Fort Osage makes a statement
By Bill Althaus The Examiner
Steven McBee is ranked No. 1 academically in his senior class at Fort Osage High School.
He’s also No. 1 in the hearts of all Indian football fans as his leadership and never-say-die approach helped Fort Osage claim one of the biggest regular-season wins in school history.
McBee rushed for 167 yards on 25 carries and led the Indians to their lone touchdown – a 28-yard run by tailback Ezra Vaoifi as Class 5 power Fort Osage downed defending Class 6 state champion Blue Springs South 6-0 in a steady downpour Friday night on the Indians’ grass field.
“The kid’s No. 1 in his class and he’s the class of the class,” Fort Osage coach Ryan Schartz said. “A lot of coaches talk about character and that type of stuff, and it’s just lip service. With me, it’s from the heart. We’ve been lucky to have him three years and this year could be pretty special.”
It’s started with back-to-back shutout wins, as the Indians are living up to their preseason hype so far.
“I believe this could be a defining moment in the history of our football program,” said McBee, who did not attempt a pass in the game. “We’ve won some big games, but this is one of the biggest – if not the biggest – I’ve been a part of.
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