Fort Osage pitches shutout at North KC
By Shawn Roney The Examiner
Of the plays Fort Osage made during Friday night’s 31-0 victory over visiting North Kansas City, one seemingly held special importance for defensive back Samson Sia and quarterback Steven McBee.
Early in the fourth quarter, Northtown faced fourth-and-goal at the Fort Osage 1-yard line. Down 31 points, the Hornets opted to go for the touchdown rather than settle for a field goal. Marcus Jones, whom the Hornets use at quarterback on running plays, got the snap and tried to score.
Sia, however, stopped Jones short of the goal line.
“No one wanted to let them cross that goal line, so someone had to make a play,” said Sia, who also contributed an interception and a fumble recovery to the Breast Cancer Awareness Night and Suburban Middle Seven victory. “I have to give it up to the big guys up front for taking out everybody else, so I could get in there and stop him.”
McBee called the goal line stand “something else.”
“(Fighting over) that 3 inches, there’s no reading keys (involved),” said McBee, who led Fort Osage offensively by completing 13 of 29 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns. “There’s nothing there but heart and who wants it more. And our defense has so much of it (heart). They were not going to let them cross.”
Taking over on downs after the stop with 8:40 remaining, Fort Osage burned 6:50 off the clock and then punted. One stalled Northtown possession later, followed by one kneel-down by Fort Osage reserve quarterback Skylar Thompson, and the Indians (7-1 overall, 4-1 league) had their sixth shutout this season.
The blanking padded a school record for shutouts in a season. The Indians broke the old record – set in 1964 and tied in 1984 – with their 36-0 win on Oct. 5 at William Chrisman.
The shutout also gave the Indians what coach Ryan Schartz called “an important win for us” in terms of district seedings.
“All in all, I felt pretty good,” he said.
To help the Indians get the “important win,” Ezra Vaoifi scored on a 10-yard run and Hayden Baumgartner booted an extra-point kick to cap their opening possession with 9:44 left in the first quarter. McBee then tossed back-to-back second-quarter TD passes – one to D’Vante Mosby and one to Brandon Winters – to help Fort Osage lead 21-0 at halftime.
Sia stripped Marcus Skinner of the football and returned the fumble 13 yards to set up McBee’s 5-yard TD run with 7:10 left in the third quarter. A 25-yard field goal with 11:50 left in the fourth quarter finished the scoring.
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