Fort Osage rallies for win at Blue Springs
By Bill Althaus The Examiner
The constant streaks of lightning that lit up the sky over Peve Stadium weren't the only things that crackled with electricity Friday night at Blue Springs High School.
Fort Osage quarterback Skylar Thompson did it all for the Indians, who scored 15 unanswered second-half points to claim a 30-16 victory over the host Wildcats.
Thompson, who was 9-of-10 for 156 yards passing, carried the ball 19 times for 43 yards and four touchdowns to keep the No. 1-ranked Class 5 team in the state undefeated going into the third week of the season.
“Winner. The young man is a winner,” Blue Springs coach Kelly Donohoe said of the Fort Osage quarterback. “He's been a big part of two Fort Osage wins over our team the past two years, and he did everything tonight to help his team get a win.”
Fort Osage coach Ryan Schartz backed Donohoe's comments.
“Every day at practice, every snap, I see Skylar get better,” Schartz said of the senior quarterback who is 22-0 over the past three seasons in regular-season starts. “Then he goes out and does the same thing in games. Tonight, he was just about perfect in executing our offense. The line did a great job, and when we got close to the end zone, he made sure we got the touchdowns instead of field goals.”
Thompson scored on runs of 10 and 16 yards and had two 1-yard touchdown plunges. He also had a two-point pass play.
“It all starts with our line,” said Thompson, who conducts every postgame interview surrounded by his offensive linemen. “They did a great job protecting me tonight. Blue Springs is such a great team, and I didn't get sacked once. And when we needed to get the ball in the end zone they opened up some huge holes. They deserve all the credit tonight.”
In a 27-14 win over Raytown South in the season opener, Thompson was harassed the entire game. He was hit out of bounds on one play, was the victim of a horse-collar tackle and ran for his life until backup Caleb Jonas replaced him late in the fourth quarter.
“I saw my line grow up tonight,” Thompson added. “They were great. Last week was a tough game for all of us. Every inch of my body was sore after last week's game. Tonight, I feel great – and it's all because of these guys.”
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