Fort Osage tops Raytown to stay perfect

By Shawn Roney The Examiner
Posted: September 22, 2012 - 12:23 AM

Steven McBee didn’t let illness or Raytown’s defense stop him Friday night.

According to Fort Osage football coach Ryan Schartz, McBee reported feeling ill Friday morning. But then, Schartz knew McBee hadn’t felt well on Thursday – and that McBee wasn’t his only sick player.

“I talked to him before the game, I said, ‘If you’ve got a fever, we’re not going to play you,’ ” Schartz said. “(He) said he didn’t have a fever, so we went ahead. He wanted to gut it out, so we let him go.”

Later Friday, the senior quarterback and part-time receiver threw for two TD passes and a two-point conversion to help Fort Osage claim a 35-0 Suburban Middle Seven homecoming victory.

McBee credited his teammates with giving him the strength to play.

“The whole team was pumping me up the entire game,” he said. “We had great holes from the line.”

However, it was McBee’s kid brother, sophomore running back Jesse McBee, who started the scoring for Class 5 third-ranked Fort Osage (5-0 overall, 2-0 league). His 10-yard TD run, followed by Hayden Baumgartner’s extra-point kick, capped Fort Osage’s opening possession. The younger McBee then added a 40-yard run, followed by Baumgartner’s extra point, to make it 14-0 with 6:09 left in the first quarter.

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