Gut check

Casey Kennedy/PrepsKC

By Cole Young PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: September 6, 2014 - 6:56 PM

With 2:23 left in the game, Fort Osage and head coach Ryan Schartz had a decision to make. Up 31-28, did they try and go for a fourth-and-1 to seal the victory on their own 43 or pin Lee’s Summit and its potent offense deep.

The decision turned out to be an easy one and the right one for the Indians as they leaned on running back Jesse McBee, much like they had all night.

The result of the play was a six-yard gain, sealing up a 31-28 Fort Osage victory.

“We wanted to keep their offense off the field,” Schartz said of the decision. “That fourth down was a little nerve wracking to say the least, but our kids came through.”

Coming through in big situations was a regular occurrence for Fort Osage in the win.

Two different times in the first half it appeared Lee’s Summit and its potent offense were gaining momentum.

Both times the Indians offense answered with passes from their own standout quarterback Skylar Thompson.

Thompson finished the game with 296 yard passing, completing 13 of 14 passes and three touchdowns.

“We didn’t tackle well,” Lee’s Summit coach Eric Thomas said. “We have to do a better job of making those plays and getting off the field.”

While Thompson had a big game, it was his running back, McBee who stole the show.

McBee hauled in two touchdown passes and finished the game with 178 yards receiving on eight receptions.

“Skylar and I have this connection after Bailey (Williamson) got hurt we knew we had to step up because he’s one of our big playmakers,” McBee said. “We definitely did, it was awesome.”

Even with the answers, the Fort Osage defense had to make at least one fourth quarter stop to hold on.

With Lee’s Summit driving the ball and trailing 24-21, Josh Tuimaseve hit the Tiger quarterback Drew Lock’s arm forcing a fumble. Nose tackle Sima Thomas pulled it out of the air and rumbled 30 yards.

“I just stuck my arm out and it ended up in there,” Thomas said.

Lock completed 16 of 24 passes for 266 yards while throwing for two touchdowns and running for two more. He also finished with 105 rushing yards.

The flip of field position set up a touchdown run from McBee, who also finished with 120 yards on 27 carries, which ultimately sealed up the victory, the second over a ranked Class 6 team in two weeks.

Regaining focus after the big wins is something Thomas said wasn’t easy but worked out.

“It was hard, I’ll be honest,” Thomas said, “But, we had a good week of practice and we were ready tonight.”