The first week of high school football is in the books. We had a few surprises, including ones that shake up the very top of the rankings, but overall the teams that were supposed to win, won. Let's have a look, shall we?
Lee's Summit North
Park Hill South
St. Thomas Aquinas
Blue Springs South
Others Receiving Votes: Piper, DeSoto, Basehor-Linwood, Lee's Summit, Platte County, Free State
You may notice we have a new number one, as in the week 1 1 vs. 2 matchup Liberty North prevailed. The game proved to be a defensive battle rather than the expected offensive explosion, and Liberty North looks poised to have the most well-balanced team in the area. The new team to beat, they now have a giant chip on their shoulder to start off the season. Lee's Summit and Platte County both fall out of the rankings due to bad losses on their part, Rockhurst dropped their game to Ray-Pec so they fall to 13, and in the case of Piper and DeSoto they still haven't played a game yet, so it's tough to keep them on the board while leaving teams like NKC off. Speaking of, NKC showed its defensive power with a 28-0 shutout of Hickman Mills, propelling them into the rankings at 21. A surprise coming out party for the Blue Springs South offense as well, as the Jaguars shocked Lee's Summit 52-22 and make the list at 25. Eudora secured their spot with a win over Ottawa, but overall the Kansas teams on this board have yet to prove themselves. That changes this week as Kansas kicks off the majority of their high school football. Will we see more upsets like we saw with Blue Springs South over Lee's Summit or Kearney over Platte County? Could somebody finally topple area powerhouses Bishop Miege, the Blue Valley schools, Mill Valley, and St. Thomas Aquinas, or will they solidify why they were chosen to be in the preseason rankings with a big win? We'll have a lot to cover with the next Friday Night Lights preview, so stay tuned. Welcome back football!
Burn Notice: 9/10 A fairly hot week both in weather and in potential upsets