Fort Osage tops Chrisman to stay perfect
By Bill Althaus The Examiner
For three quarters Friday night, during a joyous homecoming celebration, Fort Osage was as good as the undefeated Indians have been at any time this season.
They scored on their first three possessions, quarterback Skylar Thompson was nearly flawless in running a potent Indian offense that scored 35 points, and the defense allowed just 67 total yards.
Then, the fourth quarter happened.
Scorpio Horn's never-say-die William Chrisman Bears scored three touchdowns against the Indian reserves, forcing Ryan Schartz to put his starters back on the field to stop the bleeding in a 35-21 Indians victory that left one coach shaking his head and the other praising his team's grit and determination.
“I am so proud of my guys,” said Horn, who was sporting an ear-to-ear grin as he high-fived the Indians and rushed to get back to his team. “I am so proud and full of pride right now I can't even explain it. In the past, the Bears might have given up after being down 35-0 at the half. But not these guys – they never give up. Now, I know it came against Fort's reserves, and I have so much respect for Coach Schartz, his team and his staff, but at least we made a showing and we won the second half. That was all I asked of my team at halftime, and they went out and did it.”
And for their second-half effort, Schartz lavished praise on the Bears.
“Hey, I've been there and I know what Coach Horn is trying to do with his team,” Schartz said after the Indians improved to 6-0 overall with the Suburban Middle Seven win. “He has his starters in against our backups and that's what I did when I was building this program. It's so important for a team that's growing and learning how to win to get some success. He got some tonight.
“He got so much, I had to put my starters back in there. When it's a two-score game with just over three minutes to play anything can happen. Do you think I wanted to put Skylar and the other starters back in there? “No way! But they forced us to do it. My hat's off to his team. They fought hard the entire game.”
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