High school football preview capsules

Blue Springs (2-2) vs. Lee’s Summit (3-1)

When/Where: 7 tonight at Lee’s Summit.

Last time they met: Blue Springs defeated Lee’s Summit 69-42 last year.

The game: Blue Springs opens Suburban Big Six play. Lee’s Summit is 2-0 in the conference. ...Blue Springs has prevailed in the last 15 meetings with the Tigers. ...Three Blue Springs players have scored at least three touchdowns each. ...Blue Springs is ranked No. 7 in the state in Class 6.

Raymore-Peculiar (1-3) vs. Blue Springs South (3-1)

When/Where: 7 tonight at Blue Springs South.

Last time they met: Blue Springs South defeated Raymore-Peculiar 38-28 last year.
The game: The game is the Suburban Big Six opener for Blue Springs South. Raymore-Peculiar is 0-2. ...The teams meet for the eighth time. South leads 4-3 in the series. ...Raymore-Peculiar defeated North Kansas City 28-14 last week for its first win. ...Blue Springs South is ranked No. 4 in the state in Class 6.

Liberty (2-2) vs. Lee’s Summit North (1-3)

When/Where: 7 tonight at Lee’s Summit North.

Last time they met: Lee’s Summit North defeated Liberty 42-27 last year.

The game: Liberty risks a 1-0 Suburban Big Six conference record. North is 1-0. ...It’s the 12th game in the rivalry with Liberty holding an 8-3 edge, winning five of the last six meetings. ...Will Harrington leads the Broncos in scoring with six touchdowns.

St. Joseph Central (1-3) vs. Truman (2-2)

When/Where: 7:30 tonight at Independence All-School Stadium/Norm James Field.
Last time they met: Central defeated Truman 48-0 last year.

The game: Each is 1-1 in the Suburban Middle Six. ...Truman has lost two in a row after winning the opening two games. ...Central has prevailed in all five previous meetings with Truman.

Raytown South (2-2) vs. Fort Osage (3-1)

When/Where: 7 tonight at Fort Osage.

Last time they met: Raytown South defeated Fort Osage 26-21 last year.

The game: Fort Osage bids to go to 2-0 in the Suburban Middle Seven. Raytown South is 0-1 after losing to Winnetonka 12-7 last week. ...The game is the 23rd in the rivalry with Fort Osage maintaining a 15-7 edge. ...Fort Osage running back Ezra Vaoifi is second in the area in scoring with 56 points. ...Fort Osage is ranked No. 7 in the state in Class 5.

 Grain Valley (2-2) vs. Pleasant Hill (3-1)

When/Where: 7 tonight at Pleasant Hill.

Last time they met: Grain Valley defeated Pleasant Hill 24-0 last year.

The game: Grain Valley bids to go to 2-0 in the Missouri River Valley Conference West. Pleasant Hill is 1-1. ...Grain Valley has won two in a row after two opening losses.. ..Grain Valley has defeated Pleasant Hill in seven of the last eight meetings. ...Grain Valley’s Zach Hoover is the area’s leading scorer with 10 touchdowns with nine coming on passes.

Oak Grove (4-0) vs. Excelsior Springs (0-4)

When/Where: 7 tonight at Excelsior Springs.

Last time they met: Oak Grove defeated Excelsior Springs 35-13 last year.

The game: The Missouri River Valley Conference West teams meet for only the fourth time. Oak Grove has won twice. ...Oak Grove is 1-0 in the conference and Excelsior Springs 0-2. ...Oak Grove has allowed only two touchdowns in its four victories. ...Oak Grove is ranked No. 5 in the state in Class 5.

St. Mary’s (0-4) vs. Maranatha Academy (0-0)

When/Where: 7 tonight at Truman High School.

Last time they met: First meeting.

The game: St. Mary’s could get its first victory. Maranatha plays basically a junior varsity schedule. Its two varsity games are with St. Mary’s and Van Horn on Oct. 8. ...The Trojans have scored only six touchdowns.

Van Horn (2-2) vs. Sherwood (3-1)

When/Where: 7 tonight at Sherwood.

Last time they met: Sherwood defeated Van Horn 29-6 last year.

The game: Sherwood opens Crossroads Conference play. Van Horn is 1-1 in conference. ...Van Horn has lost two in a row after two opening victories. ...The teams meet for only the second time.

William Chrisman (0-4) vs. Belton (0-4)

When/Where: 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Belton.

Last time they met: William Chrisman defeated Belton 40-23 last year.

The game: William Chrisman is 0-2 in the Suburban Middle Seven and Belton 0-3. ...The teams meet for only the second time. ...Belton has lost 12 in a row over two seasons. ...Chrisman hasn’t started 0-5 since 2007. ...The game is the Belton homecoming.