The conference races are heating up with only two weeks remaining in the regular season.
Fort Osage can wrap up the Suburban White Conference with a win tonight, but Liberty North can pull even with the Indians atop the standings if it pulls off an upset. That's where we'll start with this week's picks.
Last week: 3-1
Season record: 26-13
On to this week...
• Fort Osage (7-0) at Liberty North (5-2)
With quarterback Skylar Thompson and halfback Jesse McBee running the show, Fort Osage may have the best offense in Missouri Class 5. A top offense against a top defense. Liberty North has allowed only one opponent this year to reach double-digit points. Remarkable.
Prediction: Fort Osage 21, Liberty North 14
• Blue Springs (4-3) at Lee's Summit West (6-1)
The two-time defending champions are headed in the wrong direction. After scoring 96 points in two weeks, Blue Springs has lost back-to-back games while totaling just 26. The Wildcats will need a better output against a Lee's Summit West team that can score in a lot of ways. This matchup has produced two instant-classics in two years. Three for three?
Prediction: Blue Springs 35, Lee's Summit West 31
• O'Hara (7-0) at Center (6-1)
O'Hara is just two victories away from running the table in the regular season — and the toughest of those two will be tonight. Center's Tony Caldwell is a handful in the running game. The Yellowjackets are gunning for their third straight eight-win season.
Prediction: O'Hara 31, Center 21
• Raytown South (5-2) at Winnetonka (5-2)
It surprises me Raytown South hasn't gotten more respect. The Cardinals' only two losses have come against Fort Osage and Kearney. With quarterback Jabril Cox leading the way, they can score with anyone. But can they slow down Winnetonka's running game? I'm calling an upset.
Prediction: Raytown South 28, Winnetonka 27
• Raymore-Peculiar (5-2) at Lee's Summit (4-3)
Raymore-Peculiar threw a wrench into the Suburban Gold Conference standings with last week's upset of Blue Springs. Was that a fluke? Or are the Panthers a conference championship team? Matchups with Lee's Summit and Lee's Summit West over the final two weeks will provide an accurate response.
Prediction: Raymore-Peculiar 31, Lee's Summit 28
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