Fort Osage too much for William Chrisman

By Mike Genet The Examiner
Posted: October 12, 2013 - 12:43 AM



Though facing a winless William Chrisman football team, Fort Osage coach Ryan Schartz was somewhat worried his team would experience a letdown Friday at home after last week’s tight, emotional win at Staley.

He was quickly relieved of any such concerns, as the unbeaten Indians rolled up eight touchdowns in the first half and zipped through a running-clock second half in a 56-0 romp over their U.S. 24 Highway rivals.

“Definitely, it’s human nature for a team to let down after big wins or losses,” Schartz said after his Class 5 second-ranked team improved to 7-0 (4-0 Suburban Middle Seven). “But the kids handled practice well this week, and the interception for a touchdown, that’s a great way to start the game.”

Specifically, it was three plays in, as Fort Osage cornerback Koida Ejire jumped a short route toward the far sideline and sprinted 21 yards for a score just 1:16 into the game.

“I’d seen it coming and I just reacted to it, got my footwork down and ran it back,” Ejire said. It was the start of banner night defensively for the Indians, who pitched their second shutout and limited the Bears (0-7, 0-5 conference) to a mere 40 yards of offense, including minus-7 rushing. Chrisman managed just two first downs, the first coming by a Fort Osage late hit penalty, and was forced to punt on all 12 times possessions. Through seven games, the Indians have yielded just 42 points.

“We’re just getting stuff down, trying to find things we’re going to prepare for the next week and execute,” Ejire said.