Missouri Media Preseason Rankings

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Five of last year’s six state champs start the season in the #1 spot in the 2015 Missouri Media Preseason Rankings.  The only non-champ from 2014 to start-out in the top spot this year is Fort Osage, which was #1 in Class 5 last year before being upset in the state semifinals by Park Hill.

Statewide high school football rankings, as compiled by a 15-member panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. First-place votes in parenthesis. Panel is made up of Dion Clisso, PrepsKC; Sam McDowell, The Kansas City Star; Chris Geinosky, The Liberty Tribune; Earl Austin, The St. Louis American; Dave Kvidahl, STLHighschoolsports.com; Jim Powers, High School Sports Caravan; Larry Thornton, KSDK radio; Danny Jones, The Columbia Tribune; Tom Rackers, Jefferson City News-Tribune; Mike Scott, Ozone Sports; Rance Burger, The Springfield News-Leader; Dave Roberts, The Rolla Daily News; Cody Thorn, The St. Joseph News-Press; J.B Connoley, KRES radio; Chris Pobst, Sikeston Standard-Democrat; Donn Adamson, The Daily Journal.

First-place votes in parenthesis. 2014: final record last year:

CLASS 6

Rank, team, 2014 Rec., Pts.

1. CBC (9), 13-0, 144
2. Rockhurst (6), 12-2, 140
3. Francis Howell, 11-1, 113
4. Kirkwood, 11-2, 94
5. Raymore-Peculiar, 8-3, 86
6. Jefferson City, 8-4, 77
7. Hazelwood Central, 11-1, 45
8. Blue Springs South, 5-6, 37
9. SLUH, 7-3, 24
10. Lee’s Summit West, 6-4, 23

Also receiving votes: Eureka (8-2), 12; Lafayette (6-6), 10; Blue Springs (8-4), 8; Rock Bridge (4-6), 7; Kickapoo (7-4), 5

CLASS 5

Rank, team, 2014 Rec., Pts

1. Fort Osage (5), 11-1, 132
2. Park Hill (5), 12-1, 125
3. Battle (4), 11-4, 116
4. Fort Zumwalt North, 10-2, 110
5. Staley (1), 8-3, 74
6. Nixa, 10-5, 59
7. Ladue, 12-2, 44
8. McCluer North, 7-4, 44
9. Carthage, 8-4, 35
10. Liberty North, 8-4, 31

Also receiving votes: Willard (9-2), 19; Chaminade (6-4), 13; Pattonville (7-4), 12; Webster Groves (7-3), 8; Jackson (10-2), 27; Camdenton (8-3), 1

CLASS 4

Rank, team, 2014 Rec., Pts

1. Webb City (15), 15-0, 150
2. Carl Junction, 11-1, 123
3. Westminster, 11-2, 107
4. Cape Central, 12-3, 106
5. Kearney, 12-2, 84
6. Helias, 11-2, 65
7. Affton, 12-1, 61
8. Harrisonville, 11-2, 39
9. Platte County, 9-2, 31
10. West Plains, 8-3, 19

Also receiving votes: Bolivar (7-4), 14; Hannibal (8-3), 10; Hillsboro (9-3), 9; Grain Valley (5-6), 3; Smithville (9-3), 16; Mexico (9-3), 1; Sullivan (5-5), 1

CLASS 3

Rank, team, 2014 Rec., Pts

1. Oak Grove (13), 13-2, 148
2. John Burroughs (2), 13-2, 132
3. Maryville, 12-1, 122
4. Blair Oaks, 9-3, 92
5. Mountain Grove, 11-2, 82
6. Park Hills Central, 12-1, 68
7. California, 13-1, 52
8. Bishop DuBourg, 7-5, 35
9. Reeds Spring, 10-2, 33
10. Monett, 11-3, 29

Also receiving votes: Ava (9-2), 14; Hogan Prep Academy (10-1), 11; Eldon (3-7), 2; McCluer South (5-6), 2; Osage (10-3), 2; Orchard Farm (10-3), 1

CLASS 2

Rank, team, 2014 Rec., Pts

1. Lamar (15), 14-1, 150
2. East Buchanan, 12-1, 109
3. Palmyra, 9-5, 104
4. Strafford, 12-1, 94
5. Brookfield, 11-1, 87
6. Lafayette County, 11-1, 86
7. South Callaway, 14-1, 57
8. Hermann, 9-3, 46
9. Malden, 13-1, 43
10. Mt. View-Liberty, 10-2, 26

Also receiving votes: Cardinal Ritter (6-7), 12; Tolton Catholic (8-2), 7; East Prairie (7-4), 3; Lutheran North (11-2), 1

CLASS 1

Rank, team, 2014 Rec., Pts

1. Valle Catholic (15), 15-0, 150
2. Westran, 14-1, 132
3. Marceline, 9-3, 116
4. Marionville, 9-4, 81
5. Skyline, 10-4, 73
6. South Shelby, 10-3, 59
7. Cass-Midway, 12-1, 56
8. Hamilton-Penney, 11-3, 54
9. West Platte, 8-4, 49
10. Osceola, 10-2, 14

Also receiving votes: Wellington-Napoleon (7-4), 13; Lockwood (8-2), 12; Knox County (7-4), 8; Milan (11-1), 6; Crest Ridge (8-3), 2

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