Quick Slants: High school football preview capsules for Week 10

QUICK SLANTS: HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PREVIEW CAPSULES:

WEEK 10

Grain Valley (4-5) vs. Harrisonville (7-2)
When/Where: 7 tonight at Moody Murry Field, Grain Valley High School.
Last time they met: Harrisonville defeated Grain Valley 51-35 last year.
The game: Each team needs a win to take second place in Class 4 District 13 and earn a state playoff berth. … With a win, Harrisonville also clinches an undisputed Missouri River Valley Conference West Division championship. A loss and Harrisonville shares the title with Pleasant Hill. … A loss would give Grain Valley its first losing season since 2003. … The last time the teams met was in last season’s Class 3 state semifinals.

Lee’s Summit (2-7) vs. Lee’s Summit North (3-6)
When/Where: 7 tonight at Lee’s Summit North High School.
Last time they met: Lee’s Summit North defeated Lee’s Summit 28-27 in 2007.
The game: A victory in the Class 6 District 7 finale and a Rockhurst win or close loss qualifies North for the state playoffs for the first time. … North leads in the series 8-4. … Lee’s Summit has lost four in a row.

Oak Grove (7-2) vs. Holden (9-0)
When/Where: 7 tonight at Panther Stadium, Oak Grove High School.
Last time they met: First meeting.
The game: Oak Grove clinches a state playoff berth with a Class 3 District 13 victory over Holden and may be in line for the district title – depending on Pleasant Hill’s game against Clinton, which Oak Grove beat 44-0 last week. A loss knocks the Panthers to third place in the district and out of the playoffs. Holden is ranked third in the state in Class 3, Oak Grove is ninth and Pleasant Hill is sixth, making it arguably the toughest Class 3 district in the state.

Truman (3-6) vs. Kansas City Northeast (1-8)
When/Where: 7 tonight at Southeast High School, Kansas City.
Last time they met: First meeting.
The game: Truman needs a win to enhance its state Class 5 District 8 playoff hopes. The Patriots clinch a playoff berth with a win and either a Raytown South win or a Raytown South loss by eight points or less. A playoff berth would be Truman’s second in its history. The first was in 2004.

William Chrisman (1-8) vs. Winnetonka (5-4)
When/Where: 7 tonight at Independence All-School Stadium/Norm James Field.
Last time they met: Winnetonka defeated William Chrisman 26-22 in 2003.
The game: The season ends for Chrisman, which has lost eight in a row after a season-opening victory over Ruskin. … A win in the Class 5 District 10 matchup would clinch a state playoff berth for the visiting Griffins. … It has been a remarkable turnaround season for Winnetonka. It entered the season with a 16-game losing streak and went 0-10 in 2007.

Blue Springs (8-1) vs. Columbia Rock Bridge (1-8)
When/Where: 7 p.m. Friday at Rock Bridge High School, Columbia.
Last time they met: Blue Springs defeated Rock Bridge 48-20 last year.
The game: Blue Springs qualifies for the Class 6 state playoffs with a win and either a Blue Springs South win or a Blue Springs South loss by 11 points or less. The Wildcats, who ironically need help from the rival Jaguars, cannot win the district title. It would be the Wildcats’ 16th playoff berth and first since 2006. … Blue Springs and Rock Bridge clash for only the second time. … Wildcats running back Darrian Miller has scored 17 touchdowns and receiver/running back Keeston Terry, who scored four last week in a 48-38 win over Liberty, has 16.

Blue Springs South (7-2) vs. Liberty (7-2)
When/Where: 7 p.m. Friday at Larry Stewart Memorial Stadium, Blue Springs South High School.
Last time they met: Blue Springs South defeated Liberty 38-10 last year.
The game: Blue Springs South has qualified for the state Class 6 District 8 playoffs but needs a win to tie Raymore-Peculiar and Blue Springs for the Suburban Big Seven title. The Jaguars clinch a district title with a win or a loss by 11 points or less. … The playoff berth is the seventh for the Jaguars. … Liberty needs a victory to keep its playoff hopes alive.

Fort Osage (7-2) vs. North Kansas City (2-7)
When/Where: 7 p.m. Friday at North Kansas City High School.
Last time they met: North Kansas City defeated Fort Osage 42-0 in 2005.
The game: Fort Osage already has clinched a playoff berth, but secures the district title with a win or a loss by nine points or less. With a win, the Indians could tie Lee’s Summit West and perhaps Raytown South for the Suburban Middle Six title. … The Indians, ranked fourth in Class 5, have won six in a row. … Fort Osage running back Dalton Krysa is second in the area scoring race with 126 points on 20 touchdowns and three two-point conversions.

Lee’s Summit West (6-3) vs. Springfield Central (3-6)
When/Where: 7 p.m. Friday at Independence All-School Stadium/Norm James Field.
Last time they met: Truman defeated Raytown 34-14 last year.
The game: West, ranked fifth in Class 5, clinches a state playoff berth with a win by seven points or more. … West’s three losses – to state-ranked Blue Springs, Raytown South and Raymore-Peculiar – have been by a total of 10 points. … Central has won three games after a winless 2007.

St. Mary’s (6-3) vs. Orrick (9-0)
When/Where: 7 p.m.. Friday at Kaw Field, Sugar Creek.
Last time they met: First meeting.
The game: St. Mary’s, in the Class 1 District 13 games, faces its toughest test of the season. Orrick, the defending Class 1 state champion, is undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the state and has allowed less than 50 points. … The host Trojans can qualify for the playoffs with a win and a Braymer loss to Wentworth Military Academy. That would put the Trojans in the state playoffs for the third time in school history and first time since 2002. … Trojan running back Paul Baker leads the area in scoring with 130 points on 21 TDs and two two-point conversions.

Van Horn (0-9) vs. Lathrop (0-9)
When/Where: 7 p.m. Friday at Independence All-School Stadium/Norm James Field.
Last time they met: First meeting.
The game: In a battle of winless teams, Van Horn has its best chance for its first victory of the season. … Neither team will qualify for the Class 2 state playoffs. … .It’s Van Horn’s first Friday night game at All-School Stadium as a new member of the Independence District.

Raytown (2-7) vs. Raytown South (8-1)
When/Where: 2 p.m. Saturday at Ted Chittwood Stadium, Raytown High School.
Last time they met: Raytown South defeated Raytown 24-20 in 2007.
The game: Raytown South has qualified for the Class 5 state playoffs for the second consecutive year. The Cardinals clinch the district title with win or loss by eight points or less. Raytown, to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 1989, has to beat Raytown South by nine points or more. It’s the 45th game in the rivalry with the series tied 22-22. … A victory enables South to tie Lee’s Summit West and possibly Fort Osage for the Suburban Middle Six title.