest 24, Joplin 14

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