Skylar Thompson can’t wait for tonight’s highly anticipated non-conference contest against back-to-back Class 6 state champion Blue Springs.
The Fort Osage junior quarterback has never backed down from a challenge, and his insight into this game (7 p.m. at Fort Osage) is one reason he is one of the most sought-after prep prospects in the area.
“It’s going to be like a heavyweight boxing match,” said Thompson, who starred in the Indians’ season-opening victory over Raytown South. “Coach (Ryan) Schartz said we’re going to have to deliver some punches, but we’re going to have to take some punches, too.
“I don’t know if this program has ever faced a team with as much talent as we’re going to see from Blue Springs. There isn’t a hole in their defense, and their defensive line is huge – they’re all 6-1 or taller and 260 or more pounds.
“We don’t have anyone like that, but we have a lot of heart. And we can take a punch, and we hope to deliver a punch or two. It’s just going to be such an honor to step foot on the field with my Fort Osage family and play the best team in the state.”
While it’s not exactly a David vs. Goliath scenario, it’s close. Blue Springs is the top-ranked team in Class 6, while Fort Osage is tied with Webster Groves atop the Class 5 poll.
“They’re Class 6, we’re Class 5, but we don’t care,” Thompson said. “Fort Osage has never backed down from a challenge, and win or lose, we’re going to shake their hands and head off to our locker room after the game knowing we left everything we had on the field. And that’s what it’s all about.”
The Indians were able to handle the defending Class 6 state champion Blue Springs South Jaguars two years ago and handed one of the premier big class teams a 40-9 setback last season.
That was a different team and a different season. But it points out what type of program Schartz and his staff have created at Fort Osage. Blue Springs won the last meeting 44-20 in 2011.
“We have so much respect for Coach Schartz and his program,” Blue Springs coach Kelly Donohoe said. “We’ve preached to our players all week that we are going into a hornet’s nest Friday night.
“The game is going to be televised, they’re going to have all their fans there – and they get loud and do a great job supporting their team – and they have the advantage of playing on grass. It’s the only time this season we’ll play on a grass field, but I know our guys are looking forward to that challenge.”
Twin defensive tackles Khalil and Carlos Davis, who are both committed to Nebraska, are certainly looking forward to introducing themselves to Thompson.
“We really respect Fort Osage and we know Skylar Thompson is a great quarterback,” Carlos said. “Every team we play gets up for us, and it’s going to be fun to go up to Fort Osage and play a team that is really good and has a tradition like the one we have at Blue Springs.
“We know it’s going to be a tough game, and we’re ready.”
Added Khalil: “If we go up to Fort Osage and think we’ve won before we get there we’re going to be in trouble. But we won’t let that happen, and Coach won’t let that happen. They have great players, we have great players and it should be an exciting game to watch and play in.”