Fort Osage shuts out Park Hill South

By Mike Genet The Examiner
Posted: August 24, 2012 - 11:49 PM

Naturally, there will be plenty of little things to work on after the first game for the Fort Osage football team.

But the things to build on far outweighed those after the Indians, ranked fourth in the preseason Class 5 state media poll, laid a 28-0 whipping on No. 10 Park Hill South at PH District Stadium.

Fort Osage’s stifling defense yielded a scant 87 yards, including just 32 yards and two first downs in the first half, and the Indians took full advantage of a trio of special teams errors by the Panthers to build an 18-0 halftime lead.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with the defense,” Fort Osage coach Ryan Schartz said. “In particular, our corners played great. Darby Raines faced a guy (Craig Scott) who could be a D-I prospect and did a great job, and Koida Ejire. We knew they could throw the fade, and they did a great job.”

The Indians wasted little time asserting control in the opener, pushing the Panthers back a yard in their opening possession, then driving 56 yards in 10 plays.

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