Posted: Monday, 16 September 2013 12:58AM

Week 4 Football Power Rankings

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Each week the Ozarks Sports Zone team will rank the top teams in the Ozarks.  Rankings are based on dominance by class.


(Previous week's ranking and current week's record in parenthesis)

  1. Lamar (1) (3-0) – The Tigers aren’t just winning, they’re striking fear into opponents.  On Friday, Lamar exercised its “Cassville deamons” by beating the Wildcats 48-0; the first win in the series in head coach Scott Bailey’s eight seasons at the helm.  The night included three scores for Jared Beshore, two more for Levi Peterson.  This group is stacked and should be considered as big of a favorite to three-peat as state champs as any team this century.
  2. Webb City (3) (2-1) – The Cardinals’ 42-7 win over rival Carthage was impressive and important for restoring the historic program’s winning ways.  It was another team’s loss however (2nd ranked Harrisonville falling to Bolivar) that further solidified that Webb City is not only a contender, but should be considered the runaway favorite to four-peat as class 4 state champs.
  3. MV-BT/Liberty (2) (3-0) – The Eagles were their usual dominant selves Friday night in a 53-14 win at Thayer.  Some challenging matchups remain on the schedule, including Ava and Mountain Grove, who both beat Liberty last season.  Everyone is looking at a 1 vs. 2, Lamar vs. Liberty, quarterfinal three-match, but first Coach Acklin and the Eagles need to focus on a stout SCA slate.
  4. Bolivar (6) (3-0) – It wasn’t exactly David vs. Goliath, but the Liberators’ 31-14 win at 2nd ranked Harrisonville was about as impressive as any win so far this season.  Many, including myself, thought this would be a “down” year for Bolivar.  But credit Rafe Peavey and the seniors for restoring the tradition with a lot of inexperienced varsity players.  And credit Lance Roweton and his staff for taking this team and molding it into not just another conference champ, but maybe group destined for St. Louis.
  5. Strafford (4) (3-0) – As good as the Indians are, a challenge could be just what they need.  Marionville put a scare into this talented team Friday night, before Strafford pulled out a 36-22 win.  It will be fun to see how they develop and improve on both sides of the ball as we inch closer to one of the deepest districts in the state in any class.
  6. Mtn. Grove (5) (3-0) – A 33-20 home win over Ava might just go to prove how good the SCA is this season.  Mountain Grove hasn’t really been pushed so far, but it’s coming.  Up next, a playoff rematch with a pesky Willow Springs squad that took the Panthers scoreless into the 4th quarter of last year’s district semifinals.
  7. Camdenton (7) (3-0) – Are the Lakers the best class 5 team in Southwest Missouri?  The sportswriters around the state think so, and Friday night’s 20-17 comeback win over Lebanon does nothing to change that.  We should get a better idea this week when Shore Stadium plays host to fellow 3-0 OC contender Kickapoo.
  8. Nixa (8) (3-0) – The Eagles are really heating up and showed it Friday night in a 49-14 offensive extravaganza at Branson.  Weaknesses? Not really.  Coach Rehagen’s club has the talent to be very special this fall, but it won’t be easy with some tough teams knocking on the door and of course that meeting with Webb City looming in two weeks.
  9. Reeds Spring (10) (3-0) – It wasn’t long ago Reeds Spring was considered an automatic win on the schedule.  Head coach Brian Moler and some dedicated student athletes down in Wolves Country have changed that culture and are now one of, if not the top class 3 team in the area.  The Wolves avenged a last second loss to class 4 Marshfield last season with a 39-36 nail biter last Friday.
  10. Skyline (NR) (3-0) – Averaging better than 44 points per game so far this season the Tigers haven’t skipped a beat since losing so many talented seniors from last fall.  Ash Grove and Strafford will provide major challenges down the road, but remember Skyline is class 1, so those games will only provide a solid tune-up for what figures to be an easier district tournament.  I expect the Tigers to be 6-0 entering a week 7 trip to Ash Grove.
Knocking on the Door: Kickapoo (3-0), Hillcrest (2-1), Ash Grove (3-0), Ozark (3-0), Cassville (1-2), Carl Junction (2-1), Lebanon (2-1), Marionville (2-1), Salem (2-1)

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