• Indians eager for one final game

  • Four members of the Fort Osage High School football team are on a mission.

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  • Four members of the Fort Osage High School football team are on a mission.
    They will be on the Missouri all-star roster at 7:05 p.m. Thursday night when Missouri takes on Kansas in the Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association Countrymart Kansas vs. Missouri All-Star Football Game at Lee's Summit North High School.
    “I didn't want my last game to be the (Class 5) state championship loss against Kirkwood,” said all-state quarterback Steven McBee, who will join teammates Joseph Tuimaseve, Samson Sia and Mamu Tauiautusa in the annual summer classic.
    “None of us wanted that to be our last game. I've thought about that game just about every day since we lost it, and now, we have the chance to go out on top. This is a big game for Missouri and a big game for Fort Osage High School.”
    Fort Osage head coach Ryan Schartz is the Missouri head coach and he is joined by Indian assistants Matt Copeland and Spence Gueddes.
    “It's exciting to coach such great athletes and to have four of our guys on the team,” Schartz said before Monday night's practice at Lee's Summit North High School. “I know our guys are excited about the game and so am I.”
    Tauiautusa, an all-state linebacker who was The Examiner's Co-Defensive Player of the Year, is especially excited because it will be his last football game for two years as he will head to Samoa for a mission trip Sept. 11.
    “I can't wait,” Tauiautusa said when asked about the game. “I won't play another football game for two years – until I get back from my mission trip – so it couldn't be any bigger for me. And to be able to share it with my teammates and coaches makes it even more special.”
    Tuimaseve is confident his Missouri team has the talent to get past Kansas.
    “A lot of talent on this team,” said Tuimasevean all-state defensive back. “I'm super excited, can't wait for the game. We've been working hard in practice and we're familiar with Coach Schartz's practices so we knew what to expect from the first day.”
    Schartz told his Missouri squad on Day 1 that the players who show up for practice will get the bulk of the playing time Thursday night.
    “I rearranged some things in my life to make sure I didn't miss a practice,” Tauiautusa said. “I know how important practice is to Coach Schartz and I wasn't going to miss one – no way.”
    Sia, another all-state defensive back, said representing the state and Fort Osage brings special significance to the game.
    “It's the last time I will be able to play with my Fort Osage brothers and we are representing our school and our state,” Sia said. “The game is very important to all of us. We've been working hard and I know we have the talent to win the game.
    Page 2 of 2 - “It's going to be exciting. I can't wait for Thursday night.”
    McBee to walk on at MU: McBee said he will walk on at the University of Missouri, trying out for the team as a wide receiver.
    “I got a lot of Division II offers at wide receiver, but none at quarterback,” McBee said, “and I've always loved MU, so I thought, 'Why not walk on at MU?' I don't know what will happen, but at least I won't have to wonder about it a few years from now. I'm going to love going to school at MU and who knows, I might make the team as a walk on.”
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