Springfield, Mo. (OzarksSportsZone.com) -- Each week the Ozarks Sports Zone team will rank the top teams in the Ozarks. Rankings are based on dominance by class. This will be the final Power Rankings until the postseason list is released at the end of the playoffs.
For the first time in three weeks a top 10 team lost. Reeds Springs’ loss at Bolivar allows class 5 Camdenton to slide back into the top 10 for the first time since its 2 point loss to Kickapoo week 4.
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ALL DISTRICT BRACKETS
(Previous week's ranking and current week's record in parenthesis)
- Webb City (1) (8-1) – Webb City continues to reign atop the power rankings this week after beating Branson 48-7 to close the regular season. The Cardinals have given up just 13 points in their last three games. District-play opens on Thursday for the Cardinals with McDonald County. After that will be a match up with either Carthage or Carl Junction followed by a likely tilt with (if seeds hold) either Carl Junction or Hillcrest. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL DISTRICT BRACKET.
- MV-BT/Liberty (2) (9-0) – Liberty closed out the regular season with a 66-0 win over Houston, which was preceded by a 52-0 win over Salem. The closest game the Eagles played in all season was a 23-point win over rival Mountain Grove. Now Liberty will get Pleasant Hope to start the playoffs followed by game with either Willow Springs or Fair Grove. After that, things are looking to get very tough with back-to-back games likely against the Strafford/Mountain Grove winner and then Lamar. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL DISTRICT BRACKET.
- Lamar (3) (8-1) – Lamar has allowed just 18 total points since falling to Carl Junction in Week 6. The Tigers allowed 50 points to Carl Junction in that Week 6 loss, but gave up just 54 total points to the other eight opponents on the regular season schedule. Last I checked, there are no more state-ranked Class 4 teams in the Tigers’ future. The tilt with the survivor of District 3 in the quarterfinals looks like it could serve as a virtual State Championship game. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL BRACKET.
- Bolivar (4) 9-0) – Bolivar dispatched previously undefeated Reeds Spring to claim yet another COC Small Title. The district bracket couldn’t have set up better for the Liberators. Going into Friday, it looked like Bolivar would have to get through both Harrisonville and Pleasant Hill to get out of districts, but Harrisonville was able to slide up a spot in the district seeds. Now Bolivar would only have to see either team in a district title game at home. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL BRACKET.
- Strafford (5) (9-0) – Strafford closed the regular season with an emphatic 37-21 win over previously unbeaten Ash Grove to claim the Mid-Lakes crown in undefeated fashion. No team has been within two touchdowns of the Indians all season. Now Strafford gets the chance to prove its undefeated mark. The Indians open districts with Houston on Thursday. After that is likely a battle with one-loss No. 9 Mountain Grove. Win that and the reward is likely undefeated No. 2 Liberty. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL DISTRICT BRACKET.
- Kickapoo (6) (9-0) – Kickapoo completed an undefeated run through the Ozark Conference for its first unbeaten regular season since 1988 and first Ozark Conference title since 2000. Now the Chiefs get a bye and await the Ozark-Glendale winner on Nov. 6. If Kickapoo wins that then a match-up with Nixa likely awaits, which will be one of the biggest district title games in the area. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL DISTRICT BRACKET.
- Nixa (7) (8-1) – Nixa reeled off its fourth-consecutive game of holding its opponent in single digits with a 28-7 win over Republic last Friday. Nixa has given up just 29 total points in four games since giving up 27 to Webb City in a loss. Nixa awaits the Branson-Neosho winner in district play. The Eagles beat Branson 49-14 and Neosho 33-7 during the season. A game with 9-0 Kickapoo likely awaits on Nov. 11. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL DISTRICT BRACKET.
- Carl Junction (8) (8-1) – Carl Junction rattled of its eight-straight win last Friday beating Monett 49-6. It also marked the first time all season that the Bulldogs held an opponent under 14 points. Expect every district game it plays to turn into some kind of shoot-out. Up first is Republic on Thursday. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL DISTRICT BRACKET.
- Mtn. Grove (10) (8-1) – Mountain Grove was a two-touchdown victor over Thayer to finish the season. Now the Panthers enter the toughest district in the state. Up first is Cuba. If the Panthers win (and keep winning), Strafford, a Liberty rematch and Lamar would await in order. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL DISTRICT BRACKET.
- Camdenton (NR) (8-1) – Camdenton’s only loss this season was a two-point defeat at the hands of Kickapoo. The Lakers have won five in a row since that loss. A likely rematch with rival Lebanon awaits in the district title game. Camdenton won the regular season tilt 20-17. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL DISTRICT BRACKET.