Springfield Catholic (4-0)
- The Class 1 defending state champs are at it again, as the Irish have outscored opponents by a remarkable 37-2 margin this season. Coach Guinn’s squad is an unbelievable 33-0-1 in the their last 34 games. The schedule doesn’t do them any favors this year as Catholic will take on Bolivar and Carthage next week.
- Simply put, the Chiefs have the best combination of talent and experience in the Ozarks this season. Kickapoo returns 13 seniors from a team that won 18 games last season before bowing out to Glendale in the district semifinals. A gauntlet of a schedule will have Coach Hodge’s team well prepared come October.
- The Eagles certainly look like a state contender again this season, outscoring opponents 29-3 so far. Coach Palmer’s squad will take on a talented Kickapoo next week in a game that could be a preview of a state playoff sectional match-up.
- The Liberators again look strong in 2012, as Josh Condren and Avery Genovese have Bolivar in the hunt for an elusive final four after four consecutive state quarterfinal appearances. Bolivar has only allowed multiple goals in a game once this season.
- The Eagles have had little compassion for opponents this year, outscoring foes by an astronomical 41-0 margain. Joplin’s schedule toughens up next week, as the visit Glendale and Central before heading to the Jeff City Tournament.
- Ismael Serratos, who recently broke the school record for career points, has led the Tigers to an unblemished record. This weekend’s Parkview Tournament should present some tough competition for the Carthage.
- Despite have an early season loss to Kickapoo, the Tigers will definitely be in the playoff mix come October. Next week’s match-up with Carthage will have COC-Large championship implications at stake.
Carl Junction (4-0)
- The unbeaten Bulldogs have been an early season surprise thus far. Carl Junction owns victories over typical Big 8 powers Monett and Cassville, in being the only remaining unbeaten team in the conference.
- The Jays are easily the best three loss team Class 1 team in the state. Despite losses to Bolivar, Nixa, and Catholic, Greenwood is still at .500 because of wins over Central, Joplin Thomas Jefferson, and New Covenant. The schedule gets a little easier for the Jays, look for them to string some wins together.
- Don’t be fooled by the two early losses, this Glendale Falcons team is the real deal. The Falcons boast a win over traditional power Pembroke Hill and Camdenton. The Falcons match-up with Joplin next week will be a clash of titans.
Knockin’ on the door: Branson (6-1), Republic (3-3), Camdenton (Springfield Central 3-2)