Fort Osage rallies for tough win over Staley
By SJ Munoz PrepsKC staff writer
No. 5 Staley held Fort Osage to their lowest output of the season, while scoring the most points the Indians have given up this season, but it wasn't enough as the No. 2 and now 6-0 Indians overcame a fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Falcons 15-12.
Through the first 24 minutes of play, defense was the story.
There was only one score in the first two quarters with each team stopping the opposition on downs (Fort Osage did so twice) and getting one takeaway apiece.
The Indians would strike first, with the only points of the half, midway through the first quarter. Ezra Vaoifi rumbled in from a yard out to give Fort Osage the 7-0 lead with 7:03 left in the opening quarter.
The seven-point lead would hold up for the Indians as the teams went to the half with Fort Osage on top by that same margin.
The Falcons cut into the lead quickly in the second half.
Just two minutes in, on the opening drive of the third quarter, Kahluna Bouchard broke free and raced down the sidelines 80 yards for a TD and Staley's first points of the night. The PAT was missed however and the Indians clung to a 7-6 edge with 10 minutes to go in the third.
The Falcons turned to their defense to set up their next score.
With 3:16 to go in the third, Staley recovered a fumble at the Fort Osage 35. Jordan Robben did the honors for Staley this time around, running it in from 11 yards out to make it 12-7 less than one minute later after the two-point conversion failed.
The Falcons threatened to put a stranglehold on the game early in the fourth. A Fort Osage snap went over the head of punter Skylar Thompson and Staley recovered at the Indian 11. The momentum was short lived as the Falcons fumbled it right back on the next play and the Indians recovered.
On the ensuing drive, Fort Osage drove 89 yards on 16 plays for what would be the game-winning score.
The big play came on 4th-and-7 from the Staley 28 when Thompson hit Jesse McBee for 11 yards. Six plays later, Vaoifi plunged in for his second one-yard touchdown run of the game. The two-point conversion was successful and Fort Osage went up 15-12 with just over five minutes to play.
Staley (3-3) had two more cracks at it over the final five minutes, but turned the ball over on downs with 3:10 to go and on their final opportunity the Indians came up with an interception to seal the win.
Though the Indians were held to 227 yards of offense, Vaoifi still topped the century mark with 119 yards on 32 carries to go along with his two scores.
Staley, who had 225 yards offensively, was led by Bouchard's game-high 164 rushing yards.
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