Fort Osage has put the rest of Class 5 on alert.
The Indians, who beat Class 5’s then No. 9 ranked Staley 36-21 on Friday, have shown just how good they can be.
Look no further than Friday’s game. Fort Osage won by 15 points, but it could’ve, and should’ve been worse. The Indians had three, yes, three Larenzo Fenner touchdowns called back due to penalties.
The most impressive being on a punt, which he returned 57-yards, cutting, spinning, juking through the Staley special teams’ unit.
It was so impressive Fenner had the players on the Staley talking and buzzing about the return that was nullified by a block in the back.
Not only has Fenner made strides through the first two games of the season, so has his quarterback Greg Menne. Menne is in complete control of the Indians’ high-powered offense. He’s taken control, makes the create reads and distributes the ball to every playmaker.
Perhaps the most impressive pass Menne completed on Friday was his first touchdown of the game. Facing an early 7-0 deficit, Menne took the snap, drifted back 3-yards and waited for Staley’s corner to bite, which he did. Menne threw a beautiful touch pass over the stretched out cornerback, and as the ball landed in the arms of his receiver, Christen Penamon, Menne knew and he threw his arms up in the arm long before Penamon reached the end zone.
But the area Fort Osage has improved the most in? Defense. The Indians are fast and extremely athletic. Sure, they allowed some explosive plays on Friday, but they forced two turnovers by stringing out plays and punching out the ball at the last second.
Not only has Fort Osage been impressive through the first two weeks of the season, so has Liberty North. After losing its first game of the season at Bentonville, Ark. the Eagles came back to the metro and laid the wood to crosstown rival Liberty.
The Blue Jays had no answers for Liberty North.
Raymore-Peculiar is also off to a fast start. The defending Class 6 champs defeated Rockhurst in come from behind fashion. The Panthers followed up with another impressive win against a pesky Blue Springs squad.