Fort Osage dominates North Kansas City

By Mike Genet The Examiner
Posted: September 11, 2015 - 11:27 PM

Thanks to a first half that played out mostly as a rapid-fire repeat cycle of Fort Osage domination, the Indians added a little bit of history to their football program Friday.

In its 42-7 whitewashing of visiting North Kansas City, Class 5 top-ranked Fort Osage scored touchdowns on its first five possessions while not allowing a Hornet first down, setting up a running clock throughout the second half.

The historical footnote occurred when senior backup running back Clarence Copridge powered in for a 3-yard touchdown to make it 41-0 with 8:54 left in the fourth quarter and freshman Megan Lyon trotted out to kick the extra point. Her line drive boot cleared the crossbar, and the 4-0 Indians had a unique cap to their Suburban Middle Seven opener.

Skylar Thompson completed 5 of 6 passes for 102 yards and a touchdown before sitting out the second half; Bailey Williamson led the ground game with 80 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries; and a defense led by down linemen Brennan Garrett, Sima Thomas and Andru Baxley allowed just 20 first-half yards.

But the biggest cheer of the night went to Lyon, believed to be the first girl to ever set foot on the varsity field for Fort Osage. She was the team’s second kicker Friday, as lineman Cal Harris handled place-kicking duties with normal kicker Kegan Lammering at an out-of-town tournament with the soccer team.

“Megan was the backup if Cal got hurt,” Fort Osage coach Ryan Schartz said. “She’d been practicing and repping it up, enough that I felt comfortable giving her the chance. When the opportunity presented itself, we ran her out there. She kept her head down and swung through it.”

Lyon, who plans on playing soccer in the spring, also handled the ensuing kickoff. She said she wanted to play football as an eighth-grader, but her parents thought it might overload her plate.

“I convinced my parents to let me play (this year),” she said. “I was pretty nervous at first (for the extra point), but then I saw my friends in the stands, and I thought whether I made it or missed it, I’d be fine.”

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