How SBLive’s Top 25 Missouri teams fared in Week 2: Liberty North bounces back with cross-town rivalry win

By Chris Geinosky

How SBLive’s Top 25 Missouri high school football teams fared in Week 2

1. De Smet Jesuit (1-1) lost to East St. Louis (Ill.) 32-17

Most of the night De Smet struggled to move the ball on offense against the Illinois powerhouse. The Spartans scored their first touchdown of the game on a 90-yard kickoff return early in the fourth quarter, and their lone offensive TD came with 1:07 left.

2. Jackson (2-0) beat Hillsboro 42-0

Make it back-to-back shutouts to start the season for the Indians. Quarterback Cameron Marchi completed 14-of-18 passes for 270 yards and four touchdowns in the blowout.

3. Raymore-Peculiar (2-0) beat Blue Springs 21-13

Despite having to ride out two hour-plus-long lightning delays, Raymore-Peculiar outlasted Blue Springs. The Panthers led 14-0 at the first delay in the opening moments of the second quarter.

4. Christian Brothers College (1-1) beat O’Fallon 49-2

After suffering a season-opening loss to East St. Louis (Ill.), Christian Brothers took out its frustrations by scoring 35 first-quarter points and blowing out O’Fallon.

5. Liberty (1-1) lost to No. 10 Liberty North 44-13

The Blue Jays fell behind 27-6 in the first half, but there was no comeback this time after they pulled off a come-from-behind, overtime victory against Blue Springs in Week 1.

6. Francis Howell (2-0) beat No. 25 Fort Zumwalt North 42-13

For the first time in more than 20 years, Francis Howell defeated Fort Zumwalt North, snapping a three-game losing streak in an annual rivalry game that picked up steam in recent years.

7. Lee’s Summit North (2-0) beat Lee’s Summit 36-0

It was all Broncos in this crosstown matchup. Quarterback Tre Baker led the way by passing for 182 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for another 71 yards.

8. Holt (2-0) beat Fort Zumwalt East 75-0

Quarterback Cooper Brown set a new school record by tossing the 52nd touchdown pass of his Holt career during this one-sided affair. 

9. Blair Oaks (2-0) beat Knob Noster 62-16

At the half, the Falcons led 55-8. Quarterback Dylan Hair was outstanding, passing for 174 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for 69 yards and three touchdowns.  

10. Liberty North (1-1) beat No. 5 Liberty 44-13

After starting the season with a loss against Arkansas power Bentonville, the Eagles bounced back in a big way with a dominating performance against their crosstown rivals. 

11. MICDS (2-0) beat Park Hills Central 59-52

Quarterback Reagan Andrew accounted for three touchdowns in the final nine minutes of a wild, high-scoring game to lift the Rams to victory. His sneak with 10 seconds left was the game winner.

12. Carthage (2-0) beat Carl Junction 28-0

In a game that was cut short and had no points scored in the first half, Carthage finally took command after halftime. The teams decided to stop the contest because of lightning with five minutes left. 

13. Smithville (2-0) beat William Chrisman 56-0

The Smithville defense did it again, recording its fourth shutout in its past six games dating back to last year’s state semifinal run. 

14. Nixa (1-1) lost to No. 17 Joplin 28-25

The Eagles could not hang on to a double-digit lead on the road. Quarterback Connor Knatcal passed for 284 yards – 234 of it going to Kael Combs – but it wasn’t enough. 

15. Rockhurst (0-2) lost to Park Hill 24-23 (OT)

For the second week in a row, the Hawklets took a late-game, gut-punch loss. Rockhurst came back in the second half to force overtime, but the two-point try to win the game failed.

16. St. Mary’s (St. Louis) (1-0) – Idle

A positive COVID-19 test on the coaching staff forced St. Mary’s to cancel its game with Elder (Ohio).

17. Joplin (2-0) beat No. 14 Nixa 28-25

Quarterback Always Wright (one of the best names in the state) passed for 195 yards and rushed for another 52 as Joplin has taken early control of the Central Ozark Conference race.

18. Lamar (2-0) beat Reeds Spring 54-13

Last year, Reeds Spring lost 27-23 to the eventual state champs, but it wasn’t close this time as Lamar rolled out to a 34-6 halftime lead and never looked back.

19. Webb City (1-1) beat Neosho 49-20

Running back Dupree Jackson needed only 16 carries to rack up 157 yards and three touchdowns in the Cardinals’ first win of the season. Webb City rushed 50 times for 365 yards in the game.

20. Hannibal (2-0) beat Jefferson City 40-13

Hannibal opened a 40-0 lead and turned on the mercy-rule, running clock in the early stages of the fourth quarter before Jefferson City was able to score twice late.

21. Chaminade College Prep (1-1) lost to Lutheran St. Charles 46-6

Running back Arlen Harris rushed for 96 yards and four touchdowns on only 17 carries, and quarterback Aaron Coffey passed for 244 yards and two scores in a surprise blowout.

22. Odessa (2-0) beat Lansing (Kan.) 35-0

Blake Heitman rushed for 161 yards and two touchdowns as Odessa had no issues taking on an out-of-state opponent.

23. Lee’s Summit West (2-0) beat Blue Springs South 35-0

The Lee’s Summit West defense stole the show Friday night, limiting Blue Springs South to 163 yards of total offense in a game that was 21-0 at the half.

24. Battle (1-0) – Idle

Battled cancelled its Week 2 game against Capital City due to a COVID-19 positive test and possible exposure within the football program.

25. Fort Zumwalt North (0-2) lost to No. 6. Francis Howell 42-13

For the first time since 2008, Fort Zumwalt North has started a season with an 0-2 record. North trailed 42-0 before scoring twice late to prevent the shutout.

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