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Missouri high school football Week 9 picks: Raymore-Peculiar looks to clinch conference championship

It's the final week of the regular season in Missouri, and three of the four Suburban Conference championships have not yet been decided. Fort Osage clinched the Suburban White title with last week's 17-10 win against Liberty North.

We'll start this week's predictions with Raymore-Peculiar, which can clinch the Suburban Gold Conference crown with a win tonight.

Last week: 3-2

Season record: 29-15

As for the picks...

• Lee's Summit West (6-2) at Raymore-Peculiar (6-2)

After a 2-2 start, Raymore-Peculiar has reeled off four straight victories and can clinch the league championship in arguably the state's top football conference. The Panthers are almost certain to rely on tailback Isaiah Truss and a powerful offensive line to make it happen. Truss has run for 19 touchdowns in eight games.

Prediction: Raymore-Peculiar 35, Lee's Summit West 28

• Truman (5-3) at Park Hill (8-0)

Truman and Park Hill combined for only two conference victories last season. But they will play for the Suburban Red Conference title tonight. Park Hill has won every game this season by double digits, and it may get tailback Kenyatte Harris back tonight. A scary thought for the Truman defense.

Prediction: Park Hill 42, Truman 21

• Lawson (5-3) at West Platte (6-2)

A pair of teams that made deep playoff runs last season are looking to build some momentum before this year's postseason. West Platte is averaging 37.4 points per game. Lawson defeated West Platte 42-12 last season. Expect a closer game tonight.

Prediction: West Platte 28, Lawson 27

• Platte County (7-1) at Raytown South (5-3)

Kearney, Platte County and Winnetonka sit in a three-way tie atop the Suburban Blue Conference standings. Raytown South had a chance to join that mix last week, but it lost a seven-point game at Winnetonka. A bounce-back performance may be in order at home.

Prediction: Raytown South 30, Platte County 28

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