It was business as usual for Fort Osage quarterback Skylar Thompson. The star signal caller completed 9 of 12 passes for 152 yards during a 51-14 homecoming win against Oak Park Friday night.
Although Thompson usually is the one who garners the most recognition for the Class 5 No. 1-ranked Indians (7-0), he had some other teammates making a name for themselves. Running back Jesse McBee followed a 200-plus yard performance against William Chrisman with 165 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns.
“Jesse is just a big time play-maker,” Indians coach Ryan Schartz said. “He’s a three-dimensional back. He can run, block and catch. He’s just one of those guys who can do all those equally.”
His first touchdown was on the opening drive, when he bounced off three tacklers to score on 4-yard run to make it 7-0. At the 5:44 mark in the first, McBee just kept his feet inbounds for 15-yard touchdown catch for a 14-0 advantage.
After an Oak Park touchdown, McBee helped the Indians respond right away. He got behind the defense and was on the receiving end of a 58-yard bomb to increase the lead to 24-8. His last score came when the game was well in hand, on a 7-yard run that ballooned the Indian edge to 45-8.
“The line did an amazing job tonight,” McBee said. “These guys have been blocking their butts off. There is no way we could do without them. You could have driven a truck through the holes these guys opened up today.”
The credit is well deserved for the Fort Osage offensive line, which has been an anchor to a potent Indian offense averaging 41.1 points per game.
“I would say we are skilled in most everything,” Indians offensive lineman Jacob Patton said. “We’re working a lot on pass pro and run blocks in the zone. We’re definitely good at attacking the defensive line and getting low.
Another beneficiary of the line was Alec Chavez. The junior, who mostly contributes to the blocking, had a nice day with the ball, carrying it three times for 34 yards and hauling in three passes for 36 yards and a score. His touchdown catch came early in the second quarter when he found himself wide open for a 6-yarder. On a pair of his runs, it took nearly eight Oak Park defenders to bring the 230-pounder down.
“He contributed a little more than he usually does touching the ball,” Schartz said. “He’s usually a big blocker back there, but he was able to catch the ball out of the backfield and break a lot of tackles. It was nice to see him do that tonight.”
Fort Osage’s other scores came on 14-yard pass from Thompson to Matt Smith in the second and 10-yard jaunt by Derick Krones.
The victory over Oak Park (2-5) was the Indians’ second consecutive blowout. And even against team with losing records, McBee said the team finds ways to stay motivated.
“Coach Schartz always keeps us motivated,” McBee said. “No matter if it’s Blue Springs, Oak Park – we practice for them the same way.”