Fort Osage blanks Raytown again
By Bill Althaus The Examiner
As his Fort Osage High School football team headed into its Class 5 District 7 contest against Raytown, Indians coach Ryan Schartz had a nagging doubt in the back of his mind.
“We're used to the playoff format, where we play on Wednesday, instead of Friday,” Schartz said, “but we’re not used to getting 10 days off before the playoffs begin because of a bye.”
That bye affected his team the first eight minutes of the first period Wednesday night, but a 60-yard touchdown run by quarterback Steven McBee set the stage for another impressive Indians win as they claimed their seventh shutout of the season by blanking the visiting Blue Jays 36-0 at Fort Osage High School.
Fourth-ranked Fort Osage will play host to Winnetonka at 7 p.m. next Monday in the district final and a berth in the state quarterfinals.
“You know how you have a finely tuned car that's been sitting in the garage for a while?” Schartz asked. “That's how I felt watching our guys the first quarter. We had to knock off the dust and the cobwebs. Once Steven got the offense going with that big run, I knew things were going to be OK.”
McBee was the man offensively, as he carried the ball 16 times for a game-high 158 yards and one touchdown. He was also 7 of 14 for 140 yards, including a 19-yard touchdown pass to D'Vante Mosby.
“Steven McBee is a winner – in every phase of his life – he is a winner,” Schartz said. “He's just a great team leader. And what about D'Vante tonight? He had some big catches and played a great game.
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