Fort Osage shuts out PH South to win district
By Shawn Garrison The Examiner
A year ago, Fort Osage saw its season start to unravel in the final week of the regular season.
The Indians rolled into the last week of districts at Park Hill South with a surprising 7-2 record and had rattled off four consecutive wins.
The Indians lost the district title to the Panthers that night, suffering a six-point loss, and traveled to Staley the following week and were shutout in a 22-point thumping.
A similar scenario developed Friday, but this time the Indians downed Park Hill South 28-0 in Class 5 District 11 play, capturing the district championship, eliminating the Panthers from the playoffs, capping a perfect Middle Seven Conference season and clinching a first-week playoff bye.
For the Indians (9-1, 6-0 conference), though, this didn’t spark any wild celebrations. Sure, they’ll take the district crown. But this was just one more step toward where they hope their season ends.
“The Dome,” said Fort Osage senior Jaleel Gordon, who has filled in as the starting running back since sophomore Ezra Vaoifi went down with a torn ACL four weeks ago. “That’s what we want to do. That’s where we want to be.”
Gordon gained 70 yards on 22 carries as the main ball-carrier in a run-heavy attack. Quarterback Steven McBee provided a handful of big plays while rushing for 90 yards on 17 carries, including touchdown runs of 4, 5 and 33 yards.
McBee also completed 7 of 12 pass attempts for 127 yards and fired a 53-yard scoring bullet to Brandan Reeve for the Indians¹ final score early in the fourth quarter.
But Fort Osage coach Ryan Schartz might have been even more impressed with what his squad didn’t do.
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