Fort Osage blows out Belton

By Mike Genet The Examiner
Posted: October 20, 2012 - 12:55 AM



With a first-round bye at hand, Class 5 No. 4 Fort Osage will have more than a week to smooth some rough edges before its first postseason game.
 
Of course, Indians coach Ryan Schartz insists such rough edges exist, though a casual observer might be hard-pressed to agree after watching Fort Osage’s 49-7 whipping of host Belton in Friday’s regular-season finale.
 
The Indians missed out on a Suburban Middle Seven crown because of an earlier loss to Staley, but it was their only blemish on an 8-1 slate (5-1 conference), and they own the top seed in District 7. Friday, Fort Osage never let Belton’s triple-option offense gain any traction and scored five of their first six possessions, including Steven McBee’s 87-yard touchdown return of the second half kickoff.
 
“We’ve got some things we need to get better at,” Schartz said. “We know what they are and we’ll be devoting the practice time.
 
“I thought we kind of struggled to get the run game going early. We made some pass plays, and we had some good balance and we were able to get the run game going late. I thought the offensive line did a good job, and special teams were good.”
 
Belton (1-8, 1-5 Middle Seven) handed Fort Osage its scoring chance four plays in when the Pirates punter watched a snap sail over his head and had to cover the loose ball at his own 20. Four plays later, McBee found the end zone from eight yards out.
 
It was the beginning of another banner night for McBee as the senior quarterback totaled 123 yards on just nine first-half carries. Two series later he sprinted around right end for a 28-yard score to cap a 10-play drive early in the second quarter.
 
After the Indians recovered a Pirates fumble, McBee sent a 23-yard scoring aerial to Willie Penamon. Then, an Andrew Rosales stuff on fourth-down set up a 42-yard TD from McBee, who lined up at running back, took an option pitched and never got touched on his way to making it 28-0 at the 3:42 mark.
 
Freshman quarterback Skylar Thompson added a 57-yard touchdown pass to Branden Winters before halftime, as a deep pass deflected neatly off the hand of the Pirates DB and Winters waltzed in.
 
McBee and Thompson combined for 108 yards on 8-of-9 passing and sophomore Jesse McBee totaled 79 yards on 11 carries.
 
Steven McBee also went untouched on his kickoff return, taking advantage of what has been a rare opportunity thanks for Fort Osage’s stout defense.
 
With a first-round bye at hand, Class 5 No. 4 Fort Osage will have more than a week to smooth some rough edges before its first postseason game.