Not this time

Todd Nugent/Special to PrepsKC

By SJ Munoz PrepsKC staff writer
Posted: November 13, 2015 - 11:24 PM

Last year when Fort Osage and Park Hill met in the Class 5 Playoffs it came down to the final seconds. In Friday night's quarterfinal rematch the final seconds were anticlimactic as Fort Osage avenged last season's loss in dominating fashion beating Park Hill 42-10 at Park Hill District Stadium.

The Indians seized control in the first half, racking up 250 yards of offense to just 72 for Park Hill, and their focus never wavered.

"Hats off to the coaching staff for getting these guys ready, the kids were dialed in all week in practice and there was another level of focus that carried over to tonight," Fort Osage head coach Ryan Schartz said. "Putting the two scores up in the first quarter gave us some breathing room and allowed our defense to settle in. Our kicking game was great tonight. All three phases were pretty solid. There's work to be done obviously and we'll try to get even better because from here on out everybody is good. We need to make sure we pay attention to the details."

Fort Osage went 80 yards on the opening drive which ended with a 27-yard scramble for a touchdown by quarterback Skylar Thompson on third down.

The Indians doubled their lead late in the first after they were given new life thanks to a Trojans personal foul penalty on third down. Thompson broke free on the very next play, this time on a 51-yard scamper, and it was 14-0.

Park Hill hung tough, getting on the board with a 32-yard field goal by Parker Sampson at the 8:45 mark of the second.

But with just 2:17 to play in the half, Thompson connected with Bailey Williamson on a 32-yard scoring strike to make it a 21-3 halftime edge.

"This team was hungry and we were ready to play," Thompson said following the Indians 11th win in 12 games this season. "We executed at a high level and I'm so proud of my teammates, they deserve this and so do the coaches for all the hard work we've put in this week. Coach Schartz really emphasized eliminating our penalties and taking advantage whenever they made a mental error. We are very confident, but know we have to keep improving every week. This can't be our Super Bowl, we've got more steps up the mountain to go and that's the focus right now."

The lead ballooned to 25 (28-3) in the third after Thompson's second TD pass to Williamson (56 yards) with 4:05 remaining in the quarter.

Park Hill managed a TD, their only of the game, before quarter's end, but still trailed by 18 heading into the fourth.

Fort Osage secured their spot in next week's semifinals with two fourth-quarter touchdowns. Thompson threw for his third score, a 28-yarder to Matt Smith and ran for another in the final minute of the game.

The Indians ended the night with 401 yards on offense led by Thompson, who accounted for six TDs, passing for 233 yards and rushing for 89. Williamson caught five passes for 130 yards and two scores.

Park Hill, whose season came to an end at 11-2, was led offensively by quarterback Billy Maples' 169 yards and one touchdown through the air. Kentrez Bell had nine receptions for 66 yards and a TD in his final game for the Trojans.