Fort Osage gets right with win over Chrisman

By Shawn Garrison The Examiner
Posted: October 6, 2012 - 12:43 AM

With a team as loaded as his, Fort Osage coach Ryan Schartz is constantly looking for new ways to utilize the talent on his roster.

On Friday night, that meant giving Indians fans a glimpse of the future.

During a 36-0 Suburban Middle Seven Conference victory over William Chrisman at Independence All-School Stadium, Schartz called on freshman quarterback Skylar Thompson halfway through the first quarter and gave the varsity rookie a majority of the snaps the rest of the way.

That served two purposes: Most importantly, it allowed Schartz to shift dual-threat quarterback Steven McBee to running back, where the senior racked up 121 yards on 16 carries and tallied a 55-yard touchdown run and a pair of 2-yard scores.
As a bonus, it allowed Thompson to take plenty of meaningful varsity snaps and prepare him for next season when he’ll be the likely starter.

Schartz said Fort prepared three personnel packages for Friday’s contest. The one used most predominantly focused heavily on the Indians’ speediest skill position players.

“I think the most important thing is to get the right athletes onto the field,” Schartz said. “With that personnel group, that gets some of our better kids – our faster kids – on the field. And secondly, obviously Skylar’s going to mature a little bit getting some reps as the varsity quarterback.”

It helped that Thompson had a little cushion to work with when he first entered the game. The Class 5 No. 5-ranked Indians (6-1, 3-1 conference) scored just a little more than a minute into the game when McBee hit senior tight end D’Vante Mosby for a 28-yard score. After a quick three-and-out by the Bears, Fort went up 14-0 on McBee’s 55-yard dash.

Then in came Thompson. He started slowly, completing only two of his first seven passes and taking a sack on his first drive. But he quickly settled in and finished by completing 7 of 16 passes for 98 yards.

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