Fort Osage powers past North Kansas City

By Bill Althaus The Examiner
Posted: October 17, 2013 - 10:12 PM



Ezra Vaoifi slashed and dashed his way to four touchdowns and 190 yards on the ground in just over one half Thursday.
But he took none of the credit.
The Fort Osage offensive line plowed through the North Kansas City defense, and the Indians defense made life difficult for the Hornets as they pulled away quickly to claim a 49-7, mercy-clock Suburban Middle Six win at North Kansas City High School.
While Vaoifi stood at midfield with the “Big Smarties,” his all-senior offensive line that owns a combined 3.6 GPA, he lavished praise on the unsung heroes who opened some tractor-trailer sized holes.
“These are the guys who get the job done, who allow me to have big games like this,” Vaoifi said as linemen Joey Neidel, Griffin Bledsoe, Logan Stephens, Dalton Miller, Bryce Palmer and fullback Herman Tapusoa nodded in agreement.
“They give (quarterback) Skylar (Thompson) all the time he needs to pass the ball, and every game they do such a great job. I'm so lucky to be running behind a line like this.”
As Vaoifi praised his line, offensive line coach Rick Ammons approaches the group – with the words they've been waiting all night to hear.
“Brownies tomorrow!” Ammons said, as the linemen and members of the backfield receive cookies or brownies following a stellar performance.
And it doesn't get much better than the Indians' offensive performance against the Hornets. The Indians carried the ball 33 times for 261 yards, and Thompson ran for a 51-yard score, threw two touchdowns and completed 11 of 16 passes for 153 yards.
The 8-0 Indians totaled 414 yards of offense while the Hornets managed just 158 – and most of those yards came against the Indian reserves in the second half as coach Ryan Schartz yanked his starters after one series in the third period.
 
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