Fort Osage tops Winnetonka

Eric Allen/Special to PrepsKC

By Bill Althaus The Examiner
Posted: November 6, 2012 - 1:52 AM



Fort Osage coach Ryan Schartz wanted the focus of his offense Monday night to be quarterback Steven McBee.

And the senior quarterback did nothing to disappoint.

McBee carried the ball 26 times for 196 yards and two scores and completed 9 of 15 passes for 217 yards and two more touchdowns as the host Indians routed Winnetonka 40-17 in the Class 5 District 7 championship contest.

That sets the stage for a rematch at 1:30 p.m. Saturday between defending Class 5 state champion Staley – the only team to defeat the Indians this season – and Fort Osage in a Class 5 state quarterfinal.

Many of his teammates and coaches said McBee enjoyed the finest game of his decorated career.

“Steven is the best,” said Indians wide receiver Willie Penamon, who came back from a shoulder injury suffered at practice last week to catch a 74-yard back-breaking touchdown against the Griffins late in the third quarter. “Steven is our leader. He had a great game tonight, and when Steven has a great game, we usually win.”

What does McBee mean to the Indians?

On their opening 80-yard touchdown drive he carried the ball eight times for 72 yards and capped the drive with a 19-yard touchdown run.

“That was the game plan,” Fort Osage coach Ryan Schartz said after his Indians improved to 10-1. “We wanted No. 10 to get a lot of touches tonight, especially early in the game.

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