Fort Osage blanks Raytown

By Shawn Roney The Examiner
Posted: September 28, 2013 - 12:29 AM

Fort Osage’s defense got an old feeling back Friday.

The Indians recorded their first shutout of the 2013 football season by routing Raytown 35-0 in Suburban Middle Seven action at Ted Chittwood Stadium. They posted seven shutouts during their 2012 Class 5 state runner-up season.

“At halftime, coach (Ryan Schartz) was joking about remembering the feeling (of getting a shutout) and how good it felt,” senior defensive lineman Nathan Iloilo said. “It was nice.”

In posting the shutout and helping the Indians defeat the Blue Jays for the ninth straight time, the defense held the Blue Jays to only 74 yards of total offense, including a mere 3 yards rushing. By contrast, the Indians tallied 354 total yards, including 249 rushing yards.

Fort Osage offensive lineman Griffin Bledsoe said the keys to controlling the line of scrimmage were “staying on blocks and doing what we do.”

“We didn’t come out too strong the first half, (as) you could tell,” Bledsoe said. “But we came out and made some adjustments.”

Bledsoe and Indians running back Ezra Vaoifi agreed it was challenging for Fort Osage’s offensive line to go against Raytown’s defensive linemen, who attacked Fort Osage’s linemen by shooting for the legs, rather than engaging with their blocks.

“They were trying to do some weird stuff up inside,” said Vaoifi, who paced Fort Osage with three rushing touchdowns and finished with 180 yards on 26 carries. “It was definitely (them) trying to shut down the run, but I think ... (our) O-line did really well (at) keeping it going.”