Fort Osage pounds Belton to stay perfect
By Mike Genet The Examiner
There were a couple sputters Friday night in the machine that is Fort Osage football.
But the Class 5 second-ranked Indians appear primed for the playoffs after a 42-14 thumping of overmatched visitor Belton in which they did all their scoring in the first half.
Fort Osage completed a 9-0 regular season, polished off their sixth Suburban Middle Seven title (6-0) in eight seasons and earned a first-round bye in the District 7 playoffs. It will host a second-round game Nov. 6, and Indians coach Ryan Schartz said his team will welcome the extra time off.
“We’ve got some guys that are beat up and need to rest,” he said. “The first three series we scored so fast, but I wasn’t happy with the drive that stalled out and we missed the field goal. Offensively, we could’ve played better than we did.
“Penalties – we have to get better with those. We can’t be getting first-and-20, second-and-25. It’s hard to overcome that.”
The Indians were penalized seven times, but most of those came after they forced a trio of three-and-outs and rang up a 21-0 lead in the game’s first six minutes, 27 seconds.
On Fort Osage’s third play, Skylar Thompson zipped a 39-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Rush, hitting his fellow sophomore in stride over the middle. Thompson’s 10-yard toss to Willie Penamon capped a seven-play possession, and Ezra Vaoifi took an option pitch to the right and darted along the sideline for a 60-yard touchdown.
That was the first of four touchdown runs by Vaoifi, who finished with 194 yards on 18 first-half carries. The senior running back finished the regular season with 1,586 yards (8.3 per carry) and 21 touchdowns on the ground. Thompson completed 5 of 9 passes for 75 yards before also sitting out the second half, and Kevin Costanzi rushed for 84 yards on 10 tries (including a 59-yarder before halftime) after replacing Vaoifi.
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