Posted: Monday, 09 September 2013 12:15AM

Week 3 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.




  1. Lamar (2) – Despite a valiant effort from Big 8 rival Seneca, the Tigers rolled to 2-0 with a 56-21 win over the Indians Friday night.  The two-time defending state champs racked up over 400 yards rushing.  The Tigers are averaging a robust 65.5 points per game so far, but throw out the stats because it’s “Cassville Week”, and they want nothing more than to avenge last year’s 31-0 loss in Barry County.
  2. MV-BT/Liberty (3) – The Eagles’ offensive attack isn’t far behind Lamar, averaging 55 points per game.  Senior QB Jaelon Acklin backed up his eight touchdown opener with five more in a 50-7 drubbing of visiting Springfield Catholic.  They’ll open SCA play this week visiting Thayer.
  3. Webb City (1) – That’s right.  For the first time in three years the Cardinals are not number one in our Power Rankings.  Mighty Webb fell 52-35 to Springdale Har-Ber (Ark.) Friday night.  Don’t panic.  While the Cardinals did relinquish a big lead, they did it to an Arkansas class 7, top 5 ranked team.  46-game winning streak snapped, 91-game regular season streak gone, but the all-important Show-Me Bowl streak is alive at three.
  4. Strafford (4) – With four class 2 teams in the top 5 of our Power Rankings you start to realize it isn’t just about winning for these guys, it’s about dominating.  The Indians’ high powered spread attack has racked up 51.5 points per game so far, most recently a 52-12 home victory over Cabool.  This week should pose a bigger challenge, hosting undefeated Marionville.  Meanwhile, we wish junior Brady Collier the best as he recovers from a foot injury suffered Friday night.
  5. Mtn. Grove (6) – The Panthers are the fourth of five class 2 teams on our list.  Not too shabby, Coach Johnson’s cats are averaging 49 points per game with dominating wins over Rogersville and Hollister.  The next couple weeks should offer more of a test with games against SCA foes Ava and Willow Springs.
  6. Bolivar (7) – It was far from easy, but the Liberators took care of business Friday night with a 17-7 home win over class 5 Branson, avenging a loss from last year.  Next on the check list is a trip to Harrisonville.  The Wildcats have long been a thorn in Coach Roweton’s side, including a pair of losses last season.  Harrisonville is tough! They already own wins over class 4 state runner-up Helias and Savannah.
  7. Camdenton (8) – Whether it’s Carlock, Cunningham, Dean, Elliott or another of the Laker’s weapons, Camdenton has the talent to make a run in the O-C.  Friday night Coach Shore’s purple people took care of an improving West Plains outfit 35-15.  And now it’s “Lebanon Week”.  The Lakers head south for this edition of the always entertaining “Highway 5” series.
  8. Nixa (5) – The Eagles take a bit of a slip after narrowly escaping Belton Friday night.  Nixa needed a pair of late scores to pull out the 28-14 win.  The defense is very impressive.  The offense has all the elements, but hasn’t quite clicked yet.  We should get a better idea this week when they visit COC Large opponent Branson in the KSPR Game of the Week.
  9. Cassville (9) – Congrats to Lance Parnell on his first victory as Cassville head coach.  The Wildcats wasted little time jumping all over McDonald County in Friday night’s 45-7 win.  Senior Hayden Prater was impressive on both sides of the ball.  Soak it in Wildcat Nation, because lying ahead is a very difficult trip to two-time defending state champ Lamar; a team itching for some payback after last year’s 31-0 loss.
  10. Reeds Spring (10) – The Easton Flaugh Show made a stop in Reeds Spring Friday night.  The senior QB led the Wolves to an impressive 41-28 win over Green Forest, Arkansas.  Speaking of payback, the Wolves have circled this week’s meeting with Marshfield since last year’s painful last second loss to the Blue Jays.
 Knocking on the Door: Kickapoo, Ash Grove, Ozark, Lebanon, Skyline, Hillcrest, Carl Junction, Marionville

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