SBLive’s Missouri Top 25: St. Louis bragging rights on the line when No. 1 De Smet Jesuit faces East St. Louis (Ill.)

By Chris Geinosky

Our Week 2 power rankings for Missouri high school football

1. De Smet Jesuit (1-0)

St. Louis bragging rights will be on the line Saturday night for the border war between top-ranked De Smet and East St. Louis (Ill.).

2. Jackson (1-0)

Jackson will take its high-powered offense on the road this week to take on Hillsboro.

3. Raymore-Peculiar (1-0)

The defending state champion Panthers open Suburban Gold Conference play at Blue Springs.

4. Christian Brothers College (0-1)

After a loss to East St. Louis (Ill.) in the season opener, Christian Brothers will try for win No. 1 against O’Fallon.

5. Liberty (1-0)

The Blue Jays have scored at least 30 points in 10 of their past 13 games dating back to last season.

6. Francis Howell (1-0)

Francis Howell will take on No. 25 Fort Zumwalt North in a top St. Louis area matchup this week.

7. Lee’s Summit North (1-0)

City bragging rights are on the line Friday night when Lee’s Summit North plays at Lee’s Summit.

8. Holt (1-0)

This week marks the first of three games against the Fort Zumwalt schools in the next month for Holt, this first one against East.

9. Blair Oaks (1-0)

Blair Oaks plays at Knob Noster this week, the one team the Falcons shut out during last year’s state-title season.

10. Liberty North (0-1)

One of the top games in Kansas City this week will be the crosstown classic between No. 5 Liberty and No. 10 Liberty North.

11. MICDS (1-0)

MICDS plays its second straight road game to start the season this week at Park Hills Central.

12. Carthage (1-0)

Carthage plays its home opener Friday against Carl Junction, a team the Tigers have owned in recent years.

13. Smithville (1-0)

The Smithville defense has surrendered a mere 16 points total in the last five games dating back to last season.

14. Nixa (1-0)

Nixa will be part of one of the key games in Southwest Missouri this week when the Eagles travel to No. 17 Joplin.

15. Rockhurst (0-1)

Rockhurst looks to rebound against Park Hill after suffering a season-opening loss against defending state champ Ray-Pec.

16. St. Mary’s (St. Louis) (1-0)

St. Mary’s looks to further stake its claim as the top small-class team in the St. Louis area.

17. Joplin (1-0)

After taking down Webb City for the third straight year, the schedule gets no easier for Joplin with No. 14 Nixa on deck.

18. Lamar (1-0)

Lamar has won 11- straight games dating back to last year’s state championship season.

19. Webb City (0-1)

Ironically enough, Webb City lost its season-opening game the past two years to Joplin by the identical score: 41-40.

20. Hannibal (1-0)

After blowing out Helias in the opener, Hannibal will receive another test in Week 2 against Class 6 Jefferson City.

21. Chaminade College Prep (1-0)

Chaminade will play one home game in the first five weeks of the season, and it happens Friday against Lutheran St. Charles.

22. Odessa (1-0)

Sans last year’s season-ending COVID-19 forfeit, Odessa has won 25 games in a row and 37 of the last 38.

23. Lee’s Summit West (1-0)

The Titans’ lone road game in the first month of the season is this week at Blue Springs South.

24. Battle (1-0)

Battle’s scheduled game this week vs. Capital City has been canceled “due to a COVID-19 positive test and possible exposure within the Battle football program.”

25. Fort Zumwalt North (0-1)

Fort Zumwalt North begins a stretch of three straight road games this week against No. 6 Francis Howell.

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