Fort Osage shuts out Oak Park

By Shawn Garrison The Examiner
Posted: September 14, 2012 - 11:45 PM

Don’t cling to old stereotypes when analyzing this season’s Fort Osage football team.

Over the last eight years, the Indians have emerged as one of the area’s top programs by leaning heavily on a sturdy running game and dominant defense.

That’s still the Indians’ forte, but as Friday night’s 58-0 Suburban Middle Seven Conference victory over Oak Park at Fort Osage High School proved, there’s a little more diversity in their game plan than in past years.

Five players rushed for touchdowns for Class 5 No. 3 Fort, two quarterbacks tossed scores to two receivers and Darby Raines returned a punt 77 yards for another TD.

“I don’t think we’ve ever had so much variety,” said sophomore Jesse McBee, who rushed for two touchdowns and hauled in a 17-yard score. “Teams can’t key on one player, they have to watch everybody. We have plays we can run for everybody.”

During the week, the Indians planned on trying to throw 50 percent of the time against Oak Park. They didn’t quite reach that ratio, but did throw 12 times in a first half in which they scored on five of their first six possessions.

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