Fort Osage trounces Raytown
By Shawn Roney The Examiner
Some Fort Osage football fans might view the Indians’ 55-14 thumping of Raytown Friday night at Ted Chittwood Stadium as the team’s way of releasing its frustration over last week’s loss to Liberty North.
Senior quarterback Skylar Thompson probably wouldn’t go that far.
“I wouldn’t say ... (we were) taking out our frustration, but we definitely wanted to make a statement and get things back on the right track,” said Thompson, who led Fort Osage to the Suburban Middle Seven victory by completing 10 of 12 passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns.
After a three-and-out first series, Fort Osage (8-1) got things back on track offensively by scoring on its five remaining first-half possessions, starting with Kegan Lammering’s 27-yard first-quarter field goal. The Indians also got a safety from a blocked punt and led 40-0 at halftime.
“It was nice to see them come out and play physical football,” Fort Osage coach Ryan Schartz said. “Our ... (running) game was great tonight. It’s good to get our ... (running) game on track. I think our guys up front are starting to come together a little bit, get off the ball and move people.”
Mike Baxter connected with Harrison Johnson for a 64-yard catch-and-run touchdown and Mitch Grabill booted an extra-point kick with 8:51 left in the third quarter to end Fort Osage’s bid for a shutout.
The Indians answered on their next possession with a nine-play, 68-yard drive, capped by Isaiah Iloilo’s 4-yard TD run with 4:16 remaining. Another safety made it 48-7 Fort Osage with 1:40 left in the third quarter.
Caleb Jonas’ 7-yard TD run and Lammering’s point after with 8 minutes left in the fourth quarter finished Fort Osage’s scoring. Antonio Williams’ 10-yard TD run and Grabill’s point after with 2:52 remaining finished Raytown’s scoring.
With the win, Fort Osage finished 5-1 in league play to secure a share of the conference title with Staley and Liberty North. It also was the 100th career win for Schartz, who downplayed reaching the coaching plateau.
“The staff and the kids, that’s what wins games,” he said.
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